Flash drive installs using Windows Category
Creating a DOS Bootable USB Flash drive to "Boot DOS from USB", is not very complicated. However, a tool called Rufus, created by Pete Batard, can make this task simple. Rufus can also be used to create a Bootable USB version of a given distro from an ISO File. Rufus is similar in appearance and operation to the HP USB Format tool "HPUSBFW.exe", and shares many of the same features. However, Rufus is Open Source.
NOTE: This post was written in 2011. Rufus has since evolved into a tool that can be used to install many different distributions to USB.
This simple tutorial explains how to put Mandriva 2010 on a USB Flash Drive from within Windows via the Seed tool created and supported by Mandriva. If a Mandriva One 2010 ISO is installed, the resulting USB Flash Drive can be used to try out a Live USB Mandriva, and or to Install Mandriva from USB to your Hard Drive, instead of using the CD/DVD. All recent Mandriva ISOs from Free to One are hybrids, meaning that they can be copied to the flash drive using the Seed tool.
Easily put Bitdefender Rescue CD on a USB Flash Drive: Bitdefender Rescue CD is a free bootable anti virus scanner created by Bitdefender and based on the Knoppix Linux Operating System. It can be used to independently scan your computer for viruses, and then remove those threats if necessary. In the following section, we show you one way to quickly put Bitdefender Rescue CD on a USB Flash Drive by using our Universal USB Installer from Windows.
Put Lucid Puppy on a USB Flash Drive in Windows. In the following section I will show you one way to put Lucid Puppy "Lupu" on a USB Flash Drive from within Windows by using our Universal USB Installer. Lucid Puppy, coordinated by Barry Kauler is made from a combination of Woof and Canonical's Ubuntu Lucid Lynx release. Although cram packed with popular features, this Linux distribution remains small, weighing in at only 128MB.
Run GParted from a USB Flash Drive using Windows and our Universal USB Installer to complete the task. GParted is a popular graphical partition editor headed by Curtis Gedak. This powerful tool that can be used to create, reorganize, and or delete disk partitions. Other Key features include the ability to create multiple partitions, enable or disable the boot flag, Resize a partition, format, and much more. GParted supports ext2/ext3/ext4, FAT16/FAT32, hfs/hfs+, linux-swap, NTFS, reiserfs/4, ufs, xfs file systems. And can also detect RAID devices.
Put System Rescue CD 1.5.4 on a USB Flash Drive using Windows. System Rescue CD is a Gentoo based Linux System Rescue Disk that can be used to for repairing a computer and recovering data after a crash. Key features and tools include GNU Parted, GParted, Partimage, ddrescue, FSArchiver, File system tools, Ntfs3g, sfdisk, Test-disk, memtest, network tools and more. The following process outlines one way to quickly create your very own System Rescue USB from the ISO using Windows and our Universal USB Installer to complete the task.
Run Linux Mint 9 from a USB Flash Drive by using Windows to create the Linux Mint 9 Live USB. In the following tutorial, we cover one way to use our third party Universal USB Installer to create your own Portable Linux Mint 9 USB Flash Drive from Windows. Headed by Clement Lefebvre, Linux Mint 9 "Isadorais" is based on Ubuntu 10.04. Key features include; new software manager, new backup tool, streamlined look and feel, quicker boot times and much more.
How to Put Lubuntu on a Flash Drive using Windows: Lubuntu is essentially Ubuntu with an LXDE desktop environment. LXDE is a lightweight X11 desktop environment that is optimal for netbooks and older or slower computers because requires less Processing Power and RAM. In the following, I'll show you how to install Lubuntu 10.04 or 10.10 to a USB Flash Drive from Windows using our Universal USB Installer.
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Put Kubuntu on a Flash Drive using Windows: Kubuntu is a fork of Ubuntu, offered by Canonical Ltd, that utilizes a KDE desktop environment. KDE is often preferred over Gnome for its visual appearance and Windows familiar functionality. In the following tutorial, we cover a simple way to install Kubuntu 10.04 "Lucid Lynx" or Kubuntu 10.10 " Maverick Meerkat" to a USB Flash Drive using Windows and our Universal USB Installer. Once finished, your Flash Drive will act as a Live Kubuntu USB, that could be used in place of a Live CD (Persistence is optional).
Create an Xubuntu Live USB Flash Drive with Windows: In the following tutorial, we show you a simple method to put Xubuntu 10.04 "Lucid Lynx" or Xubuntu 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat" on a Flash Drive using Windows and our Universal USB Installer. Xubuntu, a product of Canonical Ltd, is essentially a fork of Ubuntu that utilizes the XFCE desktop environment instead of Gnome.
Create a Ubuntu NetBook Remix Flash Drive using Windows. Ubuntu NetBook Remix (UNR) is a NetBook oriented Linux Distribution created by Canonical Ltd and based on Ubuntu. By installing UNR to a Thumb Drive, your Live Portable Ubuntu NetBook operating system can then be run directly from the Flash Drive or installed to your Netbook Hard Drive using the same USB Device.
Create an Ubuntu Live USB Flash Drive from Windows: In the following tutorial, we show you an easy way to put Ubuntu on a USB Flash Drive using Windows. Once finished, you should be able to run Ubuntu directly from your Flash Drive, just as it does from a Live CD. Ubuntu's casper-rw feature is also utilized for persistently saving and restoring your changes on subsequent boots.
Run Wolvix from a USB Flash Drive: In the following section, I will show you one way to quickly install Wolvix to a USB Flash Drive from Windows using our Universal USB Installer. Wolvix is a Linux distribution created by Kenneth 'Wolven' Granerud. It is based on Slackware and the Linux Live scripts from (SLAX). It utilizes an Xfce desktop environment and comes packed with a multitude of development, graphics, multimedia, network and office applications.
Run DBAN from a Flash Drive: In the following tutorial, we show you how we created a DBAN USB Flash Drive from Windows using our third party Universal USB Installer. Darik's Boot and Nuke (DBAN) is a simple bootable data destruction tool created by Darik Horn. It can be used to securely wipe an entire hard drive or an attached external disk (IDE or SCSI), completely deleting all contents of the disk. Upon completion, you should be able to run DBAN from your USB device.
In the following section, I will show you how we installed Puppy Arcade to a USB Flash Drive using Windows and our Universal USB Installer. Puppy Arcade (created by Scott Jarvis), is a remix of Puppy Linux with a strong focus on Console Game Emulation. Puppy Arcade includes some of the most popular Console Game Emulation software available for Linux. Of course you will need to supply your own game ROMS.
Console Game Systems that can be emulated include: Amiga, Atari, Amstrad, Arcade Machines, Colecovision, Commodore (64/128/VIC20/PET), GameBoys (GB, GBC, GBA), GameGear, Genesis, MasterSystem, MS DOS, NeoGeo, NeoGeo CD, NES/Famicom, PC Engine/TurboGrafix 16, PSX, Scumm, SNES and ZX Spectrum.
YlmF OS is a Windows like Linux Operating System based on Ubuntu. It has been themed by its creator to look just like Windows and at first glance it is hard to tell the difference (but it does use unique images and icons). In the following tutorial, we show you how we created a Live YlmF USB Flash Drive from Windows using our third party Universal USB Installer. Upon completion, you should be able to run YlmF OS from your USB device, saving changes persistently on subsequent boots.
Create a Ubuntu Server Edition USB Installer from Windows: The following process covers one way to put Ubuntu Server Edition Installer on a USB Flash Drive using a Windows PC and our third party Universal USB Installer to create the drive. Upon completion, you can use your Flash Drive to install Ubuntu Server Edition on a computer that can boot from a USB device. Very useful if your PC does not have a CD/DVD Drive.
Create a Ubuntu Rescue Remix Live USB Flash Drive from Windows: The following tutorial covers one method of installing and running (URR) Ubuntu Rescue Remix 9.10 or 10.04 to a USB Flash Drive using a Windows PC and our Universal USB Installer to perform the install. Upon completion, Ubuntu Rescue Remix can be run from a USB Flash Drive.
Created and maintained by Andrew Zajac, URR is a Linux system providing data recovery specialists with a command-line interface, equipped with the best free-libre, open source data recovery and forensics tools available.
WUBI on USB? In the following tutorial, I'll show you how we moved a WUBI Ubuntu install to a USB Flash Drive. This is a followup of our previous move WUBI to External Hard Drive tutorial as it appears WUBI currently utilizes a different set of features and GRUB2 has replaced GRUB, making the previous tutorial obsolete.
Run the Gentoo 10.1 Live DVD from a USB Flash Drive: The following how to tutorial explains one way to create a Gentoo 10.1 Live USB Flash Drive using Windows, The Gentoo 10.1 Live DVD, and our third party Universal USB Installer. Gentoo is a popular Linux version named after the Gentoo Penguin and was created by Daniel Robbins with a goal to create a smaller portable Linux distribution that only included required programs. Upon completion of this guide, you should have the Gentoo 10.1 DVD running from your USB device.
How to Install Knoppix to a USB Flash Drive using Windows and our third party Universal USB Installer. Knoppix Linux is a Free Open Source Live Linux compilation created by Klaus Knopper. It features amongst many things automatic hardware detection and a unique persistence feature with encryption capabilities. Knoppix is based on Debian GNU/Linux and utilizes a lightweight LXDE desktop environment.
How to quickly Install RIP Linux to a USB Flash Drive from Windows. RIP Linux (Recovery Is Possible) is a Salckware based distribution created by Kent Robotti. It can be used for system recovery and maintenance. RIP Linux ships packed full of useful tools such as TestDisk (recover deleted partitions), GParted, fdisk, cfdisk, parted (partiton managers), PhotoRec (recover deleted files), ntfsprogs (for managing ntfs filesystems) and much more.
RIP Linux can be booted into an X Window environment or run without a GUI. Both 32bit and 64 bit kernels are available within the same installation.
How to Install SliTaz to a USB Flash Drive using Windows. SliTaz Linux is a tiny and very fast running free operating system that can be run entirely from system memory. Founded by Christian Lincoln, SliTaz is one of the smallest portable Linux distributions available and can be stored and run directly from a USB key or other removable media. The SliTaz team anlong with Cedric Tissieres of Ophcrack have developed their own SliTaz USB installer called tazusb.exe that can be used to create a SliTaz Live USB from within a running Windows environment.
How we installed Easy Peasy to a USB Flash Drive using Windows. Easy Peasy is a Remix for Netbooks that is based on Ubuntu. EasyPeasy is an operating system optimized for netbooks. Founded by Jon Ramvi, this Netbook OS offers applications such as Skype, Transmission BitTorrent Client, Pidgin Messenger, Evolution Email, Open Office, and Firefox with Flash, Java and other codecs already installed.
How to Install Clonezilla on a USB Flash Drive from Windows. Clonezilla is a Free partition or disk clone tool similar to Norton Ghost and Partition Image. It can be used to backup (clone) information from media to media. Clonezilla supports remote or local backups to and from an entire disk, image or a partition. Additionally, the tool can be used to restore the remote or local cloned backups. Clonezilla saves and restores only used blocks in the disk, making it very efficient.