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Old 09-04-2008, 10:50 AM   #1
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How to extract a .iso file


I have downloaded Ubuntu and Fedora 9 and both have resulted in .iso files. I have tried everything I know and have been unable to extract the OSs. I have copied the downloads to DVDs and tried to boot from them. I hve downloaded Virtual CloneDrive and it froze my machine. I have explored the .iso downloads and tried to run the 'install' programs, etc. Can someone knowledgeable help me please.
 
Old 09-04-2008, 10:51 AM   #2
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You don't "extract" anything. You burn the ISOs to CDs/DVDs as appropriate, making sure to burn them "as images", rather than simply copying them to the media. This may be useful.
 
Old 09-04-2008, 05:48 PM   #3
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Hi,
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Originally Posted by dickgb View Post
I have downloaded Ubuntu and Fedora 9 and both have resulted in .iso files. I have tried everything I know and have been unable to extract the OSs. I have copied the downloads to DVDs and tried to boot from them. I hve downloaded Virtual CloneDrive and it froze my machine. I have explored the .iso downloads and tried to run the 'install' programs, etc. Can someone knowledgeable help me please.
As stated you must burn the iso image to a cd/dvd media.

You could mount the iso with the loop device but I don't think that's what you want.

Code:
from the cli;
~#mkdir /mnt/mycdrom
~#mount -o loop some.iso /mnt/mycdrom #let mount detect filesystem
You could then look at the '/mnt/mycdrom' for content.
 
Old 09-04-2008, 06:40 PM   #4
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Well, I guess this is a way to start my morning ^^

As previously stated by our helpful members here in LQ, ISO files are CD Image files. In other words, you can just burn it straight to a CD or DVD without having to extract it. I assume this is what you want to accomplish since you want to have a Linux installation CD/DVD.

The easiest way, is to use this software called ISO Burner. It's a freeware, so give it a download on this page:

http://www.ntfs.com/iso_burner_free.htm

On the right hand side there you can download in zip, exe or setup exe. Since the program doesn't really need to be installed to run (it's just one .exe file) then I recommend you download the zip or exe file, not the setup.

Extract it somewhere and run it. Then navigate to your ISO file, put your CD/DVD in (depending on which version you downloaded), press BURN and VOILA!

I hope that helps ^^
 
Old 09-06-2008, 06:12 PM   #5
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Thank you all!!!
I am now MUCH better educated and prepared to deal with the problem. In all the years I've been involved with *nix (mostly Unix) I have understood the theory of images but had no idea about the nuts and bolts of handling them. I will now start all over again with the proper tools. I have no doubt that I will find a solution that will work.
 
Old 09-07-2008, 05:16 PM   #6
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Hi,

I'm glad you come to some understanding. Load that distro of 'choice' and experiment. Get back if you have any problems.
 
  


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