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Author Topic: HOW TO Make a Bootable Install USB Stick  (Read 4663 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).
« Last Edit: January 26, 2015, 03:27:38 am by Megamieuwsel » Logged

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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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roarde
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« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2015, 12:02:04 am »

This method can be used with partitions on the stick that are formatted to ext filesystems. Just use the extlinux command instead of the syslinux command.
For example, if the target is /dev/sdb2 mounted at /mnt/tmp, instead of 'syslinux /dev/sdb2' use 'extlinux -i /mnt/tmp'.

One advantage here is that it seems to be easier to boot using the ldlinux.sys generated by extlinux when the target is an extended partition. Can be done if your boot record is set up for extended partitions (lilo -M /dev/sdb ext, for example), or you use an initial loader for the whole USB disk that understands them.

The directory for the configuration files is still called "syslinux" and is still created the same way.
Note: Some of the 7.1 RC releases reference the isolinux directory in their config files, so copying the isolinux/ contents to syslinux/ (then renaming files within syslinux/ as suggested) is more likely to work than renaming isolinux/ is.
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Robert
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« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2015, 07:40:18 am »

personally i just
Code:
dd if=/path/of/iso of=/path/to/usb
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« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2015, 07:49:17 am »

and How to use USB to install Vector on a Windows system?? Huh Huh
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« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2015, 01:01:09 pm »

@Dot_Dot: On a Windows system you can use unetbootin.

http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/
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