I got stuck with the problem of creating a bootable flash drive.

If I do with the help of the standard utility - Startup disk creator - everything is recorded, but when reloading, the laptop does not respond to the USB flash drive.

I tried to do everything manually through “sudo fdisk/dev/sdc” - I changed many parameters, tried both ntfs and fat32 - nothing happens.

Rummaged in Google - everything is simple and everything works.I used to write a USB flash drive from Windows - everything worked out well and there were no problems.

Maybe someone solved a similar problem, help.

Just in case: HP 6730s laptop, system - Linux Mint 11 32bit
  • Windows is not at hand... – Magnificent80 Nov 30 '11 at 22:03

4 Answers 4

Under Windows, I always used Unetbootin.The site has a version and under Linux, try, it should work.
  • Thanks, I'm trying now. But it seems to me the problem is with HP laptop and file system flash drives. I need to find compatibility... although I could be wrong) – Magnificent80 Nov 30 '11 at 22:37
  • Nothing succeeded. And the most important thing is that it does not give errors when booting from a flash drive, but simply skips it, as if it is empty.
    Once I tried the HPFS/NTFS type - it gave an error, but it was loaded from a flash drive. In general, I am at a dead end ((
    – Magnificent80 Nov 30 '11 at 22:45
Perhaps(perhaps), the problem lies deeper than just a curved flash drive.I had a situation - put Linux Mint 11 in a dual-boot with Windows.After that, Windows needed to be torn down, which I did through GParted under Mint.

But here's the bad luck - the laptop stopped responding to any bootable media.If earlier a disk with Windows fun gave out"Press any key to start installation...", then now the Mint immediately began to boot.

Worse, when I was able to install Windows(Vista) with the help of some LiveCD, the Mint would still be loaded upon reboot.I recompiled and reset the GRUB settings several times - it did not help.

Apparently, the Mint installed its bootloader somewhere out of place, which led to such a disastrous result.

Honestly, I do not remember how it all decided.Either one of the distributions was installed and started, and already through it I formatted the rest of the disk.Either I was able to start the boot disk with 7th one and restored the boot sector via the recovery console(as it’s easy to restore the bootloader according to Win7).


I do not claim that you have the same situation.Just shared a sad experience.Anything can happen, and this option also can not be discarded.
And did not try?
sudo dd if=/path/to/iso/mint.iso of=/dev/sdc bs=4M;sync
  • Just need to look three times at the name of the device, so that it does not prove to be an internal flash drive on an android smart =) – Nasty20 Dec 1 '11 at 03:58
Try upgrading syslinux to the latest version.A bootable USB flash drive is created using this package, and it has compatibility problems with configs of different versions.Ubuntu had something similar at one time.