How to use the Dell Hosted Recovery Image of Linux

How to use the Dell Hosted Recovery Image of Linux



This article contains information on creating a Linux recovery media using the Dell Hosted Recovery Image and instructions on installing Linux operating system using the Dell Hosted Recovery Image media.

Table of contents:

  1. Create a bootable USB Media using a Linux computer (Graphical Method)
  2. Create a bootable USB Media using a Linux computer (Command Line Method)
  3. Create a bootable USB Media using a Microsoft Windows computer (Graphical Method)
  4. Installing Linux operating system from the Dell Hosted Recovery Image media

What is included on the Dell Hosted Recovery Image?

Dell customization of the Linux recovery image includes:

  • All factory installed device drivers for the specific platform.
Note: The Dell Hosted Recovery ISO should only be used on Dell computers. It is not designed or tested to be used with non-Dell computers.

Create bootable USB Media using a Linux computer (Graphical Method)

Prerequisites :

  • Your Linux computer should have Startup Disk Creator tool installed.
  • Verify that the USB key used for imaging is at least 4GB in capacity.
Warning: Creating a bootable USB key will erase the contents in the USB key. Copy any important data from the USB key before creating a bootable USB key.

To create a bootable USB Media:

  1. Verify that the USB key used for imaging is at least 4GB in capacity.
  2. If the downloaded file ends in a .zip extension, unzip the downloaded file to get the .iso or .img file.
  3. Insert the USB key in your Linux computer where the recovery image has been downloaded and unzipped.
  4. Open the Startup Disk Creator tool.
    1. On Ubuntu this can be accomplished by clicking the Ubuntu logo.
    2. Type Startup Disk.
    3. Select the application that shows up.
  5. In the tool browse to select the .iso or .img image that has been downloaded.
  6. In the tool select the USB device that has been plugged in.
  7. Press the Make Startup Disk button to install the image to the USB disk.
  8. Once the recovery image has been copied to the USB key, safely remove the USB key from the computer.
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Create a bootable USB Media using a Linux computer (Command Line Method)

Prerequisites :

  • Your Linux system should have dd disk tool installed.
  • Verify that the USB key used for imaging is at least 4GB in capacity.
Warning: Creating a bootable USB key will erase the contents in the USB key. Copy any important data from the USB key before creating a bootable USB key.

To create a bootable USB Media:

  1. Verify that the USB key used for imaging is at least 4GB in capacity.
  2. If the downloaded file ends in a .zip extension, unzip the downloaded file to get the .iso or .img file.
  3. Insert the USB key in your Linux computer where the recovery image has been downloaded and unzipped.
  4. The system image is meant to be flashed to a raw device (I.e., no partitions). On Linux, this can be done like the example shown below:
    1. login: $ dd if=my_usb_image.iso of=/dev/sdX bs=4M
    2. my_usb_image.iso or the my_usb_image.img file is the unzipped recovery image file downloaded and provided as input file to dd tool.
    3. /dev/sdX is the drive assigned by Linux computer to the USB key, it could /dev/sdb, /dev/sdc etc.
    4. Use cat partitions command to find out the /dev/ assignment for the inserted USB key.
      That USB key /dev/ is provided as output file to the dd tool.
  5. Once the recovery image has been copied to the USB key, safely remove the USB key from the computer.
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Create a bootable USB Media using a Microsoft Windows computer (Graphical Method)

Prerequisites :

  • Download and install Win32DiskImager software in your system, this is available at Sourceforge website.
  • Verify that the USB key used for imaging is at least 4GB in capacity.
Warning: Creating a bootable USB key will erase the contents in the USB key. Copy any important data from the USB key before creating a bootable USB key.

To create a bootable USB Media:

  1. Verify that the USB key used for imaging is at least 4GB in capacity.
  2. If the downloaded file ends in a .zip extension, unzip the downloaded file to get the .iso or .img file.
  3. Insert the USB key in your Windows system where the Win32DiskImager tool is installed.
  4. Launch Win32DiskImager tool.
  5. The USB key that was inserted would show up in the Win32DiskImager tool under Device menu with a drive letter assigned, eg., it might show up a D: or E: etc.
  6. Once the image is read by the tool, click Write on the Win32DiskImager tool. This will write the whole image on to the USB key.
  7. Once completed, exit from the Win32DiskImager tool and safely remove the USB key from the Windows computer.
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Installing Linux operating system from the Dell Hosted Recovery Image media

To install the Linux operating system using the USB media created above, follow these steps:

  1. Insert the recovery media into a USB port, depending on the format you used to create the recovery media.
  2. Power OFF the computer.
  3. Power ON the computer, at the Dell logo screen, tap the F12 key several times until you see Preparing one time boot menu in the top right corner of the screen.
  4. At the boot menu, select the device under UEFI BOOT that matches your media type (USB or DVD).
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process. This will take some time and your computer may restart several times.
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Article ID: SLN301761

Last Date Modified: 07/23/2018 06:31 AM


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