Create an Installer USB on Linux

Unfortunately, Google hasn't done the leg work to make Chrome Recovery Utility work on Linux. I'll give you some commands to run to get an installer made via Linux.

 

0) Unzip the CloudReady binary - it has to be just .bin
1) Get your USB stick plugged in, and remove ALL OTHER removable media.
2) Open a cmd line/ terminal
3) run "sudo fdisk -l" and inspect the output: you should see your hard drive and the USB stick listed as /dev/sda and /dev/sdb (if not, proceed very carefully and consider posting the output here if you're not sure)
4) If the USB is definitely sdb, you can use 'cd' to go to the same folder as where you downloaded the cloudready.bin file and run this :

"sudo dd if=cloudready.bin of=/dev/sdX bs=4M"

Where "cloudready.bin" needs to be replaced with the exact name of the binary, and "/dev/sdX" needs to be changed to /dev/sdb BUT ONLY AS LONG AS YOU ARE SURE THE USB IS SDB.

A lot of emphasis here, because whatever device is there will be completely erased.

Once the operation finishes you have the same installer the Chrome Recovery Tool would have made.

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    james r

    Thanks, that did it think. CloudyReady installing now.

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    Courtney

    If anyone didn't know you can use mkusb on linux to create a cloudready os usb as well. Here's a link on how to install. So maybe you can add this to the article? https://help.ubuntu.com/community/mkusb

    Edit: if you use mkusb you have to rename the file from .bin to .img and you can use mkusb to create a cloudready USB. 

    So basically cloudready.bin to cloudready.img (you just have to rename no need to use a converter or anything just write .img where the .bin is then you boot up mkusb and use it to make a cloudready USB)

    Edited by Courtney
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    William Butchart

    Hi there trying this method as accidentially installed ubuntu onto my laptop (long story!), How long should it take to produce the installer? so far about 20 mins and it didnt say anything when i entered the instruction just began loading (light flashing),

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    Forrest Smith

    William - depending on the USB stick and the computer's write speed, I would say this could take up to 40 minutes, but is usually closer to 30.

    If it doesn't work we can try some other options.

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    André Silva

    Hello there, after doing what you said, in my it appear dev/sdc (???)

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    Forrest Smith

    Andre-

    Does your computer have 2 hard drives? Or do you have more than one USB stick (or SD card) in your computer?

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    dragon788

    There is an official ChromeOS recovery script for Linux. What probably needs to happen is a Neverware fork of it to download the latest image from their servers instead of from Google's. It's in the Linux section on this page. https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/6002417?hl=en

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    Phil Reilly

    I used Gnome Disks to copy the image to a usb. Graphical & very easy.

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    Ralph deGennaro

    If one installs the pv package (sudo apt-get install pv), the "status=progress" argument can be put on the end to monitor the status/progress of the dd command. At least with *Ubuntu 16.04.

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    Nazmus Sakib

    I followed the steps. It seems that creating USB stick completed without any error. But when I try to install Cloudready this https://goo.gl/m6b7GW message show and nothing after. I waited 10-20 minute then force shutdown. Any suggestion?

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    Phil Reilly

    What machine? Usually an indication of incompatible hardware.

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    Nazmus Sakib

    I'm using HP EliteBook840p

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    Phil Reilly

    This occurs when booting usb? Did you disable safe boot in bios?

    & look here... https://neverware.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/221132267-How-do-I-check-if-my-computer-is-in-U-EFI-mode-

    Edited by Phil Reilly
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