how to create bootable flash drive

Hi everyone,

I’m just interested if there does exist any utility for creating bootable flash drives? I mean, if I could make somehow LiveCD with KDE desktop on openSUSE? I used Ubuntu and it had it’s own utility with nice GUI, it just needed any bootable .ISO file or bootable CD/DVD and it created LiveCD on USB flash drive. So is there any chance to find something similar?

I work in a computer service center and it’ll be very helpful (I think) to have bootable USB Flash dive with operating system to log into dead operating system partitions. Of course I have Windows LiveCD, but it has as much bugs as it’s parent big brother.

Oh, I forget to post my operating system versio. I’m using openSUSE 11.2 x64 with KDE version 4.3.5

Thanks in advance.

have a look at the wiki>

Live USB stick - openSUSE

O.K. thanks a lot, for that link, but as I see, it can use ONLY .iso files and ONLY openSUSE 11.2 or openSUSE edu liveCD, the utility that I was talking about in Ubuntu, is able to create LiveUSb just from any of bootable operating system, no matter it is .iso, CD or DVD, no matter it is openSUSE, Ubuntu or Mandriva and everything worked from nice graphical interface…

Anyway, thanks for helping me, of course I could type a couple commands in CLI, but this is the reason why much of newbie people choose Ubuntu and not other distribution, as Canonical tries to make things easier for Linux beginners, hope Novell thinks the same way.

Maybe this might be of interest…

UNetbootin - Homepage and Downloads


Yes, this is what I mean, but I didn’t know that the same software worked on other distros, thanks Paul.

But, one more question, in the supported distribution list there’re several openSUSE versions and after version 11.1 goes Factory, but as I’ve read around bout factory version, this means the current development version and hence 11.3, am I right? And if yes, then where’s version 11.2?

I tried a lot of ways. I have a SanDisk 16GB Smart Thumbdrive. In reality, for what I want, I wish it were a little less smart :slight_smile: I tried OpenSuSE live CD install, but it wanted the whole thumbdrive, and I kept having problems (i.e., corruption) that I couldn’t get around. I installed Ubuntu on a VM and used their USB Creator app. I don’t think you need a VM, I believe you can run it from their live CD. I need to revisit this topic, but this got the job done quick. I want to install multiple distributions and chose at boot time. Similar to your situation, I wanted it for rescues and also demos.

A lot of information here:
Boot and run Linux from a USB flash memory stick | USB Pen Drive Linux
If you need it:
u3_tool - Tool for controlling U3 drives

Thanks opensuseforumorg42 for providing me with those links, I’ll try them just for try, but you’re right, Ubuntu’s own integrated little software works just fine, when I was running it on my IBM laptop, before I’ve reinstalled it on openSUSE 11.2.

No as for my last question, this question still remains without answer, but I really want to know what all of those versions means? As, I posted couple days ago, about dictionary (StarDict) problem and some people suggested me to sent mail with questions right to the developers, I did so, but without any success. So, I decided to try install this software (StarDict) one more time, but manually, without 1-click installs, just from CLI commands and see what happens. But for this, I need to know which version is right for me, as there’re many versions on for example:openSUSE:11.2/standard,home:embar-:branches:home:xwhu:Factory/openSUSE and others, so which of them I have to download for my openSUSE 11.2 x64 version?

Please help me to get the difference between those versions.

I’ve used unetbootin just once, to make a bootable USB to run AVlinux.

The “supported” disitributions, I believe, mean that the program just knows where to download the software from.

If you have the ISO image for Suse 11.2, then just use that, or just download it yourself. Then use Unetbootin to create your USB from ISO rather than online repository. That’s exactly how I created my AVlinux stick.