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    Unetbootin alternatives

    Lo all ,

    can you guys give me some good alternatives to Unetbootin. I have been getting a lot of misses with it and getting unbootable usb's a lot lately.

    Thank you
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    Re: Unetbootin alternatives

    Here is a list for your reference .
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...ve_USB_systems
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    Re: Unetbootin alternatives

    Any specific ones that anybody can recommend ?
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    Re: Unetbootin alternatives

    Honestly, I have better experience with Unetbootin than with other tools to make USB boot drives. But there are always exceptional cases, where some other tool might be better. Try the built-in tool in Ubuntu (Startup disk creator or something similar depending on language). Or clone the iso file directly according to this link
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1958073
    You can also try multisystem

    But you might have another problem.
    - The iso files are faulty, check with md5sum
    - The USB drive is starting to fail, if it has fat32, check/repair it with chkdsk /f from Windows.
    - There is some connection problem (worn or warped contact device). Try another USB drive and another USB port.
    - Do you have problems only from or to one or several computers? If only one computer, what could make it different?

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    Re: Unetbootin alternatives

    Quote Originally Posted by sudodus View Post
    Honestly, I have better experience with Unetbootin than with other tools to make USB boot drives. But there are always exceptional cases, where some other tool might be better. Try the built-in tool in Ubuntu (Startup disk creator or something similar depending on language). Or clone the iso file directly according to this link
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1958073
    You can also try multisystem

    But you might have another problem.
    - The iso files are faulty, check with md5sum
    - The USB drive is starting to fail, if it has fat32, check/repair it with chkdsk /f from Windows.
    - There is some connection problem (worn or warped contact device). Try another USB drive and another USB port.
    - Do you have problems only from or to one or several computers? If only one computer, what could make it different?
    I've had about the best luck with Unetbootin as well. One problem I have is that my main desktop machine (Gigabyte MA785GM-US2H) will only boot from a USB drive if the drive is first formatted in Windows. A factory format will give a failure message every time. A USB key with factory format or formatted with Gparted will boot on an older Gigabyte M.B. or notebook, just not on the one M.B. with Award modular BIOS.

    Edit: Oops, Unetbootin did work. I just downloaded a 32 bit .iso of 12.04 and wanted to create a live USB using 12.04 64 bit. Unetbootin didn't see the freshly formatted USB drive. Ubunutu's startup disk creator did work correctly this time. I tried the live USB on a couple different machines and it booted correctly each time. I'd had failures with it in the past.
    Last edited by kurt18947; April 30th, 2012 at 04:27 PM. Reason: Different experience with 12.04

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    Re: Unetbootin alternatives

    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost_Mazal View Post
    Lo all ,

    can you guys give me some good alternatives to Unetbootin. I have been getting a lot of misses with it and getting unbootable usb's a lot lately.

    Thank you
    Known issue. With Ubuntu, it will create a USB stick that just displays "Boot error" and nothing else.
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    Re: Unetbootin alternatives

    I've always found the most successful solution to be just to use dd:
    Code:
    sudo dd if=/path/to/filename.iso of=/dev/sdc
    Where sdc is the correct partition identifier for your flash drive.

    WARNING - This will erase all data on the specified device, so make sure you double check first.
    Cheesemill

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    Re: Unetbootin alternatives

    Quote Originally Posted by Cheesemill View Post
    I've always found the most successful solution to be just to use dd:
    Code:
    sudo dd if=/path/to/filename.iso of=/dev/sdc
    Where sdc is the correct partition identifier for your flash drive.

    WARNING - This will erase all data on the specified device, so make sure you double check first.
    dd doesn't work at all.

    The boot sequence now doesn't even see the stick at all.
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    Re: Unetbootin alternatives

    And now I can't even use the USB stick again

    It keeps giving mount errors , I can't even wipe the partition and create a new one.
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    Re: Unetbootin alternatives

    usb-creator that comes on the Live CD works best for me, it can be run from the Live CD as Startup Disk Creator.
    It used to come in the iso as a Windows executable, but I don't see the exe file in the 12.04 iso.

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