[sf-lug] [Fwd: Re: how to make a usb stick bootable]

David Sterry david at sterryit.com
Sat Aug 15 15:52:13 PDT 2009

There is a tool called fUSBi that will optionally download an ISO of a
100% free gnu/linux distribution and put it on a usb stick at the same
time making the usb stick bootable. It's very simple to use and if you
already have the iso you can just point it to the file and the drive and
you're done. It's based on a tool called Unetbootin that does the same
for a wider array of gnu/linux distros.


Tom Haddon wrote:
> Sorry, forgot to hit reply all, so forwarding to the list in case anyone
> else is interested.
> -------- Forwarded Message --------
>> From: Tom Haddon <tom at greenleaftech.net>
>> To: jim <jim at well.com>
>> Subject: Re: [sf-lug] how to make a usb stick bootable
>> Date: Sat, 15 Aug 2009 17:45:43 -0400
>> On Fri, 2009-08-14 at 18:00 -0700, jim wrote:
>>> we want to put linux on a usb stick. we want 
>>> the usb stick to be bootable. 
>> Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty) has a "USB Startup Disk Creator" application in the
>> "System -> Administration" menu. You tell it what ISO file you want to
>> turn into a bootable USB disk, what USB disk to use, and it does the
>> rest. Has worked for me quite well in creating bootable USB disks to
>> test installs on my HP Mini 1000 (which doesn't have a CD/DVD drive).
>> Cheers, Tom
>>>    we used fdisk to put on these partitions: 
>>> /dev/sdb1 bootable ext3 128MB 
>>> /dev/sdb2 ext3 4GB 
>>> /dev/sdb5 ext2 512MB 
>>>    we've put no directory names on the partitions. 
>>> # man grub-install 
>>> says we can put grub on a device name and also 
>>> use the --root-directory option to specify a 
>>> directory in which we list grub images. 
>>>    we want to have the / namespace on /dev/sdb2 
>>> and we want the /dev/sdb1 partition to be mounted 
>>> on the /boot mount point (specified in the root 
>>> directory on the /dev/sdb2 partitioned. 
>>>    we've successfully mounted the thing on /zzb1 
>>> and /zzb2 and /zzb5 mount point directories on our 
>>> working box. 
>>>    we've not put any files on the usb stick, we've 
>>> not used any installer to put any linux or other 
>>> os on the usb stick. 
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