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    Re: Howto make USB boot drives

    Try to convert to a hybrid iso file

    ISO files that can be be cloned to working USB boot drives are called hybrid iso files. I tested and could make working USB boot drives from

    - ubuntu flavours 12.04+ (Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu, Xubuntu, ... , desktop, alternate and server work, but not mini.iso)
    - mini.iso version 13.04. See this link.
    - linux mint 13+
    - clonezilla
    - debian stable
    - webconverger

    while some other iso files did not work (although they make good CD boot disks). I could convert such an iso file to a hybrid iso (another person's 12.04 LTS re-spin using my own 12.04 LTS system) with the following command

    Code:
    isohybrid downloaded-file.iso
    It converts the iso in-place (the file is overwritten), so make a copy before you run isohybrid if you want to keep the original file untouched. See the following link

    http://gparted-forum.surf4.info/view...d=30798#p30798

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    Re: Howto make USB boot drives

    sudo usb-creator-gtk

    opens startup disk creator's GUI
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    Re: Howto make USB boot drives

    Yes, the 'command line names' usb-creator-gtk and usb-creator-kde correspond to the 'menu name' Startup Disk Creator (which is translated to the language used) and there is a detailed description of that tool at the wiki page

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/In...un_usb-creator

    Temporary edit: usb-creator-gtk is buggy in Lubuntu 13.04 and 13.10, and is being debugged. There is project to rewrite it for 14.04 LTS. If you still have problems with usb-creator-gtk, as a temporary workaround, you can try using usb-creator-kde or unetbootin or one of the other tools instead. See details at post #4
    Last edited by sudodus; November 20th, 2013 at 11:19 AM.

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    Re: Howto make USB boot drives

    mkusb version 5 is uploaded in a compressed tar file, a tarball.

    New in version 5: In response to a user request mkusb will install pv automatically (if not already installed), when the user answers yes; the default in no (y/N).

    There is only one attached file at post #1 and it contains the new version 5 of mkusb and also previous versions for users that like simple scripts. Extract the script from the compressed file with one of these commands (or file-roller).

    Code:
    tar -xvOf mkusb-ball.tar.gz mkusb-old-plus-minor-fix > mkusb
    tar -xvOf mkusb-ball.tar.gz mkusb3 > mkusb
    tar -xvOf mkusb-ball.tar.gz mkusb4 > mkusb
    tar -xvOf mkusb-ball.tar.gz mkusb5 > mkusb
    I use the file name mkusb, put it into my ~/bin directory and make it executable.

    Code:
    chmod ugo+x mkusb
    The current size and md5sum are listed in the next code box. Check that the file is correct before you start using it!

    Code:
    wc -c mkusb;md5sum mkusb  # from mkusb5.gz
    11692 mkusb
    ab435d9606f30ee0ec0f1a46b849dbc1  mkusb
    
    wc -c mkusb;md5sum mkusb  # from mkusb4.gz
    11373 mkusb
    6ce8db8c1981e905800dfbb1f500176a  mkusb
    
    wc -c mkusb;md5sum mkusb  # from mkusb3.gz
    6119 mkusb
    ef16e65a7996cc0b5142fca81d9f9c83  mkusb
    
    wc -c mkusb-old-plus-minor-fix; md5sum mkusb-old-plus-minor-fix
    4916 mkusb-old-plus-minor-fix
    5fb04df7cdccaf915fac6978c6f6b6f4  mkusb-old-plus-minor-fix
    Use the new version 5, or stay with an earlier version for example version 3 with more direct interaction in the terminal window.
    Last edited by sudodus; November 22nd, 2013 at 08:30 AM.

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    Re: Howto make USB boot drives

    Quick start manual and mkusb

    The fastest way to start making USB boot drives is to download the quick start manual and the shell-script mkusb and check the md5sums.

    - Download the quick start manual and mkusb http://phillw.net/isos/one-button-installer/scripts/
    - View or download the quick start manual http://ubuntuone.com/13HPbV48PmonVgkac8KK3l
    - Check the md5sums http://phillw.net/isos/one-button-in...ums-phillw.txt
    Last edited by sudodus; November 23rd, 2013 at 06:59 AM.

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    Re: Howto make USB boot drives

    Thank you for the tutorial, I was just looking for that!

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    Re: Howto make USB boot drives

    You are welcome, I hope it works well for you

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    Re: Howto make USB boot drives

    A tool that helps boot some computers from [other] USB boot drives - Chainloader

    The chainloader is useful for middle-aged computers, for example computers without a CD/DVD drive, where it can be hard to boot from a USB drive, or when you want to run from a fast USB 3 drive that is unwilling to boot.

    What is new, why a new tool? Isn't it enough to be able to use mkusb or the other tools?

    The answer is in this link to the tutorial Howto help USB boot drives

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    Re: Howto make USB boot drives

    mkusb version 6 is uploaded in a compressed tar file, a tarball.

    Version 6 contains a bugfix. All calls with sudo in the code are removed, which makes mkusb work in systems that lack the sudo command (but where it is possible to run as the user root).

    There is only one attached file at post #1 and it contains the new version 6 of mkusb and also previous versions. Extract the script from the compressed file with one of these commands (or file-roller).

    Code:
    tar -xvOf mkusb-ball.tar.gz mkusb-old-plus-minor-fix > mkusb
    tar -xvOf mkusb-ball.tar.gz mkusb3 > mkusb
    ...
    tar -xvOf mkusb-ball.tar.gz mkusb6 > mkusb
    I use the file name mkusb, put it into my ~/bin directory and make it executable.

    Code:
    chmod ugo+x mkusb
    The current size and md5sum are listed in the next code box. Check that the file is correct before you start using it!

    Code:
    wc -c mkusb;md5sum mkusb  # from mkusb6
    11677 mkusb
    8c0f0a3cc52a0267036a4a7c78f4a8f6  mkusb
    
    Last edited by sudodus; January 7th, 2014 at 07:57 AM.

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    Re: Howto make USB boot drives

    The reason that usb-creator-gtk doesn't work may be because the iso file is not on a local file system.
    When I selected an iso file on an sshfs mounted filesystem, it refused to create the disk, displaying an error message indicating "Installation failed". Once I moved the .iso file to the local file system it worked without any issues.

    This is on xubuntu 13.10
    Last edited by ager-wick; January 14th, 2014 at 09:18 AM. Reason: omitted OS version

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