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Thread: "Known Good" USB stick for Unetbootin?

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    "Known Good" USB stick for Unetbootin?

    Tried creating a bootable Linux installer yesterday. Using a GParted LiveCD, I formatted a thumb drive to fat32 as suggested at Unetbootin website. Downloaded unetbootin from repos. Fired up the application and asked it to create a bootable drive from an .iso saved to the Desktop. Everything appeared to go OK but the stick won't boot.

    I tried the drive in a couple of different PC's. Using the Boot Options keys, I chose USB device. In both cases, the PC appears to look at the thumb drive, then boots from HDD.

    If I open the thumb drive from a running Linux PC, the contents look like a LiveCD to me; the same filenames, etc.

    I think I'll try again by booting from a LiveCD, then going to Start-Up Disc Creator. If that doesn't work I'll try again using PenDrive on a Windows PC. In the meantime can anyone suggest a "known good" brand of thumb drive? Some comments online indicate some thumb drives just don't work as bootable.

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    Re: "Known Good" USB stick for Unetbootin?

    Some usb's have installed security software and can give you trouble.

    Myself, I use PNY usb's for linux without trouble. They have been totally dependable and best part; PNY is cheap.

    I really think just about any usb will work that comes with nothing pre-installed on it.

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    Re: "Known Good" USB stick for Unetbootin?

    Yeah, I know what you mean. I'm careful to buy plain old blank drives. I've got a 2GB PNY, will try that next.

    I got nowheres with PenDrive. I tried several CD's but couldn't get any of them to load into PenDrive. It looked like I coulda downloaded but I'm on satellite. Can't waste bandwidth.

    So I tried Ubuntu Start-Up Disk Creator. I'm getting this same message (attached) whether I try from a LiveCD or try from the Desktop.

    EDIT: Well, I got further with the PNY thumb drive than the first one. The first drive is brand-named Tone. A guy gave it to me.

    Using the PNY, Ubuntu Start-Up Disk Creator gave me no troubles. Did its thing. But when I rebooted trying to use the disc I got a black screen.

    "No init found. Try passing init: bootary"
    "BusyBox v.1.33"

    There was some other stuff, but when we get to this sort of thing I retreat.

    ANOTHER EDIT: Sorry, it's a Sony-branded thumb drive I was trying out next, not PNY. So I tried it again, but this time I asked the Ubuntu Start-up Disk Creator (USUDC) to "Erase Disk" first. Then did the rest of it over again. This time it's working.
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    Re: "Known Good" USB stick for Unetbootin?

    It may not be the USB stick -- it may be unetbootin.

    I tried using unetbooting to create a bootable USB for 12.04 -- and while the app said it worked, the USB stick would not boot.

    So, I tried again, using the same USB stick, but this time, with the Universal USB Installer, downloaded from PendriveLinux.com.

    This time, using the same USB stick, it booted just fine.
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