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Old 11-17-2018, 04:36 PM   #1
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Unable to make USB-bootable SystemRescueCD


Hi, I'm using this forum because forums.system-rescue-cd.org won't let me register an account for some reason, but I followed the instructions to the letter: http://www.system-rescue-cd.org/Inst...n-a-USB-stick/ (for Windows)

However on boot-up I either get a non-stop blinking cursor or "Invalid partition table" depending on which of two different USB thumb-drives I've tried... it doesn't matter how I format the them (always as FAT32 as instructed).

I read on this board that I should try etcher.io, which pops up an error on selecting the iso (systemrescuecd-x86-5.3.2.iso, as linked to from the instructions) that says "It looks like this is not a bootable image"... but I'm not seeing on SystemRescueCd's site or USB instructions how to download the "bootable image"... I'm super frustrated.

The laptop I'm trying to rescue doesn't have a CD drive... so has anyone actually gotten this to work from Windows? I'm specifically using Windows 7 right now.
 
Old 11-17-2018, 05:19 PM   #2
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In a Windows session, download Rufus (https://www.softpedia.com/get/System...sk/Rufus.shtml), I'm pretty sure it's a self contained executable that doesn't require a formal installation.

Make sure you can access the systemrescuecd.iso file from Windows (I always forget and have to download it again), then start Rufus. Follow the prompts to create the systemrescuecd flash drive. Pay attention to the options and make sure your selections are compatible with the machine you want to rescue (i.e., MBR vs. GPT partitions; BIOS vs. EFI boot environment).

Like you, I had trouble creating a bootable systemrescueCD flash device. Clonezilla, too. Rufus run from Windows is the only tool I've found that reliably works.

If the machine you are trying to rescue is an EFI device:

You'll want to tell Rufus to create the flash media using GPT partitioning. When you try to boot the machine with the systemrescueCD flash device, enter the EFI setup, find the boot options section, make sure secure boot is disabled (depending on the EFI the option may be "other O/S" rather than "disabled").

You then have to manually select the EFI session on the flash drive as the boot device. Your flash drive will have two sessions...one for EFI and the other for BIOS. On mine, the EFI session is listed as:

UEFI: (fat)SanDisk32

where SanDisk32 is the device name I gave to the flash device.

Final note: Rufus runs great from a VMWare Player Windows virtual machine on my Linux host. Not only works with systemrescueCD and Clonezilla, it also does a first rate job of creating install media for Linux Mint, Ubuntu, Fedora and SuSE Tumbleweed.

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Old 12-02-2018, 12:14 PM   #3
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Rufus worked.

SystemRescueCD needs to fix their instructions.
 
Old 12-03-2018, 03:16 AM   #4
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^ it worked for me.

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"It looks like this is not a bootable image"
this suggests that you missed a step:
Run isohybrid /path/to/systemrescuecd-x86-x.y.z.iso. This will modify the iso in place.
 
Old 12-03-2018, 05:23 AM   #5
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Rufus worked.

SystemRescueCD needs to fix their instructions.
Great to hear. You can mark the thread as "Solved" if you wish (see "Thread Tools" at the top of the thread).
 
  


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