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Installing Debian 64 bit from a USB

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This should be very simple.

I downloaded the netinstall 64bit version from linux.org for my amd64 machine from http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/8.5.0/amd64/bt-cd/ and downloaded the following image to my pc and copied it to my usb key., debian-8.5.0-amd64-netinst.iso.torrent

I made sure that the bios read my usb key first.

When i boot, i see the machine briefly look at the usb, then it boots regularly.

HELPPPP!

Any suggestions.
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by:Gerwin Jansen
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Did you verify the image downloaded? How did you write the image to the USB drive? Does the USB boot on another machine?
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You have to download the full iso, a torrent isn't the full file. To be able to download a torrent you must use a torrent client. What OS are you using to download the torrent from? If it is Windows, I suggest using qBittorrent:

http://portableapps.com/
http://portableapps.com/apps/internet/qbittorrent_portable

Once you have the full iso, you won't be able to just copy it to your USB stick. You rather need to use a utility to make a bootable USB stick from the iso, WinSetupFromUSB is very good for this:

http://www.winsetupfromusb.com/

Besides that I suggest you download another Debian iso from the Debian Website. NetInstall is very small and only allows you to connect to the internet so you can download and install the rest of the OS. It requires more work and isn't easy for a rooky. Rather get the full installation image, or the Debian live image.
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by:Koolandrew
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Thanks very much. The whole issue was the usb, as i thought i could just copy the image to the usb like a cd...............dugghhhhhhhhhhh!!!
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Just copying an iso to a CD or DVD would be no good. You also need a burning utility that has an option to burn iso's to the optical media.
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Right you are...........my memory is dwindling.
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