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Join Date: Jul 2010
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Prepping A LINUX Flash Drive When All Else Fails - 08-20-2010, 07:58 AM
How To Prep A Linux USB Flash Drive When All Else Fails
After trying fruitlessly to make a Linux hard drive on a Mac I finally found a way around it.
You will need:
A Computer (assuming your on a mac)
A Linux Distro
Installing Linux With Virtual Box to a Flash Drive
1.Download Ubuntu or another form of Linux and VirtualBox at VirtualBox.
2. Install Virtual Box and open it. In the top left hand corner click “New”. When establishing VM Name and OS Type Select Linux > Ubuntu.
3. Choose a memory size and make a virtual hard drive.
4. Now click “Settings” next to “New”.
5. Plug in your flash drive.
6. Click “Ports” then click the USB icon. Select your flash drive. Now your done with that.
7. Click the CD with the plus at the bottom left of the screen. Then click “Add CD/DVD device” Select the CD named “Empty”. Now click the folder with the arrow. A window titled “Virtual Media Manager” then find your EasyPeasy file.
8. Now close out the settings and click “Start”. It will boot EasyPeasy.
9. Next once booted go to Systems>Startup Disk Maker and open it.
10. Find your flash drive and erase it even if it already empty.
11. Next go to the bottom and click “Make Startup Disk”
12. Wait until it’s installed.
13. Reboot your computer and click F12 or whatever key is used to boot off a drive. Be sure USB BIOS is enabled.
14. Be forewarned, booting from a flash drive takes FOREVER.
15. Now your done. Install following a guide if your dual booting.
Join Date: Jun 2010
08-30-2010, 09:50 PM
If you are interested, Live CD's are an easy and cheap way of testing a distro. However, short of installing it, I find that nothing works as well as a live USB, as those are able to reproduce an OS in close to native install performance. Most distros call for a 2gb thumb drive, but I prefer to use a 4gb drive and give myself the room to try larger live DVD ISO files on the USB. Amazon.com is a good place to find cheap 4GB USB thumb drives (I went with Kingston) and they are very easy to reformat and reuse if you want to try different Distros. If you're interested in creating a live USB, download and use the following Windows based program (Unetbootin is also available as a Linux package):
UNetbootin - Homepage and Downloads
If you would still rather run live CD's and live DVD's, then download the following windows based program:
ISO Recorder v 2
Please note that some distros are not made to have Unetbootin create a live USB out of them. You can always create them manually if unetbootin is unable, just look for the method in that distros community forum. Sometimes your best option will be to run a live CD/DVD.
Also keep in mind that Most ISO files are large (between 500 and 700 MB's on average, with most falling in the +/-600mb range). Most offer download mirrors, but those can take the better part of an hour to download on a fast internet connection. Consider downloading a torrent client (I recommend ĀµTorrent and downloading your ISOs with that - it should make the process much faster.
Join Date: Jan 2010
09-11-2010, 01:46 AM
Some distros (At least Fedora, Mandriva, and Arch) are now using 'hybrid ISOs'.
These can be written to a USB drive using raw disk writing tools.
You should be able to create a Live USB for those distros on a Mac by following these instructions:
Putting installation media on a USB key - ArchWiki
I asked the PartedMagic developer to start using hybrid ISO's, and he said he would:
PartedMagic comes with Unetbootin preinstalled, so you can use that to create other live USBs.
And since it runs completely in RAM, you can even use the same USB stick you used to boot Pmagic
Join Date: Apr 2009
09-11-2010, 05:35 PM
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