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    How do I make a Startup Disk?

    I need to make a startup disk for my Ubuntu 12.04. Could you please tell me where I can find instructions for using the 'Startup Disk Creator' found in Ubuntu Applications.

    Thank you
    Last edited by Melita; March 17th, 2013 at 04:31 PM.

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    Re: How do I make a Startup Disk?

    Please wait a while and consider what you have and what you want before going ahead! We are many people here to help

    - Please post the specs of your hardware, at least cpu, ram and graphics chip/card

    - Please let us know what main tasks you want to run on the computer

    - Would you prefer CD, DVD or USB for the boot drive.

    Then we can suggest what iso file(s) to download, how to check them with md5sum, and how to make a boot CD/DVD or USB drive.

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    Re: How do I make a Startup Disk?

    The startup disk creator is rather self-explanatory, but you have more information here

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/FromUSBStick

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    Re: How do I make a Startup Disk?

    Quote Originally Posted by sudodus View Post
    Please wait a while and consider what you have and what you want before going ahead! We are many people here to help

    - Please post the specs of your hardware, at least cpu, ram and graphics chip/card

    - Please let us know what main tasks you want to run on the computer

    - Would you prefer CD, DVD or USB for the boot drive.

    Then we can suggest what iso file(s) to download, how to check them with md5sum, and how to make a boot CD/DVD or USB drive.
    I already have Ubuntu 12.04 installed in my computer - Main Board Asus P5LD2. For this, I downloaded Ubuntu on to a DVD and installed successfully. In the 'Applications' at Home page I saw the 'Startup Disk Creator'. I am assuming this to be something that I can create and use in the event of a boot failure. If I am correct in assuming this, then I want to create a bootable disk, on a DVD (I don't have CDs), and keep it with me.

    Thank you.
    Last edited by Melita; March 16th, 2013 at 08:42 PM.

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    Re: How do I make a Startup Disk?

    Just for in case of rescue your system you could use your install DVD. Just boot it to maintanance or recue mode or even a shell prompt.

    But I just found a tutorial movie here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaP6nin7sFw

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    Re: How do I make a Startup Disk?

    Quote Originally Posted by Melita View Post
    I already have Ubuntu 12.04 installed in my computer - Main Board Asus P5LD2. For this, I downloaded Ubuntu on to a DVD and installed successfully. In the 'Applications' at Home page I saw the 'Startup Disk Creator'. I am assuming this to be something that I can create and use in the event of a boot failure. If I am correct in assuming this, then I want to create a bootable disk, on a DVD (I don't have CDs), and keep it with me.

    Thank you.
    No it is not exactly like that. Startup disk creator is a tool to create an Ubuntu install USB drive, which is an alternative to an Ubuntu install CD/DVD drive. If you want a backup, there are other tools for that. I suggest that you get an external drive with USB and or eSATA connection(s) and use some kind of backup tool.

    There are several ways to make backups:

    - Clonezilla can make an image, that can be used to restore an exact copy of your file systems on the internal drive.

    - rsync can be used to backup partitions, directory trees etc more or less automatically. There are several GUI tools, that use rsync as the backend (the engine under the hood).

    - Other tools, that have their own engines.

    Browse the internet for linux backup tools or something similar. Or ask for tips here or in a new thread with an appropriate title to attracts those who are interested in backup.

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    Re: How do I make a Startup Disk?

    Than you for this comprehensive information. I will make another post as you suggest in a different section of the forum.

    Kind regards.

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