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Dated: Apr. 23, 2013
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The advantages of a USB flash memory over a CD or DVD are obvious and indisputable. The speed and efficiency of data manipulation, and the ever growing capacity, with the constant drop of prices made the popular flashes became the integral part of everybody’s personal pocket inventory. When you add the fact that most new computers have the option to boot from transportable media, it is completely logical that this method will become popular and almost a default way to start live systems, and that mainly built for working of CD or DVD media.
Most Linux distributions have a live version (the option for the system to start without installation on the hard drive) and in .iso format, that needs to be burned to the optic media. Although the procedure of placing an .iso image into another memory is present for a long time, it has, until now, been very complicated and unattractive to users that are technically less educated. This is where the scripts and programs come to action, they make the procedure simpler and easier, and the LiLi USB Creator is one of them.
After you download the program, finish the installation and start it, you will be greeted by a slightly unusual design, that stands out of the classic Windows applications. Although it is a window, its background is transparent, so you can see five different wholes that present the steps necessary to successfully place the live system on a USB flash memory
. A charming feature are the little lights in the corner that show you if the concrete option is set right and if you can continue. For a start you need to choose the USB flash
that we want to use, and it has to be formatted in FAT
. Then we choose from where the installation is done, by which we choose between CD/DVD device or picture (.iso, .img, .zip format)
saved somewhere on the hard drive. Also, from the program itself you can automatically take some of the offered distributions (and the list is big). Before copying on the USB flash
, you need to adjust a few more options, like persistence mode
, that enables you to save settings in the live regime and if you want, memory formatting. One option we will take a good look at is the possibility to start the USB flash from the Windows OS
, which is done by automatically downloading it from the Internet an setting the virtualization program VirtualBox
. By that the LiLi USB Creator stands out
from other programs of similar purpose and it is worth praising. After you set all the available options as you wish, by clicking on the icon you start the process of copying the content and necessary configuration files on the memory. When the process is done, you can test the success of the operation, whether by restarting the computer and choosing the USB memory
as a boot device, or by starting the VirtualBox
if you have chosen that possibility. If everything goes alright, you have the desired system that you can take with yourself and use it wherever you need it. Of course, those that often try various distributions can simply and quickly test them without spending time and money on optic media.
In the end, next to an absolute recommendation for the FREE LiLi USB Creator
, we should praise the excellent web site of the project
, with detailed information and explanations for the end user.
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