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Using Unetbootin to create a persistent Peppermint 7 USB stick.
« on: February 08, 2017, 01:56:00 pm »
I meant to do this tutorial ages ago, and completely forgot :-[

Firstly you'll need to install the latest version of Unetbootin (the one in the repos is too old), so open a terminal and run these commands in sequence:
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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gezakovacs/ppa
then
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sudo apt-get update
then
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sudo apt-get install unetbootin
Now fire up Unetbootin from the menu...

menu > System Tools > Unetbootin

Now be aware Unetbootin doesn't currently have a working profile for Peppermint 7 but the Lubuntu 16.04_Live profile works perfectly with Peppermint 7, so set the Unetbootin Distribution profile to:-
Distribution: Lubuntu ~ Version: 16.04_Live
then point it at the Peppermint 7 ISO image.


Set the persistence file size to your preferred size (3072MB in the example picture above .. remembering there is a 4GB limit)

Then after clicking the "OK" button give it some time .. during the file copy stage it will "appear" to hang around the 70% mark, this is normal, during the persistence file creation stage it will appear to hang at 100% again this is normal, just wait and it will finish ;)



The same instructions will also work for the Windows version of Unetbootin which can be downloaded here:
https://unetbootin.github.io/
obviously in Windows you need to ignore the 3 commands at the beginning of this tutorial, and just install the Unetbootin .EXE instead, but the rest of the instructions are the same.
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Re: Using Unetbootin to create a persistent Peppermint 7 USB stick.
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2017, 02:09:49 pm »
Rather nice, Capt'N   ;)
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Re: Using Unetbootin to create a persistent Peppermint 7 USB stick.
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2017, 11:44:44 pm »
Hi guys, does it matter what the usb stick has been formatted as prior?

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Re: Using Unetbootin to create a persistent Peppermint 7 USB stick.
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2017, 07:08:09 am »
I meant to do this tutorial ages ago, and completely forgot :-[

Nice tute !

Used to do this, all the time (1000 MiB persistence), and carry it around as my 'pocket PC', for use on company computers, public kiosks, and so forth.  Never ran across a machine it would not boot on.  Very handy.

Nowadays, I just use it for testing RCs, alphas, betas, et cetera. I use two USB sticks - one with persistence and one without.

For finals, I do a full install to USB sticks.  Requires two USB sticks (one Live), of course,  but it works out better in the long run.


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Re: Using Unetbootin to create a persistent Peppermint 7 USB stick.
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2017, 07:17:09 am »
Hi guys, does it matter what the usb stick has been formatted as prior?

I pre-format using FAT32 on UNetbootin builds, with or without persistence. 

On full USB installs, I pre-format using EXT4.  EXT4 is generally discouraged on USB sticks, but I've never had a problem.  ;)

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Re: Using Unetbootin to create a persistent Peppermint 7 USB stick.
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2017, 05:13:52 pm »
Yeah when using Unetbootin (or pretty much any other LiveUSB creator) to create a "Live" USB stick, it must be formatted as FAT or FAT32 as it uses SYSLINUX as the bootloader
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SYSLINUX
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Re: Using Unetbootin to create a persistent Peppermint 7 USB stick.
« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2017, 02:58:57 pm »
Is this tutorial still valid? I mean, do we still use the Lubuntu 16.04_Live profile (or the latest version) with Peppermint 8 - and if so, do we need to select the 64-bit version of the Lubuntu profile or will the 32-bit be fine if we opt to install the 64-bit version of PP8?

I have a spare 8GB USB stick and I plan to make a persistent live USB of PP8 to use at work instead of the corporate Windows 10N.
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« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2017, 03:23:58 pm »
Yes the tutorial appplies to both Peppermint 7 and 8 .. and the instructions are the same for both 32bit and 64bit Peppermint .. ie. just select:-

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Re: Using Unetbootin to create a persistent Peppermint 7 USB stick.
« Reply #8 on: November 04, 2017, 03:08:04 am »
Yes the tutorial appplies to both Peppermint 7 and 8 .. and the instructions are the same for both 32bit and 64bit Peppermint .. ie. just select:-

Lubuntu
16.04_Live


Thanks for your prompt response; I've been away from Peppermint for quite a long time and I was glad to see old faces around (and helpful as always)!

I have followed the steps for the Windows process (e.g. running Unetbootin from Windows) but for once more I came up with a plain Live USB (not persistent). I must have done something wrong so I will keep trying. I even tried setting persistence space at 3900MB ensure that it is below the 4GB limit.

It is a pity that the Linux Live USB creator (LiLi) doesn't support the latest version of Peppermint, as things seem to be easier that way. I have contacted the developer about that but have not received any response yet.
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Re: Using Unetbootin to create a persistent Peppermint 7 USB stick.
« Reply #9 on: November 04, 2017, 07:23:18 am »
Does LiLi support Peppermint 7 ?

If so maybe simply renaming the ISO (if necessary) would work .. they're both based on 16.04
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Re: Using Unetbootin to create a persistent Peppermint 7 USB stick.
« Reply #10 on: November 04, 2017, 01:10:43 pm »
If you're still having problems creating a persistent Peppermint 8 LiveUSB in Windows, this might be of interest to you:
https://forum.peppermintos.com/index.php/topic,6141.0.html
where you create a non-persistent Peppermint 8 LiveUSB using Rufus .. then manually add persistence.

I've tested it working with Peppermint 8 64bit ISO, but it **should** work for the 32bit ISO too.
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Re: Using Unetbootin to create a persistent Peppermint 7 USB stick.
« Reply #11 on: April 24, 2018, 09:12:04 pm »
Wondering, does this tutorial still hold up for the peppermint 8 respin? I'm not mentally prepared to deal with setting up dual boot on Mom's Toshiba... i see Win7 and Win10 partitions there
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Re: Using Unetbootin to create a persistent Peppermint 7 USB stick.
« Reply #12 on: April 24, 2018, 09:20:47 pm »
I don't think it does spence .. unetbootin hasn't created bootable LiveUSB's of Peppermint for some time.
(and when I got in touch with the dev, IIRC he said he was too busy)

If you have access to a Windows PC, there's always this
https://forum.peppermintos.com/index.php/topic,6141.0.html

If you're creating it in Linux, you're going to need to answer my question in your other topic ;)
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Re: Using Unetbootin to create a persistent Peppermint 7 USB stick.
« Reply #13 on: April 28, 2018, 05:02:54 pm »
Mom's old laptop is currently running Win10 after being updated from Win7... So I can follow your link from above on there... trying to track down how I shrink her Win Partitions first... but still need some mental space for clarity. Meanwhile I'll search the new and old boards for dual booting tips...

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