"cd2usb by hacktolive" (formerly "ULUMFW") is a windows program, designed to make Live USBs of Ubuntu (also works with Super OS). Credits to pendrivelinux.com for the inspiration for this tool and original basic design!
- Optional persistence (from 128 MB to 4 GB) (only Ubuntu 8.10+)
- Can use an Ubuntu CD or an ISO (or automatically download one)
- Requires only 800 MB of free space on the USB flash drive
- Does not require formatting the device
- Works with x86 (32 bits) and x86_64 (64 bits) distros
- Installs bootloader into device
- Windows PC (tested on Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7)
- Flash drive with at least 800 MB of free space (assuming the ISO is about 700 MB, bigger ISOs require bigger USB pendrives)
- Flash drive must be in a FAT32 filesystem (as of 2009, pretty much all of them already come like this by default)
- Ubuntu / Super OS (CD/ISO), versions tested: 8.04, 8.10, 9.04, 9.10, 10.04 (10.10 alpha also works, but not with persistence)
Just extract to any folder and run the file "cd2usb.bat"
Notes, warnings and issues
- Bug/problem: If you have a normal/limited user account, the program will not work. Solution: right-click cd2usb.bat and select "Run as administrator"
- If you choose the wrong drive letter, you can mess up your computer!!!
- The persistence file is what allows you to save your work, if you do not choose a persistence file, you Live USB will act like a Live CD
- Sometimes Ubuntu will hang at a busybox and initramfs screen while booting, just shut down the computer, and try again, it works for me...
- Some antivirus report a virus or possible virus related to "wget" or "zip/tar bomb" - This is related to the the inclusion of wget (probably also used by some malware), and the inlcusion of highly compressed archives (persistence files). cd2usb is malware-free and if you want, you can compile most of the tools used. (with the exception of robocopy, gratis tool from microsoft.com and "Bat to exe converter" - all the rest is open source)