I'm noticing that the Startup Disk Creator that ships with Lubuntu 16.04 LTS has persistent storage feature missing, and does something to the pen drive that wasn't happening earlier. (I have previously the tool in Ubuntu 12.04).
After creating the bootable USB, the next time I inserted the drive in a running Ubuntu OS, it was invisible for a Lubuntu bootable disk, and visible for a RemixOS disk. When it was invisible, I had to open Accessories > Disks and manually mount the drive to make it visible on the system.
In either case, the USB now has a much smaller partition having just the OS, and it's read-only. The remaining space (15GB in my case) is unpartitioned, and if I try to create a second partition there to use that excess space to store my files, it errors out. Both in the Disks utility as well as in GParted.
The last time I had used this utility,:
- If it had sufficient free space, the disk could be made bootable WITHOUT formatting and deleting whatever else was there. You didn't HAVE to erase the whole disk.
- The output wasn't a read-only smaller partition with the remaining space on the USB rendered useless. You had the OS files and folders, the whole USB space was there in the same partition and you could store other files and folders on it.
This allowed me to use the same USB stick for carrying my data, AND as a live OS in case needed anytime. This functionality has been broken. My questions:
Is the case that I have described here, same in all 16.04 distros of Ubuntu and derivative flavors? Or is it just Lubuntu that is having this issue? Or is it just my system that's doing this?
How do I fix this and get the older Startup Disk Creator back?
Addendum: I'm getting same problematic results using Etcher too.
Edit, 8.Oct.17 : Thank you, good to know there's a solid reason behind the change. Still, the drive goes invisible (not mounting when inserted) when written with a Lubuntu ISO and I think that's a bug. Normal users will simply be led to believe that the USB is toast. If possible, can someone get the program's developers to put this info on the application behind a help button or so? And the program has to explicitly warn the user that the USB will NO LONGER be a USB after the operation; that it will be like a read-only CD, that all excess space will be rendered unusable by this operation. At present the lack of even a help button on the application is deceptive. Also, I don't think the removal of previous buggy nature has led to a solution. I'd call this a taking a step back until the matter is resolved. If anyone can suggest where I should go to file these issues so that the developers involved can be reached, that would be great. Thanks again!
Edit, 22.Oct.17 : I'm using UNetBootin now, made and installed quite a few times using that, quite happy with it! It doesn't hide your pen drive, you can use it to store other stuff which doesn't interfere with the live OS as long as you don't alter the live os's files and folders.