Bug 204285 - Advice from the guide will kill user's harddisk
Summary: Advice from the guide will kill user's harddisk
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Product: Fedora Documentation
Classification: Fedora
Component: install-guide (Show other bugs)
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Version: devel
Hardware: All Linux
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Assignee: Stuart Ellis
QA Contact: Paul W. Frields
URL: http://fedora.redhat.com/docs/fedora-...
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Reported: 2006-08-28 09:25 UTC by Ulrich Schweitzer
Modified: 2007-04-18 17:48 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2006-08-28 14:34:17 UTC
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Description Ulrich Schweitzer 2006-08-28 09:25:21 UTC
In the section Introduction 4.2 (Preparing USB Boot Media) of the installation
guide it says that one should copy the boot image to the usb stick by calling

dd if=diskboot.img of=/dev/sda

without any words of warning about using the correct device. This should be
fixed as soon as possible as all new computers are shipped with SATA harddisks
that show up as /dev/sda. By following the advice from the guide a user could
erase a chunk of his harddisk including the partition table.

Comment 1 Paul W. Frields 2006-08-28 14:34:17 UTC
Good catch.  I've removed the reference to any real device name, and somewhat
improved the advice on finding the true device name.  This will make it to the
next rollout of the Installation Guide.

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