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    ISO image to USB stick?

    Hi,

    I am trying to cut down on the amount of stuff i carry around when i doing jobs. I would like to find a utility that will copy my bootable Windows OS ISO images to a Pendrive.

    The idea is i carry a USB drive and a laptop with my ISO images. I then create a bootable USB drive depending on what i need. So then i dont have to brun a disc or carry around CD's

    Does anybody know of any software please? For Linux i use Universal USB Installer.

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    WinSetupFromUSB and/or SARDU. I use both on separate flash drives.

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    Try the Windows tool.Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool

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    Quote Originally Posted by m25man View Post
    Try the Windows tool.Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool
    Would this work with XP, Vista etc please?

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    It works for me, you only need Windows 7 to create the USB stick.

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    I keep getting the attached every time i run the Windows one. I have tried various versions of Windows, various ISO images and various pen drives.

    Any thoughts please?

    For everyone else please keep suggestions coming

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    I keep getting the attached every time I run the Windows one. I have tried various versions of Windows, various ISO images and various pen drives.
    Do you use AntiVir by any chance? If so, you will need to disable it for the program to work.

    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    Any thoughts please?
    I seriously wouldn't bother with the USB/DVD Download Tool. It will only work with Windows ISOs and is really picky about the ISOs it does work with. e.g. if you try to use it with an ISO created in ImgBurn you will receive the following error message...

    Code:
    "The selected file is not a valid ISO. Please select a valid ISO file and try again."
    The only way to fix it is to run a command-line program called "ISOADVPCopy.exe" which modifies the ISO image slightly to make it compatible with WUDT.

    The tool, when directed to use an ISO dumped via ImgBurn, would error out. Everything was to UDF spec, so what was going on here? I’m not a UDF expert, hell not even a novice, but I skimmed through ECMA-167 and the reflected tool code. It appears there are two (possibly more) “navigation buoys” within UDF-formatted ISOs that point to important chunks of the image called Anchor Volume Descriptor Pointers (AVDPs). The first AVDP is somewhere near the top of the image. The last AVDP is located in what appears to be the last logical block of the image. (My guess is this is to support bi-directional reading.)

    So assuming each logical block of the image is 2048 bytes large, one could also assume the last logical block is –2048 from the end of the file, right? Well, that’s what the tool assumes. It checks for the last AVDP at the start of the last logical block, doesn’t find it, and bombs out.

    I haven’t read through the entire spec, but I doubt there’s anything in here regarding the container of the UDF formatted data.

    While one could argue Microsoft Store-downloaded ISOs are comprised in a compatible manner and therefore this scenario is unsupported it wouldn’t have been hard to add some AVDP seeking code. (Source)

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    You may find these screenshots useful...

    SARDU




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    One of the reasons I like SARDU so much is due to the sheer number of ISOs it works with. As you can see, it supports almost anything you can think of. If you need to add other programs, check the reboot.pro forums first since there's bound to be someone that has done it before. For example, here are some instructions on how to add Kon-Boot, MS DaRT and ERD Commander.

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    Thanks, yesterday i had a vwey quick look at WinSetupFromUSB. Its looks complicated. SARDU looks fairly simple though will check it out.

    Thanks

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    I use UNetbootin for single isos to bootable usb, but I have been moving towards multiboot usb as it allows me to have more than one on a stick and saves on having too many stick kicking round.

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    You can have several Windows 7 ISOs + Vista ISOs + Server2008 ISOs all one one flash drive and install the OS to any hard drive. See here. This method will also work using a USB hard disk, but you need to also have a USB flash drive with an AutoUnattend.xml file on it.
    For maximum convenience though, just buy a Zalman VE200 hard disk caddy - read about it here. This has an LCD display - just select the ISO you want to load and viola! - you have a USB DVD drive with that ISO in it, just as if it was a shiny spinny plastic disc!

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    yumi does the job I have all versions of msdart and windows 7 all versions iso on it and it works well

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