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

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.

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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]

We keep on posting such extensive Tutorials in our guides section: Follow us @taranfx if you need any Assistance or more Tips n Tricks.

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  • http://www.zoombits.de/speicherkarten speicherkarten

    Well its a good information and important too.I didn't know about this earlier and i m working on Mac OS.I have followed the steps you have given and it works perfectly.I will share this information with my friends also.

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  • Anbu

    Hi…. i have downloaded a copy of snow leopard osx from torrent… it has an ISO file with size 10 mb and a DMG file with size 4 GB…. im using windows 7 os… i want to install mac in my acer laptop… can u say me how to write this image file to DVD or a pendrive and boot it… pls explain me with clear instructions….

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    • EM

      go to insanelymac.com it has instruction on what can be hackintoshed

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  • Anonymous

    I actually cannot make a key usb for mac from internet guide. I bought a good soft ProteMac Logon Key – work nice and no problems!)
    http://www.protemac.com/logonkey/

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  • mukesh

    i also want to become a software developer how can I.
    my email adress:
    saroya.tactician@gmail.com

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