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I really need to retrieve data of my other laptop and can wait no longer for my friend to come help. Reading up on the process (I'm stuck in emergency mode) I am slightly confused if I need to use Rufus instead of UNetbootin when reinstalling from USB.

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There are basically two alternatives to retrieve the data of your other laptop using a USB boot drive.

Live-only USB boot drive

  • Run the USB boot drive live (live-only) and retrieve the data of your other laptop into an third drive, for example a USB hard disk drive or SSD.

    In this case you can use 'any' tool to create the USB boot drive.

    • In Ubuntu it is easiest to use the Startup Disk Creator.

    • In Windows you can use both tools that you suggest in the question, Rufus and Unetbootin. Both are good tools.

    • In MacOS Unetbootin is a good alternative.

Persistent live USB boot drive

  • Run the USB boot drive persistent live and retrieve the data of your other laptop into the USB boot drive itself.

    In this case I would recommend the methods described at this link, particularly the methods to get a casper-rw partition (and use the whole drive space),


If you use a method that creates a casper-rw file, it will be limited to 4 GiB which is the maximum file size in a FAT32 file system.

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