Prepare live USB

Download the ISO from and prepare live USB with dd.

dd bs=4M if=/path/to/archlinux.iso of=/dev/sdx status=progress && sync

Boot into live environment

  • Check if installation supports EFI: ls /sys/firmware/efi/efivars. There should be a listing with no errors.
  • Update the system clock: timedatectl set-ntp true.
  • Select closest mirror list. nano /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist and move the entry for the closest mirror list to the top of the file.

Partition disks

I have two disks: one SSD and one conventional. As is a popular approach now, I chose to mount / on the SSD and /home on the conventional hard disk. On my system, running lsblk shows the SSD as /dev/sdb and the conventional hard disk as /dev/sda.

  • gdisk /dev/sdb: remove existing partitions (option o); create new partition table (option n); set first partition to size +512M as type EF00 (EFI System) and the second partition to the default as type 8304 (Linux x86-64 root); verify (option p) and write changes (option w).
  • gdisk /dev/sda: repeat as above, creating a swap partition (code 8200) equal to RAM size, and the remainder as the home partition (code 8302).

Format partitions

mkfs.fat -F32 /dev/sdb1
mkfs.ext4 /dev/sdb2
mkswap /dev/sda1
swapon /dev/sda1
mkfs.ext4 /dev/sda2

Mount file systems

mount /dev/sdb2 /mnt
mkdir /mnt/boot
mount /dev/sdb1 /mnt/boot
mount /dev/sda2 /home

Install Arch Linux

pacstap /mnt base linux linux-firmware nano
genfstab -U /mnt >> /mnt/etc/fstab

Chroot into new installation

arch-chroot /mnt