Does UNetBootIn format the USB Drive?
Posted 15 September 2009 - 03:46 AM
I have a question before I can start using UNetBootIn.
I am using a 160GB portable hard drive, with some important files in it. I'd like to make it bootable. Does UNetBootin format the entire drive? Or will it just use a portion of it? My main concern is the integrity of my other files.
Thanks in advance for your help!
Posted 15 September 2009 - 06:22 AM
How does UNetbootin work, and what does it do?
For the Live USB creation mode, UNetbootin downloads and extracts an ISO file to your USB drive, generates an appropriate syslinux config file, and makes your USB drive bootable using syslinux.
For the Hard Disk / "frugal install" mode, UNetbootin uses a Windows or Linux-based installer to install a small modification to the bootloader (bootmgr and bcdedit on Vista, grldr and boot.ini for NT-based systems, grub.exe and config.sys for Win9x, or GRUB on Linux, uses the bootloader to boot the desired distribution's installer or to load the system utility, no CD required. After the distribution has been installed, or once done using the system utility, the modification to the bootloader is then undone.
BUT you never know what may go wrong, whether any file may be overwritten, or whatever, so DO NOT EVER fiddle with a drive with "important" data on it (which has not been SAFELY backed up) with ANY app/program/script whatever you are not PERFECTLY and already familiar with.
Murphy's Laws ALWAYS apply.
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