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Author Topic: HOW TO Make a Bootable Install USB Stick  (Read 3030 times)
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« on: April 29, 2012, 11:27:32 pm »

HOW TO MAKE A BOOTABLE INSTALL USB STICK without Unetbootin or Isomaster.

Format a stick to FAT32.

I use gparted and set a boot flag.

Mount stick with thunar

Check on which /dev stick is mounted with "mount" command.
Not needed if gparted is used. It tells which device.

As root on terminal give command: "syslinux /dev/sdc1" if stick is mounted on
/dev/sdc1.

As root open program "mc", go to downloaded *.iso file and click on it to open.

On the other panel of "mc" open stick like /media/something.

There one finds a file ldlinux.sys created with command "syslinux /dev/sdc1"
above.

Now copy all the directories and files from the opened let say VL7.0-STD-GOLD.iso  file
except directory /syslinux to this directory on the stick. (/media/something)

Go to /media/something and rename directory ./isolinux to ./syslinux. Open
directory syslinux and rename all isolinux.* files to syslinux.*.

That's all. Reboot and set your BIOS to boot from stick, have stick inserted
and you can install now from USB Stick.

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Megamieuwsel
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« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2015, 03:24:25 am »

Or you could simply jump to the directory where you DL-ed the iso to and then issue (on the prompt):
Code:
dd if=<your iso> of=<mountpoint of your USB-drive>
Can't get simpler/easier than this.
Works always.

Note: the usb-drive will be wiped completely before writing the install-bootdisk to it, so back up any stuff on it you want to keep first.
AND MAKE SURE YOU USE THE PROPER MOUNTPOINT FOR THE USB-DRIVE!
Some people actually wiped a harddrive, doing this due to using the wrong mountpoint(address).
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« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2015, 04:23:48 am »

The dd method works well, but going the fat32/syslinux way has advantages. You end up with a simple, single storage volume where you can stash additional files and carry with you. There is less danger of borking your system.

If you dig a little deeper into syslinux, you can put several distros on one thumb drive and create a startup menu with several options, and still have space left over for other data.
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