My experience tells me that the graphical startup disk creator can cause
the same problems as using the other tools you know (only exception
being, of course, GNU `dd`).

As far as I understand (and please, don't take my words as true, because
I'm still learning what `dd` does): `dd` works because it copies the
**contents** of the input file to output file.

However, if I recall correctly `dd` doesn't make registries in the file
system where the output file is (for example, if you were to use `dd` to
copy a directory to some other place in same file system, you might end
up with a broken output file). This is why we must unmount the USB disk
device (and preferably, format it) before copying a live image to it
(because the file system in this case would be that of the USB disk
device).

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