Does UNetBootin create regular installation disks?

Asked by Russ Petruzzelli on 2010-04-16

Does UNetBootin create regular installation disks?
That is, NOT liveCDs.

I have an ISO for Ubuntu, and I want to make a bootable "CD" on my thumbdrive.

If it does not, could the intro faqs on the UNetBootin home page explicitly say that? (My apologies if it does and I didn't catch that point.)


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Geza Kovacs (gezakovacs) said : #1

Yes and no; it all depends on what you supply it with. In the particular instance of Ubuntu, if you supply it with an Ubuntu Live CD iso, then yes the resulting thumb drive will act as a Live CD. (Of course, you can install Ubuntu to your USB drive by using the NetInstall option to make your USB drive itself the installer, and then booting the USB drive and running the Ubuntu installer and having it target your USB drive, which as I understand is what you're asking for. Alternatively, you can install your existing LiveCd image to your hard drive using the Hard Disk install mode, boot Ubuntu in live mode from your hard drive, and install from there to your USB drive).

In short, the resulting USB drive should behave as the ISO you supply it with would; if you supply it with an installer ISO or a NetInstall ISO, then the resulting USB drive will act as an installer; if you supply it with a LiveCD ISO then the resulting USB drive will act as a LiveUSB. If you want to actually to install a distribution onto the USB drive you will of course have to boot the distribution's installer and run the installer.

abd_bela (abelahcene) said : #2

I don't understand the complete answer.

Shortly, I have an debian CD1 .iso, instead of using the CD1 to install (classic methode, not live),
can I create with unetbootin for the CD1 the usb installer. The CD1 installer searches packages on CDROM, is it possible to redirect it to the usb?

thanks for help

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