[tor-talk] USB Sticks for TAILS
mirimir at riseup.net
Fri Nov 15 16:49:11 UTC 2013
On 11/15/2013 05:50 AM, Moritz Bartl wrote:
> I know there is a dedicated mailinglist for TAILS, but I figured I would
> reach a larger audience here, and it might be of interest to many who
> are not subscribed to the TAILS list.
> Ideally, you use TAILS from a read-only medium. CD is best, but many
> devices these days don't have an optical drive, and handling CDs is not
> as convenient as a USB stick.
> For quite some time, people kept recommending the TrekStor CS USB stick
> [ https://geizhals.de/trekstor-cs-8gb-50324-a240853.html ], one of the
> few sticks available in Germany with write-protection switch. Turns out
> they use a new firmware, and now don't support booting from it in
> read-only mode. The company confirmed this via email.
> There are roughly no alternatives, and I figured I'm not the only one
> looking for USB sticks with write protection switch. Via alibaba.com, a
> "wholesale Chinese ebay", I contacted various Chinese suppliers, and
> ended up ordering two samples. Even there, the selection of sticks with
> write protection is very limited.
> I ended up paying paying 60€ for the 2 samples because of shipping and
> Western Union fees.
> The sticks are not very fast, but acceptable, and boot in read-only
> mode. They are not as slim as I hoped for, but the supplier is friendly,
> production and shipping was very fast. (less than 2 weeks altogether).
> Logo printing is cheap ($0.15 per stick), so to try the quality I also
> had them print a logo on the samples.
> I am still undecided whether I want the final sticks to have a logo, or
> simply be blank to not attract too much attention. If you have a nice
> idea for a logo, let me know. I want to order 100 sticks in time for
> Chaos Communication Congress 30C3. The production cost is $4 per stick
> (8GB), the final price (taxes, GEMA, shipping) will likely be around $15.
I've seen a Japanese USB stick in one end of a short fake cat tail.
That would be cute, but would "attract too much attention".
But still, very cute.
> Pictures: http://share.pho.to/48Egt
> # dmesg
> [55679.884123] usb 2-1.2: new high-speed USB device number 5 using ehci_hcd
> [55680.051089] usb 2-1.2: New USB device found, idVendor=058f,
> [55680.051092] usb 2-1.2: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2,
> [55680.051094] usb 2-1.2: Product: Mass Storage
> [55680.051095] usb 2-1.2: Manufacturer: Generic
> [55680.051096] usb 2-1.2: SerialNumber: B6BA8F3F
> [55680.051459] scsi9 : usb-storage 2-1.2:1.0
> [55681.051827] scsi 9:0:0:0: Direct-Access Generic Flash Disk
> 8.07 PQ: 0 ANSI: 4
> [55681.053860] sd 9:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg1 type 0
> [55681.055544] sd 9:0:0:0: [sdb] 15937536 512-byte logical blocks: (8.16
> GB/7.59 GiB)
> [55681.056665] sd 9:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
> [55681.056676] sd 9:0:0:0: [sdb] Mode Sense: 23 00 00 00
> [55681.057742] sd 9:0:0:0: [sdb] Write cache: disabled, read cache:
> enabled, doesn't support DPO or FUA
> [55681.176618] sdb: sdb1
> [55681.179808] sd 9:0:0:0: [sdb] Attached SCSI removable disk
> # hdparm -t /dev/sdb
> Timing buffered disk reads: 54 MB in 3.07 seconds = 17.60 MB/sec
> # dd if=tails-i386-0.21.iso of=/dev/sdb bs=1M
> 891+1 records in
> 891+1 records out
> 934471680 bytes (934 MB) copied, 170.058 s, 5.5 MB/s
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