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Old 11-27-2018, 03:11 PM   #1
MrGrimm
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Bootable USB Key Creator


i'm looking for a replacement for the bootable use key creator that comes with mint, cause from what i see it does not have the option for gpt instead of mbr. the reason i say that is i used it to make a bootable partition wizard key for a friend on windows and when he went to use it the key was only listed once under the boot device selection menu for mbr instead of one entry for mbr and one entry for ueif, so on his system he cannot boot into the media on the key. the screenshots i've seen on various sites for the ones i can find seem to suggest they don't offer you the option of selecting mbr or gpt before actually creating the boot media. any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, thanks

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Old 11-27-2018, 07:14 PM   #2
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There must be 20 programs out there that can create a live cd and maybe 8 that can apply a hybrid iso to a flash. On modern distro's you have a choice also to simply install the distro to a usb flash just as if it were a hard drive. I do that almost always.

Not sure there is a good reason to make a gpt usb.

Many distro's offer some suggestion or offer a program.

Pendrivelinux used to have a pretty good selection of ideas.

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Old 11-27-2018, 08:54 PM   #3
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I'm not aware of any that offer an explicit option for gpt or mbr. It depends on the type of hardware whether you'll get gpt or mbr.
 
Old 11-28-2018, 06:05 AM   #4
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There must be 20 programs out there that can create a live cd and maybe 8 that can apply a hybrid iso to a flash. On modern distro's you have a choice also to simply install the distro to a usb flash just as if it were a hard drive. I do that almost always.

Not sure there is a good reason to make a gpt usb.

Many distro's offer some suggestion or offer a program.

Pendrivelinux used to have a pretty good selection of ideas.

as i said when i put the key in the tower, reboot, select f8 to get to the boot selection menu there should be 2 entries for the usb key. 1 for mbr and one for gpt. if your os drive is gpt you must make your usb key under gpt or you can't boot into the usb bootable media. at least that's the case for windows.

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Old 11-28-2018, 06:09 AM   #5
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I'm not aware of any that offer an explicit option for gpt or mbr. It depends on the type of hardware whether you'll get gpt or mbr.

i've seen one but i didn't download it or save the page link cause at the time i didn't know how bad the built in one is.
 
Old 11-28-2018, 09:11 AM   #6
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Perhaps you like Mint, but I would rather recommend Mageia for the task at hand. It is also a great distro for new users, and the task you ask is very easy with Mageia.

https://wiki.mageia.org/en/Installat...SB_flash_drive

drop the distro on the USB flash using DD. Then when booting the USB, simply choose the UEFI installer to install on the UEFI system.
 
Old 11-28-2018, 04:11 PM   #7
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Perhaps you like Mint, but I would rather recommend Mageia for the task at hand. It is also a great distro for new users, and the task you ask is very easy with Mageia.

https://wiki.mageia.org/en/Installat...SB_flash_drive

drop the distro on the USB flash using DD. Then when booting the USB, simply choose the UEFI installer to install on the UEFI system.

i appreciate the suggestion, but i don't really feel like replacing a stable, solid, and fast install. that said i got my roommates win 10 system back up and running for him, so now i can just do that one task on his system with rufus. now that said when i go to install linux for my roommate on a secondary m.2 i may give mageia a look.

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Old 11-28-2018, 06:01 PM   #8
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Well, when you are asking for a bootable USB key creator, it seems you are fumbling in the dark and trying to solve an unecessarily complex situation with a weird workaround. This was why I suggested using a solution which is easily available.

Mageia is all those things that Mint is as well, as you described..

My answer still stands.

Rufus? It seems you found a possible solution and I wish you good luck.
 
Old 11-30-2018, 04:30 AM   #9
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Etcher

Try etcher: https://www.balena.io/etcher/


It used to work fine for me.
 
Old 11-30-2018, 05:19 AM   #10
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Perhaps this can be helpful in addition:
https://www.syslinux.org/wiki/index.php?title=Isohybrid

When the iso is hybrid, you can drop it onto the USB with "dd" the same way that the Mageia guide describes.
 
  


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