mkusb PPAs for vivid (Phill Whiteside)

Nio Wiklund nio.wiklund at
Sun Nov 16 14:53:26 UTC 2014

Hi again,

I've tried 'Disks' alias gnome-disks in Lubuntu 14.04.1 and Vivid.

I could make it create an iso file from a partition, but not from the
whole drive. Trying from the whole drive gave me an error both running
as a regular user and with sudo. (I tested with a Tiny Core iso file,
which is small so it was fast.)

When I restored from the image of the partition I got a working boot
drive. (I cloned the Ubuntu mini.iso in between so that the pendrive was
changed.) I think this is not logical (and not corresponding to how dd
is used). Restoring a partition should not restore the whole drive, but
I guess it is intended to work this way.

I could make it flash, clone alias 'restore' a boot USB drive from
another iso file (I tested with the Ubuntu mini.iso (because it is small
so it was fast).


Conclusion: I'm glad that I learned about this feature of 'Disks'. It is
certainly possible to use in order to make a USB boot drive. There is an
extra 'final warning window', so it should be safe enough to use. And
best of all, it offers a working solution, when the Startup Disk Creator
suffers from a really bad bug (# 1325801) plus several minor bugs.


But of course, I still think that my mkusb is better ;-)

One important extra feature of mkusb is the ability to use general
compressed image files (an iso file often contains the compressed
container squashfs, but is not itself compressed). Another extra feature
of mkusb is the ability to check if the content of the iso file matches
that of the pendrive, and suggest updating for iso-testing. And there
are several informative windows including a final warning with red

Best regards

Den 2014-11-16 14:14, Nio Wiklund skrev:
> Hi Andre,
> Nice method :-) I recognize some characteristics like mkusb - dd -
> cloning and some characteristics like the OBI and its tarballs.
> Are you using any OEM install feature too?
> Linux has so many options and possibilities. I think we should look more
> into this cloning feature of gnome-disks.
> Best regards
> Nio
> Den 2014-11-16 13:47, Andre Rodovalho skrev:
>> Yes, I guess gnome-disks use something similiar as dd to clone and
>> restore disks. I use it to make some replication on the company I work.
>> It is very simple and functional. I do not use .iso images. I have a
>> backup (root partition) made from an existing installation I made and
>> tweaked. So, with that disk image I can restore on other disks, the only
>> thing I need to do further is to install grub2 on the restored disk...
>> I do not have an image of the home partition. I have the files
>> compressed in a .tar.gz file. When I "create a new disk install", I do a
>> swap and home partition compatible with disk space and machine
>> configuration. Then just extract those user files into /home
>> 2014-11-16 4:36 GMT-02:00 Nio Wiklund <nio.wiklund at
>> <mailto:nio.wiklund at>>:
>>     Den 2014-11-15 22:01, Jerry skrev:
>>     > I've been having good results with the Disks tool started by the top
>>     > icon in the launcher.
>>     > Start it up, plug in your USB stick, then "restore" the disk image
>>     from
>>     > your .iso.  As usual, careful, read the messages....
>>     > Seems to obliterate whatever was on the USB stick I haven't had to
>>     format.
>>     >
>>     > Disks even worked with  the distro LXLE an alternative to Lubuntu.
>>     >
>>     > I pretty much stick with Unity and Lubuntu with occasional samples of
>>     > Next, LXLE, wattOS, chromebook, tablet, etc.
>>     >
>>     > JerryLA
>>     > jerrylamos at <mailto:jerrylamos at>
>>     >
>>     >
>>     Hi Jerry,
>>     Do you think that this method via the Disks tool is using dd (or a
>>     similar cloning process) under the hood? So that it has actually merged
>>     the task of mkusb into an existing Ubuntu tool :-)
>>     Let us check if the interface is good enough to help people avoid
>>     destroying data on an internal drive by mistake.
>>     Best regards
>>     Nio
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