I cannot create a bootable DVD disc using "Startup Disk Creator."

It is creating bootable USB drives smoothly, but it shows "no space" when trying to create a bootable DVD disc.

We need to create a bootable DVD disc because some old machines do not have the option of booting from USB devices.

System Information:

  • Ubuntu version 14.04 LTS (32 bit)
  • Starter Disk Creator: Available
  • K3B: Available
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    Startup Disc Creator does not create bootable DVD's but USB's. For DVD's you need a Disk burner like brasero, k3b, etc. K3B is my favourite. – Parto Aug 24 '14 at 7:53
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For burning the DVD, Startup Disk Creator is the wrong tool for the job. Startup Disk Creator will not burn DVDs--its purpose is just to write bootable ISO images to USB flash drives and SD cards.


You said you have K3b. That will burn DVDs, so you may wish to use that. Burning an Ubuntu ISO image with K3b is covered in the Burning from Kubuntu section of "BurningIsoHowto" in the Ubuntu help wiki.

  1. Insert a blank CD [or DVD] into your burner. Open K3b from the KickOff menu.

  2. On the near bottom of the application where it says "Welcome to K3b - The CD and DVD Kreator" click "more actions..." and then pick "Burn Image".

    kubuntu_1.png

  3. Start the burning process.

  4. You can use the default settings.

  5. After burning completed, verify that your CD contains multiple files and folders and not just the ISO file. This way you will know the process was performed correctly.

BurningIsoHowto by "Contributors to the Ubuntu documentation wiki", reproduced here (with slight modification) as permitted by the CC-BY-SA 3.0 license under which both Ubuntu help wiki and user-contributed Ask Ubuntu content are provided. This is only part of that wiki page. I have altered its formatting and spelling slightly and removed a broken link.


For more information on burning an Ubuntu ISO image to a DVD in Ubuntu, see:

  • But just burning of the "iso" image will make the DVD disc bootable? – Natural Divine Aug 24 '14 at 7:19
  • @NaturalDivine Provided you burn it properly, yes. The Ubuntu ISO image contains the necessary data to be bootable both when written to a USB flash drive and when burned to a CD/DVD. Note that when you look at the contents of the burned DVD, you should see various files and folders. You should not see a single .iso file burned to the DVD. In K3b the "burn image" action should do what you want. – Eliah Kagan Aug 24 '14 at 7:22

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