Bootable USB --> Live CD / DVD ?
Posted 09 March 2012 - 11:10 AM
Ok just did a back up a netbook recovery partition to a USB stick (between 8 GB and 9 GB, so it will take 2 x DVD). It wouldn't backup the recovery partition to optical disks, or iso's. Just USB sticks. Also Asus AI Recovery doesn't work on this model according to Asus support.
And so I want to free up the USB stick, and also feel that the image on the USB stick wont survive as well as one on a non-rewritable DVD. Especially when people reach for the nearest USB stick they can find.
So there's plenty of guides on how to convert live CD's to bootable USB's, but there seems to be a dearth of instructions on how to convert bootable USB's to live DVD's. Don't forget the spanning across 2 DVD's
Now I believe the bootloader of USB's is different to the iso9660 of DVD's? However to further complicate it the recovery OS on the USB is a Win PE, possibly ver 3. I had a look and it looks like Win PE, but not sure of the version. Am just guessing.
I thought about using linux to dd the USB image into an iso, and then using an iso editor to edit the boot files. But I'm not quite sure whether that will work, considering the USB has a Win PE on it.
Any suggestions? Does microsoft have any tools?
Posted 09 March 2012 - 11:59 AM
- What I would do is copy of all the files from your working USB drive to your hard disk.
- Use RMPrepUSb to reformat the USB drive to a size just big enough to hold the files.
- Then copy back all the files to the USB drive.
- Then use Drive-->File to make an image of the drive.
- Then ZIP it up and store it somewhere.
- If you really want DVDs (which by the way R/W DVDs only last a few years anyway) then why not split the ZIP file into two files and burn them to two DVDs (together with RMPrepUSB and a readme with instructions on how to make a new USB drive in case you forget later!).
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Posted 09 March 2012 - 01:02 PM
I may do that. I think the HDD storage option is somewhat risky. At my place HDD's have an average lifespan of 3 to 5 years before they get the click of death. So I could still store it on DVD's with instructions on how to restore it.
But I must admit I am surprised that there hasn't been much development converting bootable USB's to Live CD/DVD's! Maybe good reasons for it, but still came as a surprise considering there is a plethora of Live CD or iso --> bootable USB methods.
Posted 09 March 2012 - 01:47 PM
Posted 09 March 2012 - 11:16 PM
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