How to make a bootable USB drive from a bootable DVD

Asked by LEGOManiac

First some background:

I had an HP dv9000 laptop that died. It had 2 hard disks for Vista and Ubuntu respectively.

I replaced it with a new netbook with Windows 7. I really don't want Windows 7 - I want Ubuntu, so I put the Ubuntu disk in the machine and all I had to do was disable the nvidia driver and voila.

Now, partly as an academic exercise, and partly because I have some applications installed that I'd like to continue using and partly because the drive is bigger than what the netbook has, I would like to see if I can mount the Vista drive in the netbook.

Predictably, this doesn't work, so here's what I'm trying to do. I've recovered the data so I'm not too worried about wrecking the whole thing but as a learning activity, I'd like to upgrade the Vista disk. I have a Vista anytime upgrade disk and a license for it that I bought for the laptop but never used.

My hope is that by upgrading the OS it will also install the correct drivers that will allow Vista to run on the netbook.

So what does this have to do with Ubuntu?

All I have are Ubuntu systems (4 of them). I wanted to install the bootable Vista upgrade disk to a USB drive and boot the netbook from it.

I noted that System->Administration->USB Startup Disk Creator has an option for selecting a source ISO or CD so I mounted the Vista upgrade disk and tried to use it to create a bootable USB startup disk. The disk boots but it wants to find a Linux installation and won't boot the rest of the disk. I tried creating an ISO from the disk and using that but I get the same result.

I also tried downloading using unetbootin-linux-429 which creates a bootable drive from an ISO image but all I get when I try to boot it is a menu that has one entry ("default") but it doesn't boot anything, although the files are there.

How do I make a bootable USB drive from a bootable, non-linux, DVD/CD?

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Rajinder Sandhu (sandy744) said :
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so where is the problem...what i gather from a long post is you want to use your useless type of laptop as a linux platform and you are able to boot it with usb startup disk but that is not showing windows vista...why it will show on the first place ? you have created startup disk for a linux platform, naturatllly it will do that and when ubuntu is installed you will get dual boot. That is what it is suppose to do.
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Marc Stewart (marc.stewart) said :
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I'm assuming your question can be summarized as:
I have a computer that can read DVDs and write to USB drives, but does not already have Windows installed. Can I create a Vista installation USB drive, using Ubuntu?

From what I can gather here:
http://kurtsh.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!DA410C7F7E038D!1665.entry
Yes.

It appears, though I make no guarantees, that all you need to do is copy the contents of the Vista DVD to the USB drive, having first made it bootable.

To do this, use the partition editor, gparted, to Manage Flags for the drive and mark it for booting.
Then copy contents of DVD to USB.

Try to install with it.

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LEGOManiac (bzflaglegomaniac) said :
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I suppose my question was a bit too long to be clear. Here's the summary:

I have a netbook without a DVD drive and I want to recover/reinstall Vista on it. For that I need to install the Vista DVD to a USB drive.

The computer I need to transfer the DVD to USB on is an Ubuntu machine. I can copy the files but I don't know how to make it bootable. Neither of the two methods I tried (System->Administration->USB Startup Disk Creator / unetbootin-linux-429) created a successful USB boot drive so I was looking for alternatives.

Rajinder: you are completely off base, but thank you for responding anyway

Marc: I will try your suggestion next.

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LEGOManiac (bzflaglegomaniac) said :
#4

I suppose my question was a bit too long to be clear. Here's the summary:

I have a netbook without a DVD drive and I want to recover/reinstall Vista on it. For that I need to install the Vista DVD to a USB drive.

The computer I need to transfer the DVD to USB on is an Ubuntu machine. I can copy the files but I don't know how to make it bootable. Neither of the two methods I tried (System->Administration->USB Startup Disk Creator / unetbootin-linux-429) created a successful USB boot drive so I was looking for alternatives.

Rajinder: you are completely off base, but thank you for responding anyway

Marc: I will try your suggestion next.

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :
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I've found this guide in many guises on sites using another vista sstem. If you can grab a friends PC you can use it:
http://kurtsh.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!DA410C7F7E038D!1665.entry

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :
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I've found this guide in many guises on sites using another vista sstem. If you can grab a friends PC you can use it:
http://kurtsh.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!DA410C7F7E038D!1665.entry

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :
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I've found this guide in many guises on sites using another vista sstem. If you can grab a friends PC you can use it:
http://kurtsh.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!DA410C7F7E038D!1665.entry

Also found this which could help also:
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/boot-multiple-iso-from-usb-multiboot-usb/

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LEGOManiac (bzflaglegomaniac) said :
#8

Thanks actionparsnip, I'll look into the multi-ISO boot method.

I have, in fact, already solved the problem using the Windows 7 hard disk that came with the Netbook, and from there I've re-installed Vista on the laptop's old hard disk.

In January of 2009, I made it my mission in life to ditch Windows in favour of linux. Last year I was able to replace everything except the tax software and my ODBII software for reading the car's engine codes. That's the only reason I need the netbook to have a Windows disk.

I'll try the process again with an all-linux solution. It really didn't seem like it should be that hard. I had figured it was just a matter of adding a grub boot menu and using chainloader, but I haven't tried that yet (I only thought of it when I was installing Vista - the endless updates and reboots give you plenty of time to contemplate life)

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LEGOManiac (bzflaglegomaniac) said :
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I've had a look at the pendrivelinux.com offering. It's a Windows executable. I'm going for an all-Linux solution as an educational exercise.

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Best actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :
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You could use a virtualbox with the vista to save rebooting. This will bloat the RAM use while you use the virtualised system as you will be running both OSes in parallel but once you are done you can simply shutdown the virtual system and continue with linux

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LEGOManiac (bzflaglegomaniac) said :
#11

Thanks actionparsnip, that solved my question.