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makedisk for Linux?

Postby RickJ » Wed Jan 24, 2018 2:07 pm

Having just upgraded to IFL v3, and got my head round UEFI in a new machine, I noticed that there's a couple of UEFI-specific downloads - IFU and Partwork for EFI.

I'd like to try these, but they only include makedisk for creating boot media. As a Linux user I don't have Windows, so I'm a bit stuck.

I've been trying to work out from looking at makedisk.cfg what files I would have to copy to the boot media to create a valid bootable EFI device, but without much success! I guess there's not enough users like me around for it to be worth Terabyte writing makedisk for Linux, but if I had a definition of the semantics of makedisk.cfg, I could probably create a boot disk manually, possibly even write a makedisk myself.

Can anyone at Terabyte provide any help with this?
TIA
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Re: makedisk for Linux?

Postby Brian K » Wed Jan 24, 2018 2:24 pm

Rick, PartWork is included in the IFL install. But that's only to run it in Linux, not to boot from it.
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Re: makedisk for Linux?

Postby TeraByte Support » Thu Jan 25, 2018 12:46 pm

you can just use "partwork" in the IFL GUI boot media as well. The UEFI
versions create boot media for UEFI. Basically the bootx64.efi file is
needed in \boot\efi along with whatever to boot named grubx64.efi (rename
tbosdt.efi to grubx6t4.efi).


"RickJ" wrote in message news:14644@public.image...

Having just upgraded to IFL v3, and got my head round UEFI in a new machine,
I noticed that there's a couple of UEFI-specific downloads - IFU and
Partwork for EFI.

I'd like to try these, but they only include makedisk for creating boot
media. As a Linux user I don't have Windows, so I'm a bit stuck.

I've been trying to work out from looking at makedisk.cfg what files I would
have to copy to the boot media to create a valid bootable EFI device, but
without much success! I guess there's not enough users like me around for it
to be worth Terabyte writing makedisk for Linux, but if I had a definition
of the semantics of makedisk.cfg, I could probably create a boot disk
manually, possibly even write a makedisk myself.

Can anyone at Terabyte provide any help with this?
TIA

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Re: makedisk for Linux?

Postby RickJ » Fri Jan 26, 2018 4:22 am

Brian K wrote:
> Rick, PartWork is included in the IFL install. But that's only to run it in
> Linux, not to boot from it.

Thanks, yes I realise that. I just fancied trying the direct UEFI boot version to see if it was quicker and more convenient.
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Re: makedisk for Linux?

Postby RickJ » Fri Jan 26, 2018 4:32 am

TeraByte Support wrote:
> you can just use "partwork" in the IFL GUI boot media as well. The UEFI
> versions create boot media for UEFI. Basically the bootx64.efi file is
> needed in \boot\efi along with whatever to boot named grubx64.efi (rename
> tbosdt.efi to grubx6t4.efi).

Thanks, I was wondering if there was a rename needed for the efi file.

What about bootx64.efi? Do you use the one supplied in IFL, cos there's no such file in partwork of IFU? I'm assuming that with these tools bootx64 just runs grubx64, the latter being the main code.
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Re: makedisk for Linux?

Postby TeraByte Support » Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:12 pm

you can just name it bootx64.efi if secure boot is disabled.




"RickJ" wrote in message news:14656@public.image...

TeraByte Support wrote:
> you can just use "partwork" in the IFL GUI boot media as well. The UEFI
> versions create boot media for UEFI. Basically the bootx64.efi file is
> needed in \boot\efi along with whatever to boot named grubx64.efi (rename
> tbosdt.efi to grubx6t4.efi).

Thanks, I was wondering if there was a rename needed for the efi file.

What about bootx64.efi? Do you use the one supplied in IFL, cos there's no
such file in partwork of IFU? I'm assuming that with these tools bootx64
just runs grubx64, the latter being the main code.

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Re: makedisk for Linux?

Postby RickJ » Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:29 pm

Thanks for your help, just to confirm I've got both of them to work (ifu & partwork). I've made two partitions on a USB device with one on each, so I can boot either.

Having BootIt back is great. I don't use it often, but it's so handy for messing with partitions, esp. the main OS ones.

I did notice though that partwork doesn't see any USB devices, there's not even a USB option in the Bus dropdown, just "OS". Is this a known limitation?
Also, is there any way to view the GPT in full? View MBR just shows the one-line entry, which I presume is a pointer to the GPT itself.
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Re: makedisk for Linux?

Postby TeraByte Support » Thu Feb 01, 2018 6:42 pm

Bus option is OS for everything but DOS type environment since that is what
provides access to it. UEFI would be the UEFI environment, they would show
up as normal drives. The partition work window shows the entire GPT (in
disk layout order).

"RickJ" wrote in message news:14674@public.image...

Thanks for your help, just to confirm I've got both of them to work (ifu &
partwork). I've made two partitions on a USB device with one on each, so I
can boot either.

Having BootIt back is great. I don't use it often, but it's so handy for
messing with partitions, esp. the main OS ones.

I did notice though that partwork doesn't see any USB devices, there's not
even a USB option in the Bus dropdown, just "OS". Is this a known
limitation?
Also, is there any way to view the GPT in full? View MBR just shows the
one-line entry, which I presume is a pointer to the GPT itself.

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