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Madwida Level 1 (0 points)

Is there something similar to Unetbootin for Macs? Unetbootin allows one to download, say a version of Linux, and then make it bootable on a USB stick. There's a Windows and Linux version, but I wonder if there's a compatible app made for Mac? Thanks

Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • Kappy Level 10 (265,883 points)
    It's not required. You can install OS X directly onto a USB flash drive. You will need one that is at least 8 GBs for a basic install (requires about 6.9 GBs. A formatted 8 GB flash drive provides 7.45 GBs of formatted storage.) You will need to partition the device using GUID if it's used to boot an Intel Mac or APM for a PPC Mac. It should be formatted Mac OS Extended (Journaled) for either hardware.
  • Madwida Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the quick reply. But what I want to do is download a version or two of Linux (Fedora, Zenwalk) and then out them on a USB that I can make bootable, like one can do with Unetbootin. I don't want to put OS X on a flash drive.

    Thanks for any more ideas
  • merchamster Level 2 (155 points)
    there is a program that will let you do that, although regretably i got rid of it and no longer have the link
  • Kappy Level 10 (265,883 points)
    Then why are you posting this question on the Apple Discussions? Go to the forums for the distros you want to install to find out if and how you install them on flash drives. I'm afraid you're in the wrong place. Support here is only for OS X and other Apple products - not Linux.
  • Madwida Level 1 (0 points)
    I am posting here b/c I use a Mac (and Linux) and want to find a similar program to Unetbootin--which is only available for Windows and Linux. I can of course post this on a Linux forum, but thought I would check here for a Mac app.
  • Kappy Level 10 (265,883 points)
    I'm not sure why you would think that a LInux program would be found here just because you use a Mac. Linux runs on different hardware of which the Mac is just one. The software you require is found at the sites that support the particular Linux distros, not this site. Many Linux sites have their own active forums to provide you with help. That's where you need to go.
  • Madwida Level 1 (0 points)
    Boy. All I wanted was some advice on a Mac app that would allow me to download and then store on a bootable USB drive a Linux distro. That's it. I figured that because I am asking about an app THAT I WANT TO USE ON MY MAC that asking Mac experts would be the way to go. I guess not.

    Since I do not use Windows I want to download a Linux distro ON MY MAC and then put it on my Linux machine. Thus I am looking for a Mac app not a Linux one.

    So, if someone has an answer rather than telling me to go somewhere else I'd appreciate it. Of course I will also post this question in the Mac forum of the Ubuntu Forum--a place where you can ask questions about other OSs.

    Thanks for any help
  • Kappy Level 10 (265,883 points)
    I'm sorry you don't seem to understand. There is no Mac app for what you want. Putting Linux on a flash drive requires modifying Linux, not using a Mac application. It doesn't make any difference what the hardware is you run Linux on. I don't know what's so hard to understand about it. I've done this several times using Ubuntu. It isn't done with Mac software. Sure, you can download the distro, you can install it on your Mac, and even boot it from your Mac. But if you want to put it on a flash drive or any external drive, you will need to make that mod from Linux.

    You can argue with me 'til the cows come home, but this ain't gonna change. And, I do have a bit of experience with it.
  • Allan Eckert Level 9 (50,709 points)
    Hi OMSC4;

    Go somewhere else. The answer isn't here.

  • Madwida Level 1 (0 points)
    Alright last time: I am not trying to be a jerk, I simply thought that b/c I was able to download, for example, Slackware, Xubuntu, and TinyFlux, on my Mac and then put them on a bootable CD (in the case of Slackware a DVD) that I could also put them on a USB drive and make that bootable. I guess not. I've done this with a Windows machine using Unetbootin.

    Sorry for the hassle
  • biovizier Level 5 (7,925 points)
    AAPL stock price - some people around here touchy.
    It's not your fault, but tread lightly...
  • Madwida Level 1 (0 points)
    I'll be more careful next time! Thanks
  • Jarle Igeltj?rn Level 1 (5 points)
    Hi OMSC4
    Just had to write some words myself!!
    Have been looking for the same program as you look for! I use OSX mostly myself - and has an EEE for use when I am traveling.
    Now I want to change the OS on my EEE - and then I need to get the OS from an img file over to the EEE (which dont have a CD-drive) using my MAC...
    I am afraid Kappy didn't understand your question....

    But maybe it is possible to use the command: dd if=xxx.img of=/dev/sdxxxx - but then one has to find out where the USB-stick is mounted!!

  • Madwida Level 1 (0 points)
    Exactly! I am glad you understood me.

    I have an EEE also and of course would like to get the .iso for several Linux distros and then make a bootable USB. I used Ubuntu HH on the EEE and Slackware on an old Dell. My main computer is a MacBook and life would be easier if I could download isos to a bootable USB rather than CDs. For now, I use an external CD drive for the EEE and will have to until theres' a Mac Unetbootin. Hopefully we'll find something.
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