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#1 2020-09-11 21:52:25

trilobite
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A GUI for writing a bootable image to USB: "gnome-multi-writer"

Don't know if others find this tedious, scary or difficult. I always worry that I'll designate the wrong drive using dd.  I started using gnome-multi-writer which comes up as "Multiwriter" in the installed list of programs for me in OpenBox. It installs without asking for dependencies in the prior Lithium version of this great distro of Bunsenlabs.


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#2 2020-09-12 05:42:04

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Re: A GUI for writing a bootable image to USB: "gnome-multi-writer"

trilobite wrote:

Don't know if others find this tedious, scary or difficult. I always worry that I'll designate the wrong drive using dd.  I started using gnome-multi-writer which comes up as "Multiwriter" in the installed list of programs for me in OpenBox. It installs without asking for dependencies in the prior Lithium version of this great distro of Bunsenlabs.

Multiwriter is not available in the Debian repository. The source has to be downloaded from https://download.gnome.org/sources/gnome-multi-writer and compiled.
I think that those who can compile sourcecode can use cp or dd correct...

For those uncertain:
When using dd, run command lsblk before inserting usb-stick. Insert usb-stick and run lsblk again to get the devicename of usb-stick.

Write command in editor, check with output in terminal you have chosen right devicename. Copy and paste command to terminal.

Multiwriters streangth is to write to many usb-sticks at the same time (up to tventy).


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#3 2020-09-12 22:33:13

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Re: A GUI for writing a bootable image to USB: "gnome-multi-writer"

I wonder if gnome-multi-writer is 100% guaranteed to never write to the wrong drive...
But yeah, how did you install it?


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#4 2020-09-12 22:48:57

trilobite
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Re: A GUI for writing a bootable image to USB: "gnome-multi-writer"

I went to Synaptic and there it appeared. ver 3.30.0-2 Perhaps it is in backports?  It installed both in Lithium and Helium. 

I've got 4 crappy old lappies I'm playing with right now.  Just put Lithium on a 2006 vintage Dell Vostro 1000


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#5 2020-09-12 23:29:55

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Re: A GUI for writing a bootable image to USB: "gnome-multi-writer"

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#6 2020-09-13 06:01:22

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Re: A GUI for writing a bootable image to USB: "gnome-multi-writer"

hhh wrote:

^ It's not in Debian backports, it's in the main repos...

It did not show up when i searched before. Must have enterd some misspelling.

Last edited by rbh (2020-09-13 14:02:29)


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#7 2020-09-13 13:31:26

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Re: A GUI for writing a bootable image to USB: "gnome-multi-writer"

another option to try:

https://mxlinux.org/blog/live-usb-maker … -appimage/

Works really well. Only for 64 bit though.

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#8 2020-09-14 00:59:46

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Re: A GUI for writing a bootable image to USB: "gnome-multi-writer"

rbh wrote:

For those uncertain:
When using dd, run command lsblk before inserting usb-stick. Insert usb-stick and run lsblk again to get the devicename of usb-stick.

Write command in editor, check with output in terminal you have chosen right devicename. Copy and paste command to terminal.

Hoping I am not not hijacking this thread, but can these tips be added to the FAQ on how to write the ISO to a USB. Currently it just warns to be careful you have the right drive, but gives no hint on how to figure out the right drive.

I have used lsblk after inserting the usb drive, but always puzzled, "but how do I know which one is the right one?" It never occurred to me to run it twice, before and after inserting... And seeing which id is added on the list.

So, yeah, can someone update the FAQ?

Thanks,
David

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