View Full Version : Boot Linux off a usb flashdrive

21-03-2005, 08:02 PM
hey there,
i brought myself a 1gb mp3 player/flash drive and i have heard that you can install a small linux distro on it and boot off it, if your BIOS allows you to. i just
wanna install it and have a bit of a play with it.

-which linux distro should i go with?
-how do i install it on the usb drive?
-im pretty sure i need to make partions so how do i do that? partion magic?
-will i still be able to listen to my music if i have a linux distro on it at the same time?

21-03-2005, 08:39 PM
This works only as a live distro

This looks interesting though

21-03-2005, 08:45 PM
I was looking at this one stage, until I realised my mobo didn't appear to support booting off a USB device :dogeye:

The distro I looked at was Flash-Puppy (http://www.goosee.com/puppy/flash-puppy.htm) as it was only a small download. There are other flash drive distro's available - List from Distrowatch (http://distrowatch.com/search.php?category=USB+drives&origin=All&basedon=All&desktop=All&architecture=All&status=Active)

The distro's should have instructions on how you install it.

Hmm ... That Flash Puppy mascot ain't look too hot - think it needs some sunshine and fresh air :p

22-03-2005, 02:01 AM
Ive heard Puppy is the one to go for.

Why not install Gentoo? You could do it via a loopback filesystem on WinXP's NTFS/FAT32 filesystem :D

John H
22-03-2005, 10:29 AM
Ive heard Puppy is the one to go for.(snip)

There is a very interesting article in The Press this am about Puppy. I searched The Press website, but there is nothing there from the computer pages - plenty about flower arranging and death and destruction in a Cambodian Noodle House, but nothing on computers...

Here is the website for Puppy: http://www.goosee.com/puppy/

Here is their Mission Statement:
Mission Statement

* Puppy will boot off a minimum PC with 586 CPU and 32M RAM.
* Puppy will easily install to USB, Zip or hard drive media.
* Booting from CD, Puppy will load totally into RAM so that the CD drive is then free for other purposes.
* Booting from USB, Puppy will greatly minimise writes, to extend the life of Flash devices indefinitely.
* Puppy will be extremely friendly for Linux newbies.
* Puppy will boot up and run extraordinarily fast.
* Puppy will have all the applications needed for daily use.
* Puppy will just work, no hassles.

According to The Press article, you only need 128Mb of RAM for the thing to load into RAM!

22-03-2005, 06:54 PM
gutted, it seems that my pc doesnt boot off usb actually none of my pcs at home boot off usb...... there goes that idea :(
thanks for the suggestion guys

John H
22-03-2005, 10:24 PM
I downloaded Puppy Linux today, and it booted my laptop via CD. Only 50Mb, yet it has a surprising amount of software included. You put the CD in a CDRW drive so it can save changes to the CD before you exit.

It did not recognise my trackpad, so I had to plug in a USB mouse, and it picked that up. I haven't had time for a proper play yet, but it looks promising.

Sorry your pc doesn't want to cooperate!

22-03-2005, 11:22 PM
You _can_ make it do that if you're willing to play a little with the Grub BootLoader, it _is_ possible!!!

Fedora supports it out of the box AFAIK