View Full Version : [all variants] Create USB startup disk........

October 31st, 2008, 10:27 PM
I want to create a USB startup disk, but I want to make it exactly how my system is right now. Is there a way to 'repackage' my current Ubuntu install into an ISO file so it can be put on the USB flash drive?

November 18th, 2008, 12:33 PM
That makes two of us. ...

November 18th, 2008, 05:41 PM
If your current system will fit onto a flash drive you can use dd to clone it to the flash drive.

dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdb

Before proceeding confirm that sda is the disk you wish to clone from and sdb is the partition or disk you wish to clone to.

This ends up as a Full install and not just an image.

November 19th, 2008, 10:34 PM
Great, thanks!

Do you have to specially format the drive first?

Also, is it possible to pick and choose the apps you want bought across?

November 19th, 2008, 11:12 PM
All I've used dd for is cloning entire disks, bootable flash drive to flash drive and to hdd.
It clones the formatting as I have cloned disks with multiple partitions.
I understand that you can get it to leave out empty space when copying, but am not sure of the code.
Also not sure about being able to only choose certain apps.

You might also want to check this out, I've not tried it yet:


November 19th, 2008, 11:15 PM
Hmm, I'll look into it