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Parted Magic on a USB
« on: December 22, 2011, 05:04:01 pm »
Hi All,

I have created a USB boot drive for Parted Magic, I put the iso file onto the pendrive and then plugged it into the rear USB header on my MB....kept pressing F12.....selected USB..HDD...and got an error message...cant work it out. Anyone know how to install it on a pendrive?


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Re: Parted Magic on a USB
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2011, 08:27:27 pm »
You can't just copy the Parted Magic ISO onto a USB pendrive.

Download UNetbootin from here: http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/ and use this to extract and copy the needed files onto the USB pendrive.

Also remember to follow this instruction from the Parted Magic download page: http://partedmagic.com/doku.php?id=downloads
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ISO booting: Remove _i486, _i686, or _x86_64 from the name of the ISO image. Parted Magic won't be able to find the squashfs image if you don't.
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Re: Parted Magic on a USB
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2011, 10:18:09 pm »
Thanks for the reply absic,

I'll read through the information again and have another try tomorrow.....I've probably missed something.


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Re: Parted Magic on a USB
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2011, 03:22:31 pm »
Still no joy, I keep getting the following message:

"Error: No configuration file found
No Default or UI configuration directive found"

The pendrive is formatted to FAT 32 I have removed the i686 from the file name and followed the instructions.
« Last Edit: December 23, 2011, 03:33:47 pm by teknology9 »
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Re: Parted Magic on a USB
« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2011, 05:09:02 pm »
Don't know why you're having problems just downloaded both files from above links and works fine.

First save downloads to desktop:
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Rename the PMagic ISO file to pmagic_2011_11_24

Run the UNetbootin program


Select Diskimage and browse to the PMagic ISO on the Desktop




Click OK and the files will be copied to the USB pendrive




Once the files have been copied you will get the following screen:


Click Exit and browse to the pendrive to check the files are all there


Make sure the USB Pendrive is plugged into the PC and reboot. Press F12 during POST to get the BOOT Menu and select USB-HDD.

It should now load and run  PMagic.

Remember, when all else fails a cup of tea and a good swear will often help! It won't solve the problem but it will make you feel better.

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Re: Parted Magic on a USB
« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2011, 05:41:30 pm »
Hi,

Thanks for that absic.....but still no joy.....I haven't got the last two files:

Uni installer copying

Uni installer readme

I dont know why....I 've followed your guide to the letter

KIT CHECK

1 SanDisk Cruzer Edge - FAT 32 Formatted

1 Uetbootin Installer

1 Parted Magic iso file downloaded from the Parted Magic website......where did you download yours from absic?

Have I missed anything......where am I going wrong? ???

Have you used Nero for that iso file?


Cheers

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« Last Edit: December 23, 2011, 06:13:46 pm by teknology9 »
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Re: Parted Magic on a USB
« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2011, 06:18:28 pm »
Hi all,

Extract from web link : http://partedmagic.com/doku.php?id=downloads

If you would like to use Parted Magic from a CD or USB stick, first download one of these files for the correct CPU of your machine.

Most people will only need this file:
pmagic_2011_11_24_i686.iso (md5sum: 578bad3d3aa2ae84373e9047f8d8db4d)

This file is for machines older than a Pentium III class, such as an i586 or a PII with only one processor.
pmagic_2011_11_24_i486.iso (md5sum: e7f06087b4911f66efb5d40625a59f0f)

This file has an X86_64 kernel which is useful for rescue tasks on x86_64 machines. For example, you cannot chroot into an x86_64 machine without this kernel:
pmagic_2011_11_24_x86_64.iso (md5sum: 4cb452343685ca143238d82f0ae35215)

ISO booting: Remove _i486, _i686, or _x86_64 from the name of the ISO image. Parted Magic won't be able to find the squashfs image if you don't. Also take into account that initramfs was renamed to initrd.img.

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Re: Parted Magic on a USB
« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2011, 06:22:47 pm »
Hi Gloup_Gloup....and thanks for that.

I must of read that a million times......I think winning the lottery would be easier.....but I not letting this past....I must solve this!!!!! ;D


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Re: Parted Magic on a USB
« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2011, 06:33:41 pm »
Hi Gloup_Gloup....and thanks for that.

I must of read that a million times......I think winning the lottery would be easier.....but I not letting this past....I must solve this!!!!! ;D

Teknology9

Hi teknology9,  :)

Sorry, but I take a chance... why not...

So, I suppose your USB key is formated in FAT32?

Other stupid chance... I take... (maybe you are tired... and forgot it...  :P ;D :P ;D)...
When not writing, I check ...  ;) ;)

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Re: Parted Magic on a USB
« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2011, 06:57:14 pm »
Hi,

I already have....I brought a ticket today!!! ;D

I have already formatted the USB drive to FAT 32 before I started.


Thanks,

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Re: Parted Magic on a USB
« Reply #10 on: December 23, 2011, 07:02:46 pm »
I downloaded the first PMagic ISO labelled: pmagic_2011_11_24_i686.iso (md5sum: 578bad3d3aa2ae84373e9047f8d8db4d) When I saved it to my PC I renamed the file: pmagic_2011_11_24

My USB Stick is formatted as FAT32 and is a 4 GB SanDisk Cruzer Edge also. Have you tried reformatting the USB stick as this may help?

Tested the installed PMagic on both an Intel and AMD system and works perfectly on both of them. Have you tried burning the ISO image to a CD instead of using the USB stick? I have just tried this and it works fine on both systems too.

I have Nero on my PC but I didn't use it on the ISO file when I created the USB version. The icon is the default one for ISO Images with Nero installed.
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Re: Parted Magic on a USB
« Reply #11 on: December 23, 2011, 07:15:00 pm »
Yes....I have formatted it several times in FAT32 but there is still no difference as the error message keeps appearing. I have got it on CD...but I just want to get this sussed just in case.


Thanks for the help....much appreciated.


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Re: Parted Magic on a USB
« Reply #12 on: December 23, 2011, 07:20:06 pm »
Strange that you are missing a couple of files from the USB version and it would seem to indicate that there is a problem with UNetbootin when it is creating the Bootable USB stick.

Just as a matter of curiosity, do you have another pendrive that you can try, even if it is a larger one? Just tried with an 8GB pendrive, same files copied and it still works fine for me.
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Re: Parted Magic on a USB
« Reply #13 on: December 23, 2011, 07:26:04 pm »
Yeah...I went on the Parted Magic Forum for a solution and there appears to be a problem of some sort. I tried a smaller pendrive and I have got an external HDD but I can't use that. I've read the UNetbootin website several times and can't see where I'm going wrong.


UPDATE

Did it ask you if you want to overwrite any files just before it finished at all?

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« Last Edit: December 23, 2011, 07:49:33 pm by teknology9 »
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Re: Parted Magic on a USB
« Reply #14 on: December 23, 2011, 08:53:42 pm »
No, it didn't ask to overwrite any files but if it does when you try say OK.

Being totally honest, if you have a copy on CD that works you would be better off using that as the amount of times you are liable to use PMagic is so limited it doesn't really warrant tying up a pendrive with it, especially when compared to the cost of a blank CD.
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