I'm trying to setup a bootable firewire device. For some reason the startup disk creator keeps crashing. I already have a bootable USB. Can I just copy and paste the files from the USB to the firewire device? Or is there something else that the startup disk creator does?

  • Have you tried with Unetbootin instead?. – Uri Herrera Mar 2 '13 at 23:17
  • I did get startup disk creator to create the bootable firewire device, but I'd still like to know the answer to this just to satisfy my own curiosity. – jimchristie Mar 5 '13 at 14:34

First option

you'll have to use the dd command. try this : dd if=/dev/your_source of=/dev/your_destination replace your_source and your_destination with a meaningful device name, for example if your source usb device is /dev/sdc and your destination device is /dev/sdd then write dd if=/dev/sdc of=/dev/sdd

be careful with dd. use this command with proper caution. don't use it unless you properly identify the disks.

second option

format the drive in fat32 and copy all the files from one device to another and then use syslinux to make it bootable.

type syslinux -s /dev/your_destination_device_with_partition_number

this time you'll need to provide the partition number(the first one in most case)

if your device is /dev/sdc then the first partition is /dev/sdc1 so, run :

    syslinux -s /dev/sdc1
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  • What’s the -s option for? In the man page it is said to install a safe, slow and stupid version! – AliN Mar 16 '13 at 18:01
  • the -s option works in most of the cases. while -i fails in many. – Anam Ahmed Mar 16 '13 at 18:08

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