Software to create a bootable disk image????

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by nigelivy, Apr 24, 2009.

  1. nigelivy macrumors member

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    Hi,

    I need to create a bootable image. I have a ISO file, and need to create a bootable image to install software onto one of my servers. Is there software out there for a Mac that will allow me to create a bootable image?
    Thanks for any input,

    Nigel
     
  2. magamo macrumors 6502

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    Disk Utility does the job. It comes with your Mac. Go to Applications -> Utilities.
     
  3. nigelivy thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the input, Magamo! ;)

    I have managed to create a bootable disk image using the ISO image I had, onto a CD and DVD using Disk Utility. Is there a way to create a bootable disk image using the same ISO image onto a USB Flash Drive? Will Disk Utility do this? If not, is there other software out there that will?
     
  4. dsnort macrumors 68000

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    You can create a bootable Flash dive using unetbootin, but it's only for Linux or Windows, and frankly the Linux version is kind of buggy.

    Don't know if there's a way to do it in Mac OS X.
     
  5. barkmonster macrumors 68020

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    I believe intel macs can boot from a USB stick but powerPC macs like G5s and below can't.

    I'm guessing it's just a case of having a large enough Memory Stick (8Gb I'm guessing would be enough for the equivalent space of a dual layer DVD) and then using the "restore" feature of disk utility to make an exact copy of your disk image to the USB Memory Stick.
     
  6. magamo macrumors 6502

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    It seems burning an iso onto a USB flash drive can be tricky on OS X. I'm sorry if neither Disk Utility nor dd works. I don't know any other way.
     
  7. steffi macrumors 6502a

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    Yes booting from USB Flash isn't the same as USB Hard drive on Macs. I think the reason has something to do with EFI. For instance if you want Linux to boot from USB Flash you need to have a Boot CD in place unless you're using this EFI Grub thing that's still experimental.


     

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