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Old 12-11-12, 06:51 PM   #1
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Help me Apple geniuses

I have a Windows XP Pro 3 .ISO that has been modified to be installed onto a USB flash drive that can then be installed to a harddrive.

I'm working from OSX Lion and DiskUtility-->Restore-->Source Image-->Destination (USB Drive) does not work and returns the error:

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Restore Error: Could not validate source - Invalid argument
I need to get this working from my macintosh because the 2nd computer I'm installing this OS to has a new drive and can't be worked from yet.

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Old 12-11-12, 07:04 PM   #2
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i never used a apple before but have u tryied booting from the flashdrive?
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Old 12-11-12, 07:10 PM   #3
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Yeah, just copying the .ISO directly to the flash drive, then in the BIOS selecting the drive I get an error saying no operating system was found. I think there is a way to "unpack" the ISO into the flash drive and then from there the BIOS can load the drive and install to the harddrive.

Edit: So, mounted the ISO under DiskUtility which loaded up Finder with all of the OS files and folders. Selected all of that and dragged it to the empty flash drive.

Putting the drive into the second computer still gives me the error that no operating system was found.

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Not sure it works under the Apple tree, but I'm currently using a utility called UNetbootin on my Vista laptop. It comes with a directory of (older) linux distros and some disk recovery tools. You can either select from that directory (which it fetches and loads onto your flash drive automatically) or you can use it to copy an ISO image that you have onto the flash drive. This allows me to try an OS before proceeding to a full install, though.

Just checked, and you're in luck- it works on Mac OSX. Here's a linky to the description and download. http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/
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Thank you no1mad for the suggestion, but this ISO is Windows XP, so unetbootin won't work
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umm.....isn't that an oxymoron?
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I hope not!, I really need the help of a genius!
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Another thing- are the file systems compatible? If the format isn't compatible, say you set your partition for the other OS to it's preferred type, then the master OS will not read or recognize that part of the HDD at all. I got into trouble the last time I attempted to do a true dual boot scenario- I installed Ubuntu and set the partition to use its native 'ext' system, but then Vista could not detect the partition that Ubuntu was on. Ubuntu can run on 'fat32', which is Windows, but it is not as fast as it could be.
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Thank you no1mad for the suggestion, but this ISO is Windows XP, so unetbootin won't work
Um, why are you wanting to install an OS that will soon no longer have any support whatsoever and that IE9 won't even run on?
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Didn't read the full article on wiki, but looks like you're having the same issue I had with installing Ubuntu on my Windows laptop- the file systems are incompatible- Apple uses HFS+ in OSX10 and WinXP uses FAT32.
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It won't be connected to the internet so I don't care about updates. I need XP for older console emulation because Mac has poor quality emulators.
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Didn't read the full article on wiki, but looks like you're having the same issue I had with installing Ubuntu on my Windows laptop- the file systems are incompatible- Apple uses HFS+ in OSX10 and WinXP uses FAT32.
I formatted the flash drive to FAt32 and it still didn't work when I opened up the ISO and copied all of its contents to the drive
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I formatted the flash drive to FAt32 and it still didn't work when I opened up the ISO and copied all of its contents to the drive
Maybe this article will be of help- http://www.techtipsgeek.com/install-...usb-drive/559/
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It's mostly working for the shareholders.
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Maybe this article will be of help- http://www.techtipsgeek.com/install-...usb-drive/559/
This process won't work under Mac but I'm going to follow it on a friends windows computer, thanks no1made :-)
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Question- why not just run WinXP in a virtual box?
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unetbootin and usb-creator-gtk are your friends if you're on linux. Might be something like that for osx.
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unetbootin and usb-creator-gtk are your friends if you're on linux. Might be something like that for osx.
unetbootin has already been brought up. OP is on OSX and wanting to install WinXP.
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Question- why not just run WinXP in a virtual box?
Yup, go to http://www.virtualbox.org. You should be able to mount the ISO directly from within a virtual machine, and boot from there.
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Does it have to be USB? Easiest way is burn the ISO to cd with Toast or even Disk Utility then boot from cd to install.
For that matter, you could "burn" it to a USB stick with Disk Utility, not use the restore function. Assuming the second computer can boot from USB.
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Make sure your ISO image is good. Double-click it to if it'll mount as a drive on your desktop. Also burn it to a CD at slowest speed the media supports and test the CD. ISO may be bad.

A lot of people don't understand with an ISO image is. It's a sector-by-sector image of a disk-partition. This means it starts at sector-63 on any media that it's transferred to. You'll also need sectors 0-62 properly created on the USB-stick or hard-drive for them to be bootable. This includes the boot-image (sector-0) and partition-table. Only when those wrapper-components are properly created, can the ISO then be 'inserted' into the container and be bootable. Various ways on OSX to format & partition a USB stick to be bootable. But you still need a valid ISO as well.

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