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Old 10-15-2016, 07:38 PM   #1
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make bootable usb


what is the best software to create bootable usb stick?

i am using Rufus, but sometimes its not working with some linus distro.

any advice please?
Old 10-15-2016, 08:00 PM   #2
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dd if=/path/to/iso of=path/to/destination && sync
dd if=/home/userx/slackware/slackware64-14.2-install-dvd.iso of=/dev/sdc && sync
must be done in root

if using windows try this
or this
WinDD - Disk Dump for Windows

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Old 10-15-2016, 08:30 PM   #3
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There is no best way. You should follow the distro's method of making a usb if they offer one.

UEFI comes to play on this deal too.
Boot options in bios also play a big part on how the system boots.

Rufus and some other creators like unetbootin are good for making a live to usb. As you found out sometime it has issues either from disto or creator or your system.

dd command takes a hybrid iso (not all are) and places it on the usb. Sometimes special booting needs to take place.

I install the OS to the usb so I can update it properly.

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Old 10-15-2016, 09:03 PM   #4
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the dd command will create bootable usb drives but only one per drive, rather like rufus says it does. dd is a linux program if you have Windows this will not help.
Another linux method can be found on the site, see:

this only works with hybrid images and I suspect that runs true for other methods of installing from usb

Other methods include Rufus and, to suggest another:

This very much seems to be work in progress.

You also use a usb cd/dvd drive to introduce an iso.

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In addition to the above suggestions, there is also Easy2Boot which can boot both windows and linux isos. It lets you boot multiple isos on the same usb flash drive. The last time I checked, it was shareware. You need to read the license info. It also works for both UEFI and legacy bios.

The advantage of dd is it that takes the least amount of effort and is guaranteed to work, provided that the iso is hybrid. The drawback is it erases the usb.

I use this method from Arch Linux. It requires a lot of work, but you learn a lot of the fundamentals of the boot process. The advantage in the long term is that when a new version of the iso comes out, you don't have to do much work. I have a 32 GB usb flash drive that contains about 10 isos, including fedora live cd, clonezilla, gparted, arch, etc. You set up a grub menu and select the iso you wish to boot. My usb works in both UEFI and legacy bios.

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