Ubuntu :: Booting From USB Flash Drive?

Mar 13, 2010

I ran across this webpage and was just wondering if anyone's tried this before.


I've got a spare 1GB lexar jump drive and was thinking of trying it out.

I just wanted to know if a 1GB drive is large enough.

anyone tried a Lexar jump drive before?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Booting From Flash Drive Or SD Card?

Mar 1, 2010

So I am at my wits end trying to figure out why this won't work. I am trying to install ubuntu 9.10 on my netbook (I hear it runs better than remix) but an running into a wall. I am already using Jolicloud as my main os on my main partition. I have used Unetbootin to get the 9.10 iso on my re-movable media. I have gone into the bios and chose to have it look at the re-movable first, then my 1st partition on the HD. For some reason it never looks at the USB drive. I have disabled everything on boot except for the media and i get a screen that says "insert bootable media or restart" then i have to go back into bios and enable the HD again.

Side note, the media I am using might not be in fat 32 because I haven't figured out how to format in linux but, I have formatted in windows so that it is fat 32 and got the same problem.

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Mar 15, 2010

I have an 8GB Sandisk Cruzer, which reportedly works just fine booting Linux. It does have U3 still present on one of the partitions, but this should not pose any problems either. I also have a 2GB FAT32 partition for storing Windows stuff. The rest (5.7GB) I have reserved for Ubuntu. Windows reports this as an active partition, and the Ubuntu boot CD reports this partition as dev/sdb5. I have installed Ubuntu from the Desktop CD to the USB partition using the guided install (largest continuous free space) and selected the boot (grub) location on the same partition (sdb5), as I'd rather not modify my existing windows bootloader. A 300MB swap partition also exists on the drive. When I attempt to boot the USB drive from either my laptop (Inspiron 1505) or desktop (Abit IP35 Pro), only a blinking dash (or underscore) appears with no LED activity on the flash drive. Could it be that the MBR of the flash drive needs to be aware that the grub install is located at sdb5?

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May 28, 2010

I'm trying to make a sort of "toolkit" flash drive using grub2 but I am running into some problems. For some reason, every entry below gives me the error "you must load the kernel first" when I try to boot it. I have checked in the grub command line and it appears that grub sees my flash drive as the first drive when booting. This is what my grub.cfg looks like.

#Clonezilla v1.2.5-17
menuentry "Clonezilla 32"
set isofile="/boot/isos/clonezilla32.iso"
loopback loop $isofile


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Mar 11, 2010

I have one new laptop that doesn't see one usb bootable device. The usb is a 1G with Mint8 on it that works on plenty of other systems. This is a newer HP laptop core i7 that see's two other flash drives and tries even to boot to my older flash install (only has syslinux no other files) but doesn't show the newer one in bios boot order or boot order choice F9.

It will work correctly under windows so the system does see it.

how to that that single drive to show up in order to boot to it?

Did power down, remove all usb except this one, tried to see if it fell under hard drives instead of usb.

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Jan 13, 2010

How to put ophcrack on linux because of my supposed intentions of plugging it in waiting 20 mins and cracking passwords wherever people do this I know having to waste my space triple booting the thing with Ophcrack XP/Vista and BackTrack. How does one go about dual booting a flash drive? I could not find much on the internet.

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Jun 18, 2010

"In this tutorial you will prepare a USB flash drive to make it bootable. After you booted it it shows you a menu where you can choose which live system you want to boot. So you might be interested in this tutorial if: You want to have multiple live systems on one USB flash drive In the future you want to create a new bootable live system just by copying the ISO file onto the drive and edit the grub.cfg You don't want to or can't use Distro specific LiveUSB creator tools You prefer a cleaner solution than the most LiveUSB creator tools which create several folders and files at the device root You are feeling bored and want to see cool features of Grub2 If you have a Grub2 version with Lua support you even don't need to manually edit the grub.cfg when you add new or remove live systems." Remainder of information is found here: [URL] This was found in a closed Karmic Development forum - can this be validated and updated if needed for Lucid?

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Dec 7, 2010

I recently bought a barebones computer kit and I need an operating system. Upon recommendation, I am considering openSUSE. Further I did not order a disc drive with my computer. This means that to boot openSUSE my only real option would be from a flash drive.

I have found an introduction on how to do it with ubuntu:

Create a Bootable Ubuntu USB Flash Drive the Easy Way - How-To Geek

I am interested to know if I can do a similar thing with openSUSE.

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Feb 18, 2011

I probably have not done any serious programming for 20 years, not counting a little HTML.

I stumbled onto an old FREESPIRE disk my bro sent me several years back -- and tried installing it on a Sony Vaio PCG FRV 28 I had crashed a few years back. The Sony bios is still aboard, but old enough to not have USB "booting" as part of the boot menu. I don't even know if one can easily hack into the BIOS on an old sony Vaio but changing the BIOS would solve lot of problems.

Does anyone have any ideas or certain knowledge on rewriting or modifying the Master Boot Code or an idea on making my USB [with Ubuntu or any other Linux implementation visible] and bootable to the bios on powerup?

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Sep 26, 2010

Ubuntu 10.04.1 to prepare a USB flash drive for use as installation media for a new computer that's on the way. When the Linux kernel tries booting up on the flash drive, I get an error saying VFS: Cannot open root device "<NULL>" or unknown-block(8,1).Here's how I got to this point...Created bootable partition on the thumb drive.Put the following files onto the flash drive: initrd.gz, vmlinuz, and ubuntu-10.04.1-server-amd64.iso fromhttp://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dis...ages/hd-media/Install Grub2 to the drive via grub-install.Put the following into boot/grub/grub.cfg:

set timeout=120
set default=0


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Jan 6, 2011

I am using a linux kernel 2.6.36 using mips architecture. I have succesfully booted the machine through Flash memory, but it is not booting through nfs. It is getting stuck at the stage where the image starts loading. In short the vmlinux.img file is being copied properly to nfsroot but the image is not loading.

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Mar 29, 2010

I made a persistent install of Ubuntu on a flash drive. I made changes to that installation. The software (Unetboontin) sets this all up. I think it partitions it for you. How do I image that flash drive to another flash drive?

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May 26, 2011

I am running a hp dv701175nr laptop and am booting ubuntu 11.04 from a usb flash drive. I can not seem to find my internal drive that has windows 7 stored on it. I tried to mount it but it give me this error:

Error mounting: mount exited with exit code 1: helper failed with:
mount: according to mtab, /dev/sdb1 is already mounted on /
mount failed

I can't use this operating system if I can't access my windows 7 drive and I really want to use this OS .

EDIT: Okay, so I think I have found my problem, but I don't know how to fix it, there are differences in my mtab and fstab commands, I will post what they say in a second, but I do not know how or what I need to do to change and make the settings right

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Jan 23, 2010

I wanted to know if i can install 9.10 onto a usb flash drive--without using my computers hard drive at all when running ubuntu off the flash drive-

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Jun 11, 2011

Back in Febuary, my wife bought a Toshiba Satilite from Wal-Mart and a few days ago the hard drive got toasted. So now I'm using an 8gig usb drive as the boot drive. I also have 2 other flash drives for downloads and such but overall I am very pleased.

I'm running 11.04 32 bit and was wandering if 64 bit made a difference. I've got 4 gigs of ddr3. It's slow to boot, but once it's running, it's faster then Windows 7. Very nice.

Is there anything I should chage, use, since I'm running it off a flash drive??

I have 3 seperat drives, 2 x 16 gigs and an 8 gig, and was wandering which one would be best for booting off of? What do I look for??

Here's what I got:

00:00.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS880 Host Bridge
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Toshiba America Info Systems Device 9602
00:06.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 PCI to PCI bridge (PCIE port 2)


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Jun 20, 2010

I bought an 8GB flash drive because my D drive doesn't read DVDs. Anyway, my goal is to install Linux ubuntu and have it be my OS (replacing Windows XP). Last night I went to the Ubuntu homepage and downloaded the Ubuntu desktop edition 32-bit and put it on my flash drive. I followed the instructions on how to open and run it, but I was never asked about whether I want Linux to run side by side with Windows or if I want it to replace Windows. It downloaded the whole program, my computer restarted and then (on a black screen) it asked if I wanted to use Windows XP Home Edition or Linux Ubuntu. It's really frustrating because it took a while to download and install it in the first place AND to top that off, when I tried to use Ubuntu it went to a black screen and at the top said that there was an error. So I uninstalled all the ubuntu program and software and now I have a clean slate and want to try this again. I am a complete n00b. Could someone please walk me through how I can go about downloading (w/ links plz), installing and making ubuntu my ONLY OS on my computer via a flash drive? I'm desperate and I don't want to go through all of that and make the same mistake again!

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Jul 3, 2010

I have a Transcend 4GB USB flash drive that suddenly stopped working. However, when I insert it into the USB slot, the light on the drive glows, but I'm unable to mount the drive, neither does ubuntu detect it.I disconnected the flash drive, and then run `dmesg | tail`. The result was this :

[ 623.940610] scsi7 : SCSI emulation for USB Mass Storage devices
[ 623.940928] usb-storage: device found at 6
[ 623.940931] usb-storage: waiting for device to settle before scanning


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Jan 6, 2011

For various reasons, when I installed our server, I configured it so that it would boot off a USB flash disk. The flash disk mounts as /boot and / mounts on our RAID array.

It all works very well, but I would like to have backup so that if/when the flash disk goes, I can pop in another one.

I have tried to make copies of the flash disk (using both cp and dd), but it doesn't work. When the server starts its bootup sequence, instead of Linux loading, a cursor starts blinking endlessly.

If I put the original flash in, it works fine. If I put the copy in, it doesn't work.

I can't see any difference between the copy and the original. They seem to have the same content. If I do blkid both have the same label and UUID. The label is /boot, and /etc/fstab refers to this

We are running Scientific Linux 5.4.

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Mar 8, 2011

Is Ubuntu like windows and can you download Ubuntu to a flash drive or external hard drive and if so what kind?

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Nov 4, 2010

My DVD drive has gone bad and with new Fedora 14 just launched I decided to install the same through the usb flash disk.

First I used dd: dd if=/home/prabhat/Download/Fedora-14-i386.iso of=/dev/sdb

It went on nicely and copied the iso nicely. But I could not boot with it.

Second time I tried livecd-tools: livecd-iso-to-disk /home/prabhat/Download/Fedora-14-i386.iso /dev/sdb1

It went on nicely, and finally declared something like - usb disk is not live .... But here again when I tried to boot it says MISSING OS. I checked the contents of the flash disk. It contained raw DVD iso image, one images directory, one syslinux directory. I checked the contents of the images directory, and I found it had the install.img. And yes, the /dev/sdb1 is bootable.

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Apr 16, 2010

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ls -l /vol/USBDISKB

OK - shows me the directory and files.


if [ -d /vol/USBDISKB ]; then
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Nov 5, 2010

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Dec 20, 2010

I have been having trouble with my latest LinuxMCE core server (based on Kubuntu 8.10). It will load the OS with no problems on the IDE drive, unless I have another, or multiple, hard drive installed. It doesn't matter if I loaded onto the IDE or SATA drives, it gives me the "ALERT! /dev/disk/by-uuid....does not exist. Dropping to shell." I thought it might be the loader, as just to get it into 'live' mode I need to enter 'pci=nomsi'. I tried to load Fedora (to try AMAHI), but it just sent me into a grub loop. If I try to have the second disk installed while running the install, it gets frozen at the busybox. The whole reason for going to this combo of system and OS was to be able to have multiple pci/e cards for security, TV tuning, etc, and have a minimum of 8TB onboard which can stay on 24/7/365. 120 gig just won't cut it!

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Trendnet teg-pcitxr Gig LAN card (need two LAN for MCE)
Seagate st332000542as hard drive (unformatted, plan to use as storage)
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Samsung external DVD to load OS

I hope to eventually use the laptop drive as the root to keep running costs down.

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Mar 29, 2011

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May 4, 2011

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Jun 16, 2011

I am trying to install ubuntu on a computer that has no ability to boot from CD or USB. I have a new hard drive on which I want to install ubuntu (IDE, with an adapter for USB), and another computer running ubuntu. How can I prepare this new hard drive so that a computer can boot from it and install Ubuntu? I don't wish to complete the install from another computer, because I want all the hardware detection and drivers to correct upon install.

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Jan 21, 2010

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Oct 14, 2010

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Dec 17, 2010

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May 2, 2011

I have a laptop with a dead CD drive. I want to install Ubuntu 11.04 on it however it can not boot a USB drive. The current os is trashed, but grub is still okay. Is there any way to load the ubuntu CD's contents off of a flash drive and boot it from the grub console at boot?

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