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    what is the simplest way to burn an iso to a usb

    thank you

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    Re: what is the simplest way to burn an iso to a usb

    On Windows use something like LILI http://www.linuxliveusb.com/ or unetbootin. On Linux multisystem http://liveusb.info/dotclear/index.php?pages/install or unetbootin or the startup disk creator on Ubuntu.. The last one is only for Ubuntu iso.

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    Re: what is the simplest way to burn an iso to a usb

    monkeybrain20122 mentioned several including one that is normally recommended - a semi "standard" - unetbootin. It runs on many OS's - Windows, Linux, Mac (if I'm remembering correctly), etc.. So the experience is the same across any platforms. It's simple to use, and you can point it to an ISO if you have downloaded one, or you can select what you want right in the unetbootin.

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    Re: what is the simplest way to burn an iso to a usb

    ... and remember to format the USB to FAT32 before using UNetbootin, if you go that way.

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    Re: what is the simplest way to burn an iso to a usb

    I find it easy to use mkusb according to this

    Ubuntu Forums tutorial "Howto make USB boot drives"

    You get general instructions and a lot of links at this Ubuntu wiki page

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

    and there is a detailed help page for Unetbootin at this link

    Paul Sutton's Unetbootin how to


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    Re: what is the simplest way to burn an iso to a usb

    After I tried many programs to create bootable usb, I found out that unetbootin is best.

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    Re: what is the simplest way to burn an iso to a usb

    UNetbootin has a bit ugly startup screen, I prefer Startup Disk Creator from the Live CD.
    Either way you can remove the Try/Install screen by replacing the contents of syslinux.cfg with:

    Code:
        default persistent
        label persistent
          say Booting a persistent Ubuntu session...
          kernel /casper/vmlinuz
          append  file=/cdrom/preseed/ubuntu.seed boot=casper persistent initrd=/casper/initrd.lz quiet splash noprompt --
    for 64bit use "vmlinuz.efi"

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    Re: what is the simplest way to burn an iso to a usb

    Code:
    sudo dd if=/path/to/iso of=/dev/sdX oflag=direct bs=1M
    Don't need special programs to do it, it's built in.

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    Re: what is the simplest way to burn an iso to a usb

    Yes, dd is very powerful, but there is a reason why it is nicknamed 'disk destroyer'. The shell-script mkusb uses dd under the hood, and help you doing it safely.

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    Re: what is the simplest way to burn an iso to a usb

    Quote Originally Posted by sudodus View Post
    Yes, dd is very powerful, but there is a reason why it is nicknamed 'disk destroyer'. The shell-script mkusb uses dd under the hood, and help you doing it safely.
    +100

    there is a current thread about a guy that wiped his HDD using dd....

    proceed with MUCH caution !!!

    I have never had any problems using Start Up Disk Creator...

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