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:
2. Create Live Portable USB Windows XP
3. Create Bootable USB for Ubuntu, and all other Linux Distros
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
- 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)
- Run diskutil unmountDisk /dev/diskN
- Execute sudo dd if=/path/to/downloaded.img of=/dev/diskN bs=1m
- Run diskutil eject /dev/diskN and remove your flash media when the command completes
Also check Make Bootable USB [OSx86, Snow Leopard]