I need to 'burn' an iso of a bootable dvd (not ubuntu dvd) image onto my USB flash drive. How can I do it in Ubuntu. In windows I was using MKBT tool.

I am looking for something like UNetbootin that can work for any iso.

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take a look at this article: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/FromUSBStick

There's a package called usb-creator-gtk (and usb-creator-kde for KDE-desktop). This application has a GUI to copy an iso to an USB-drive and make it bootable.

  • That package is just for Ubuntu. It does not work for any ISO other than Ubuntu. I need to create a Windows 7 bootable. Apr 18, 2011 at 6:12
  • I need to create a Windows 7 bootable flash drive from a Windows 7 ISO. Apr 18, 2011 at 6:18
  • being a little more specific of that would help - you may want to edit your question to reflect this.
    – Journeyman Geek
    Apr 18, 2011 at 7:22
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    then you could take a look at this article: webupd8.org/2010/10/create-bootable-windows-7-usb-drive.html - it's tested under ubuntu, but it should work on debian too.
    – wullxz
    Apr 18, 2011 at 10:23

there's no universal way to make a bootable usb - as i understand it, unetbootin on linux relies on casper and syslinux, while the windows installer relies on writing the correct bootsector to the drive.

Some sources claim its a simple matter of making a windows 7 iso and running unetbootin on it (which i'm slightly skeptical of, but its worth trying)

Alternately you can copy the files over to the drive and use ms-sys to it with the command - you would likely need to compile and install ms-sys yourself since some repositories don't have it due to potential licencing issues.

ms-sys -7 /dev/sdb

There's a whole thread of suggestions over at serverfault that might help

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