How to restore a USB drive converted to bootable
freebsd01 at dgmm.net
Fri May 1 23:46:05 UTC 2015
On Friday 01 May 2015 17:20:10 William A. Mahaffey III wrote:
> I am about to do some OS installs (NetBSD & OpenBSD, as it happens) on
> boxen under construction. I would also like to use UBCD on a flash drive
> to memcheck those boxen prior to installation. If I prep a USB thumb
> drive as either a bootable UBCD drive or an over-the-WWW installer, I
> wipe out the drive for its original use. Is there a way to restore the
> drive back to its original functionality if I wanted to ? I will
> probably use this box, AMD64 FreeBSD 9.3R-p13, for the prepping, BTW,
> just to bring it sorta on-topic ....
one potentially heretical answer is to use yumi, available from pendrivelinux.com
It's a Windows program which puts syslinux on a FAT32 pendrive and allows you to boot multiple images/ISOs from a menu while retaining the "normal" usage of the pendrive. The possible downside is you need a Windows computer to build and/or maintain it.
There is a Linux version in development too but I've not looked at that for a while.
Disclaimer. I have no connection to Yumi or pendrivelinux.com. Just a happy user for a number of years.
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