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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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