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Default How-to get the Dell restore img to boot from a USB key - 10-27-2008, 04:45 PM

I worked on this all weekend and finally came to some conclusions.

As far as I can tell the img that Dell posted on their site is NOT the same as the RESTORE DVD that comes in the box and that we shared on this site via torrent.

I have a copy of that restore DVD. It boots into a graphical environment that asks if you want to do a restore. The img that is posted on the support site boots to a text based screen.

I finally got the img that is posted on the Dell support site to run from a USB key. There are two ways to do this. Since its an image NOT an iso you can use the "dd" command. It would look like this:

sudo dd if=/path_to_restore_image/restore_image.img of=/path_to_your_USB_key bs=1024 (such as /dev/sdc/)

The other way is to download image-writer
http://ppa.launchpad.net/ogra/ubuntu/po ... a1_all.deb

image-writer is a graphical front end for dd. Look for it in Applications/Accessories

I booted off the USB key to a text based screen advising me that if I press enter the system would be over written with the restore image. The system was restored and it asked you to remove the USB key. Then the system was rebooted.

Be careful. If you press enter the SSD gets overwritten with the restore image.

I went through the initial set up and after another reboot it was up and running the Dell version of Ubuntu Hardy.

Problem solved.


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Default Re: How-to get the Dell restore img to boot from a USB key - 10-27-2008, 06:10 PM

Good work. Shame you can't install Dell's Ubuntu Mini onto a USB drive for dual booting. Oh, well. I managed to get Ubuntu 8.04.1 LTS on a usb stick.


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Default Re: How-to get the Dell restore img to boot from a USB key - 10-27-2008, 10:50 PM

Is the final result the same after installation ?
Restore DVD versus Dell support image
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Default Re: How-to get the Dell restore img to boot from a USB key - 10-27-2008, 11:19 PM

Yes. Same result. The only difference I see is that the restore DVD uses a graphics based installer and the restore image that Dell has on their support site uses a text based installer.


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Default Re: How-to get the Dell restore img to boot from a USB key - 11-03-2008, 10:01 PM

Hi Guys,

do you still have that image for direct download instead of using the torrent client?


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Default Re: How-to get the Dell restore img to boot from a USB key - 11-04-2008, 09:18 PM

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Hi Guys,

do you still have that image for direct download instead of using the torrent client?
you can download it directly from dell. just go to support.dell.com, put in the mini 9, look for downloads/drivers, and you'll see ubuntu 8.04. the image-writer works perfectly. just mount the usb flash stick, run image-writer, then select the .img file for source and the mounted usb stick for destination. it can take a bit of time. once it's done, reboot, choose the option to change boot preference, use usb, then give it about 20 minutes before it asks you to remove the usb stick/reboot.

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Default Re: How-to get the Dell restore img to boot from a USB key - 11-06-2008, 07:00 PM

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Yes. Same result. The only difference I see is that the restore DVD uses a graphics based installer and the restore image that Dell has on their support site uses a text based installer.
onefish2 - are these installers interactive, or do they just assume a blank-and-reinstall? Interested in tinkering with my partitioning scheme before putting Dell's Ubuntu back on my mini...

(I don't want to let some automated installer loose on my SSD, you know?)

Thanks for any feedback!


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Default Re: How-to get the Dell restore img to boot from a USB key - 11-07-2008, 06:20 AM

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Yes. Same result. The only difference I see is that the restore DVD uses a graphics based installer and the restore image that Dell has on their support site uses a text based installer.
onefish2 - are these installers interactive, or do they just assume a blank-and-reinstall? Interested in tinkering with my partitioning scheme before putting Dell's Ubuntu back on my mini...

(I don't want to let some automated installer loose on my SSD, you know?)

Thanks for any feedback!
basically it will blank the drive.... no real option other than to start.


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Default Re: How-to get the Dell restore img to boot from a USB key - 11-07-2008, 02:42 PM

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basically it will blank the drive.... no real option other than to start.
Well, I guess I'll just have to re-size things afterward with a gparted bootdisk.

Thanks!


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Default Re: How-to get the Dell restore img to boot from a USB key - 11-07-2008, 04:17 PM

No need to do that any longer. Just do an apt-get-upgrade and a new package from Dell will get installed that will do the resize after a reboot.


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