Sunday, October 26, 2008

Installing Fedora To A USB Flash Drive Using Fedora Live USB Creator

Have you ever wanted to install an Operating System onto a USB Flash drive and be able to boot from it on a different computer but thought that it looked complicated and heard that it didn't work very well? There is a Tool that makes the process to do this very simple and easy to do and it is called Fedora LiveUSB Creator. This little program makes installing Fedora to your USB device very simple.

To start off you will need to download the tool from their website here:

When you download it if you are using windows it will be in a .zip file so what you will need to do is right click and select Extract All this will now create a new folder in the same place where you downloaded it to. Now open up that folder and you will see a file called liveusb-creator.exe now just double click it to start-up the program. This should now open up a little window like the one shown below.

Fedora LiveUSB Creator main screen

Now there are some options in the window that you can choose from. You can choose to hit Browse if you have already downloaded the iso image your self and you can then navigate to it and select to install from that. You can also choose a install you want from the drop down menu (which is the more common option to use).

The drop down menu with all of the
different options for different installs

I am going to choose the Fedora 9 KDE (i686) because i really like the look of KDE and I'm not going to be running my USB on a 64-bit OS. You can choose whichever you prefer.

Target Device section

Now moving on to the portion that says Target Device this is going to be the device that the program will install your Operating System to. So you will want to make sure you have the right device chosen that you will want to be doing the install onto.

Persistent Storage section

Now to the Persistent Storage section. You would use this if you would like to save things to your USB drive. If so then you will need to allocate how much space you will want to use for storage. I will be leaving mine at 0 for this install but you may want to save files and settings so I would recoment using at least some space for storage.

Now if you have all of your settings correct you can now hit the Create Live USB button at the bottom. Now you can just sit back and watch your USB Device be turned into a portable operating system (this process may take a while if you have to download the image time will vary depending on your connection speed).

The installation process

This will take some time so you may want to go do something while you are waiting. The time it takes to finish will depend on if you have downloaded your image already and what your connection speed is.

Finished Successfully

Now to boot into you new Fedora install you will need to change your BIOS settings to boot from a USB device before the hard drive (you may want to check and see if your BIOS supports booting for USB devices first before you go through with the install). Now you are done so go have some fun with you new portable operating system on a USB device.

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