Can unetbootin be configured NOT to touch the Windows Harddrive?

Asked by Dave on 2013-09-02

Os is Ubuntu 12.04 Running on a flash drive. I used unetbootin to install another OS on a second flash drive - worked nicely! But when I tried to boot to WIN 7 (the only os on the harddrive of this HP 4440s laptop) , something made the Win 7 bootloader unable to find an OS. Synaptic tells me I have the 565-3 version of unetbootin. My ambition is to have several different linux distros on several different USB 3.0 flash drives so I can explore the differences. During the process of using unetbootin, the user is presented with the options of Installing the new distro 'in place of', 'along side of' the current OS or 'other'. I choose 'other' so (I believe) unetbootin should have left the harddrive alone. Instead it (apparently) made the bootloader on the harddrive unusable. Is this a bug in unetbootin? Should I try a different version? Can I configure unetbootin to ignore machine's harddrive and only operate on the USB drives? Thanks In Advance!

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Geza Kovacs (gezakovacs) said :

UNetbootin does not provide any such options, there's just a "usb drive" and "hard drive" install options, of which you apparently used the USB drive option, which won't touch your hard drive. If I understand correctly, you ran the installer for whatever distribution you were installing, and that was what screwed up your boot configuration - in that case, it's an issue with the distribution itself - anything that happens after you've booted from the USB drive, including the installer, is code from the distribution itself not UNetbootin.

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