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    bootable USB and ISO images

    I've some question regarding bootable pendrive and ISO.

    • How to make a normal ISOimage(just containing folders) or USB boot-able ,if one wants to do it manually, how to do it ?
    • what is difference in BOOTSECTOR of normal pendrive and a bootable pendrive ?
    • What if I have UBUNTU ISO(not a LIVE-CD) with all it's content, how to make it bootable?

    Any help or link will work too ......


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    Re: bootable USB and ISO images

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Forums

    You can start looking at the following links

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/In...n/FromUSBStick

    Ubuntu Forums tutorial "Howto make USB boot drives"

    and come back with more questions afterwards

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    Re: bootable USB and ISO images

    thank you sir ...!!
    dd method didn't worked for me ...!
    I used this command...
    dd if=/media/impStuff/diskImages/image.iso of=/dev/sdb1 bs=4096
    For the same image, when i use 'unetbootin' it works ...you
    I saw installing grub method in pendrive, that seems little tedious and is not properly explained ....
    Using dd or installingGrub any of these methods are nice to understand things....
    But till now, I've always used unetbootin to make bootable pendrive....and it has always worked for me, but now I want to understand that, before i use software to ease my work ....
    2. Sir, i used to use win7 earlier and used to follow these steps:
    LIST DISK
    Selecting my DISK
    CLEAN
    CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
    SELECT PARITITION 1
    ACTIVE //when i used help for it: It says, this command makes the disk ACTIVE
    FORMAT FS=FAT32
    ASSIGN
    ACTIVE

    and then move the contents to Disk drive, just copy pasting and it used to work for me too. If you know it, please tell me how did this work ....!!

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    Re: bootable USB and ISO images

    Quote Originally Posted by proton1h1 View Post
    thank you sir ...!!
    dd method didn't worked for me ...!
    I used this command...
    dd if=/media/impStuff/diskImages/image.iso of=/dev/sdb1 bs=4096
    You had the wrong target. You cloned the iso file to the first partition, when you should have cloned it to the whole drive /dev/sdb

    Code:
    dd if=/media/impStuff/diskImages/image.iso of=/dev/sdb bs=4096
    For the same image, when i use 'unetbootin' it works ...you
    I saw installing grub method in pendrive, that seems little tedious and is not properly explained ....
    Using dd or installingGrub any of these methods are nice to understand things....
    But till now, I've always used unetbootin to make bootable pendrive....and it has always worked for me, but now I want to understand that, before i use software to ease my work ....
    I'm glad unetbootin works well for you
    2. Sir, i used to use win7 earlier and used to follow these steps:
    LIST DISK
    Selecting my DISK
    CLEAN
    CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
    SELECT PARITITION 1
    ACTIVE //when i used help for it: It says, this command makes the disk ACTIVE
    FORMAT FS=FAT32
    ASSIGN
    ACTIVE

    and then move the contents to Disk drive, just copy pasting and it used to work for me too. If you know it, please tell me how did this work ....!!
    I use Windows very seldom nowadays ...

    - Clean might mean that you delete the partition table.
    - Active probably means that you add that boot flag for the partition. It is used by Windows, but not necessary for Linux.
    - Making partitions and file systems is quite easy to do with gparted from a live USB CD/DVD/USB drive. Unetbootin needs it, but if you clone with dd, it is not necessary, the cloning will create 'everything' in one single step.

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    Re: bootable USB and ISO images

    Only some ISO can use dd as they have to be configured that way.

    The daily ISOs for the Ubuntu Oneiric 11.10 development cycle (and all official Ubuntu CD releases going forward)
    for i386 and x86_64 platforms will be now spun as hybrid ISOs. Or you can use dd.
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...ghlight=Hybrid

    The standard ISO on a flash drive uses syslinux boot loader which works like Windows boot loader. It has code in MBR and more code in PBR - partition boot sector. Configuration files are then in install's isolinux folders.
    New versions use grub for UEFI boot, so it also has grub in efi partition and grub2's efi files in /boot.
    Grub with BIOS boot has code in MBR, but does not use PBR.

    This shows Vista, but is how BIOS/MBR systems boot with MBR & PBR.

    Pictures here worth 1000+ words
    http://www.multibooters.co.uk/multiboot.html
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
    Please use Thread Tools above first post to close thread when/if answered completely.







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    Re: bootable USB and ISO images

    finally "dd" worked with hybrid iso, and it's the easiest method. Meanwhile i found "syslinux", syslinux method was better for me, since i can use the pendrive after making it bootable to store my data too. All my doubts about bootable part in the disc are clear too, and remaining will go out by time ..!!
    Thanks for help sudodus and oldfred
    Last edited by proton1h1; October 12th, 2013 at 06:56 PM. Reason: to make answer complete

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