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How can I burn a PC-BSD iso to USB under Windows 8?


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#1 Nothing Here

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 21:15

I apologize if this is the wrong place to post this.

Ok, I have tried unetbootin, but that failed. The drive will load to unetbootin and the only choice is Default. I let that load and it errors. I also tried Yumi, which is a multi-boot USB creator and it doesn't even recognize the .iso.

Any other ideas would be awesome.


#2 simplezz

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 18:20

I use dd myself on GNU/Linux. I don't know if there's a Windows binary for it. But if there is, it's as easy as doing:
dd if=path-of-iso of=usb-device-name bs=4M

There's some info here about a windows version.

Failing that you could try Image Writer.

#3 OP Nothing Here

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 23:36

Thanx simplezz, will give it a shot.

#4 togermano

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 23:40

I miss my pcbsd...... Hopefully the next version will work better with my z77 board

#5 Eric

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 23:41

You could try Universal USB Installer from pendrivelinux.com as well.

#6 xendrome

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 23:44

http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/

#7 OP Nothing Here

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 01:44

Thanx xendrome, but in my OP I said I did try that but it didn't work for me.

#8 OP Nothing Here

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 16:40

So, I tried dd, tried image writer and Universal USB Installer. None worked. Does Win8 have an inbuilt writer like Win7 has? Or could I use cmd prompt?

#9 Eric

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 16:51

Try this method: http://trac.pcbsd.org/wiki/UsbFatBoot

It hasn't been updated for 3 years but it's worth a shot. It even mentions the only unetbootbin "default only" option.

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 19:33

Thanx GW. That is what I get, but the second screen on the page never shows. So I set on this screen:
Posted Image
and it just recycles with a 10 sec interval.

#11 simplezz

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 16:47

When you say dd and image writer don't work, what error do you get exactly? Have you ever successfully booted from a usb pen drive before on the machine you're using? Have you tried a different usb memory stick? dd and imagewriter have worked for me on a plethora of PC's. The problems you are having suggest:

(a) You're not doing it right.
(b) Your machine doesn't support booting from usb devices.
© The usb pen drive you're using is defective.
(d) The iso image is corrupted or not bootable.

You could always try booting from the iso in Virtualbox to see if the image is bad.

#12 n_K

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 16:57

I've always found unetbootin to never work.
What I used to do (and it worked) was use unetbootin, then look on the ISO in the syslinux folder for the config file for syslinux that the actual CD ISO uses, then just boot using the USB, press tab, and erase the line and put in what's in the boot file on the CD ISO, and magically, it would boot up fine :D