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Make Bootable Pen Drive [Windows, Linux, Mac OS]

Discussion in 'Tech, Gadgets & Science Forum' started by MziziMkavu, Jan 15, 2011.

  1. MziziMkavu

    MziziMkavu JF-Expert Member

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    [​IMG]One of the biggest problems we face with CD/DVDs are that they are slow and unreliable. We tend to use Bootable/Live USB Drives as alternatives but we are clueless on how to do it.
    In this guide, we will walk you through all the possible ways:
    1. Create Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 Bootable USB
    2. Create Live Portable USB Windows XP
    3. Create Bootable USB for Ubuntu, and all other Linux Distros
    UNetbootin is a handy and Open source util allows you to create bootable Live USB drives for a variety of Linux distributions from Windows or Linux.UNetbootin works out of the box for automatically downloading and loading: Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, PCLinuxOS, Linux Mint, Sabayon Linux, Gentoo, MEPIS, openSUSE, Zenwalk, Slax, Dreamlinux, Arch Linux, Elive, CentOS, Damn Small Linux, Mandriva, SliTaz, FaunOS, Puppy Linux, FreeBSD, gNewSense, Frugalware Linux, NetBSD but can work with others too.
    Note: If you need any help/assistance, contact us @taranfx.
    UNetbootin can also be used to load various system utilities, including:

    • Backtrack, a linux distro for network analysis and penetration testing.
    • Smart Boot Manager (SBM), which can boot off CD-ROM and floppy drives on computers with a faulty BIOS.
    • Gujin, a graphical bootloader that can also be used to boot various operating systems and media.
    • Parted Magic, a partition manager that can resize, repair, backup, and restore partitions.
    • Super Grub Disk, a boot utility that can restore and repair overwritten and misconfigured GRUB installs or directly boot various operating systems
    • FreeDOS, which can run BIOS flash and other legacy DOS utilities.
    • Ophcrack, a utility which can recover Windows passwords.
    • NTPasswd, a utility which can reset Windows passwords and edit the registry.
    The Windows and Linux version are very similar in UI. Run the executable, and select a distribution, floppy/hard disk image, or kernel/initrd to load, select a target drive (USB Drive or Hard Disk), then reboot once done.
    Before rebooting, make sure you set this USB drive as active.
    DISKPART > list disk
    > select disk 1 --> replace "1" with your USBdisk #
    > select partition 0
    > active Now reboot and go to the BIOS settings and change the startup order to boot from USB, you should boot into OS installer/Live boot into OS.
    4. Creating Bootable USB in Mac OS X (Leopard or higher) using DiskUtil

    1. Open a Terminal, Insert your flash media and run diskutil list again and determine the device node assigned to your flash media (e.g. /dev/disk2)
    2. Run diskutil unmountDisk /dev/diskN
    3. Execute sudo dd if=/path/to/downloaded.img of=/dev/diskN bs=1m
    4. Run diskutil eject /dev/diskN and remove your flash media when the command completes

    Also check Make Bootable USB [OSx86, Snow Leopard]
  2. MziziMkavu

    MziziMkavu JF-Expert Member

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    Make Bootable USB [OSx86, Snow Leopard]

    [​IMG]There could be infinite number of reasons why you would like to install Mac OSx86 or Native Snow Leopard from a Bootable USB stick. The most Obvious reasons I can think of:

    • Faster Installation
    • Installation for Netbooks/Smartbooks which have no optical drive
    • Damaged/faulty optical drive.
    • More reliable way of installation
    Whatever your reason is, here’s how you can proceed with making bootable USB.

    Note: This guide can be used for installation of both Native/Hackintosh Retail Snow Leopard OR OSx86 distro like Leopard Kalyway 10.5.6 and SnowOSX v3.x Snow Leopard. In other words no matter what version of Mac OS X you wish to install via USB, this method works. The credit goes to holyfield for his basic guide. This guide is much more simplified and illustrated making it truly feasable for just any one to perform it.
    Before you begin, Make sure you have the following ready with you:

    • A USB stick of size equal or greater than the OSx86 distro (8GB or higher will work with all)
    • OSx86 Distro (like SnowOSX, Kalyway, iPC, iDeneb, etc) or RETAIL Snow Leopard Disc which you wish to install.
    • A Running Mac OS X (hackintosh or Native)
    • OSx86 Tools Download from Google Code
    Step 1. Prepairing USB Thumb Stick:
    Open Disk Utility from Applications > Utilities > DiskUtility.
    If creating Disk for Native Snow Leopard:
    Erase the disk with “Mac OS X (Journaled)” and the click Erase.
    If Creating for OSx86/ Hackintosh:
    Select your USB drive click “Partition” Tab. Change Volume Scheme to “1 Partition”. Select Format “Mac OS X (Journaled)” with Partition map scheme “MBR” under “options” and Apply.
    Step 2. Restoring Snow Leopard/ OSx86 Disc/ISO/DMG to USB drive
    Insert your retail Snow Leopard/OSx86 Disc or mount the ISO/DMG you wish to use. Click “Restore” and select source and destination as shown below. I’m using My HP 16gb Usb named “Taranfx” in t he example below:

    Hit Restore. This would take anywhere between 10 minutes (if using ISO/dmg) and 30 minutes (using DVD).
    Step 3. Making the USB Bootable [Not applicable if your are installing Native Snow Leopard]
    Now run the OSx86 Tools that you downloaded initially. Select “Install EFI/Run FDISK” and then select disk to use i.e. USB and “EFI to install” followed by “Install EFI” as shown below:
    That’s all. Enable USB boot in BIOS and reboot from USB, your installation should begin.
    We keep on posting new Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Hackintosh. You can stay in touch with updates @taranfx on Twitter.
    If you are installing OSx86 Hackintosh, you can check our guides: