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    Software for sending ISO to USB drive instead of CD

    Hi,

    I'm trying to send an ISO to a USB drive instead of a CD, but tuxboot, the software I'm currently using keeps erroring. Does anyone know of any free, decent software that will do the same thing? I've tried Roxio but this will only do it to CD/DVD.

    The intended use is to create a boot drive for Clonezilla.

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    Re: Software for sending ISO to USB drive instead of CD

    pendrivelinux.com has I believe a USB ISO installer. Universal-USB-Installer-1.8.9.3 is in my system file resources folder, so I know I must have used it to install some Linux distro on a USB stick.

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    Re: Software for sending ISO to USB drive instead of CD

    You can open ISO files in WinRAR, and I presume other archiving software will do the same. Presumably then you could just copy the files over, and provided the partition is bootable, it'll be fine. Never tried it though.

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    Re: Software for sending ISO to USB drive instead of CD

    Consider getting a Zalman ZM-VE300 (USB3, £39) or ZM-VE200 (USB2, £21) instead. They are awesome.

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    Re: Software for sending ISO to USB drive instead of CD

    Just to be sure, have you seen: http://clonezilla.org/liveusb.php?

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    Re: Software for sending ISO to USB drive instead of CD

    Soooooooooooooooo......... from the top.

    There is no "universal" way to take any bootable ISO, and put it on anything other than a CD/DVD, and expect it to boot.

    1) if the ISO was made using a method called "isohybrid", then it can be both an ISO and a hard disk image at the same time - imaging it directly onto a USB drive (e.g. using dd on *nix) will work

    2) on a per-OS basis, there are a variety of techniques to take a non-isohybrid ISO and use it as the basis of a USB stick. Per OS meaning you need a different method for Windows, and a different method for various different Linux distributions. unetbootin is an app, as an example, which tries to support creating a bootable USB stick from a variety of different distro ISOs

    3) there is no boot loader which can simply use an ISO file as input, sadly

    4) there are USB hard drives, like the ZM-VE300, which can emulate a USB CD drive on a target ISO (USB CD and USB HDD use different mechanisms, so you can't do this with just any drive)

    5) you can't "just" open an ISO and copy its contents to a USB stick. The boot loader on the USB stick won't be wired up to load the OS correctly.

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    Re: Software for sending ISO to USB drive instead of CD

    I found XBoot on that LinuxLive site, given that a try and I'll see how that pans out today. Otherwise, I shall use the other hints given here.

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    Well, linuxlive worked in the end!

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    Re: Software for sending ISO to USB drive instead of CD

    Quote Originally Posted by directhex View Post
    Soooooooooooooooo......... from the top.

    There is no "universal" way to take any bootable ISO, and put it on anything other than a CD/DVD, and expect it to boot.

    1) if the ISO was made using a method called "isohybrid", then it can be both an ISO and a hard disk image at the same time - imaging it directly onto a USB drive (e.g. using dd on *nix) will work

    2) on a per-OS basis, there are a variety of techniques to take a non-isohybrid ISO and use it as the basis of a USB stick. Per OS meaning you need a different method for Windows, and a different method for various different Linux distributions. unetbootin is an app, as an example, which tries to support creating a bootable USB stick from a variety of different distro ISOs

    3) there is no boot loader which can simply use an ISO file as input, sadly

    4) there are USB hard drives, like the ZM-VE300, which can emulate a USB CD drive on a target ISO (USB CD and USB HDD use different mechanisms, so you can't do this with just any drive)

    5) you can't "just" open an ISO and copy its contents to a USB stick. The boot loader on the USB stick won't be wired up to load the OS correctly.
    that is worthy of a Wikipedia entry I think Hex

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