Install Puppy Linux to a Flash Drive using the CD

In this simple USB Puppy Linux tutorial we illustrate how to easily Create a Puppy Linux USB Flash Drive using the Universal installer included on the Puppy Linux CD. Puppy is a unique Linux compilation created by Barry Kauler. It is super small, yet contains many useful tools and utilities. Most versions of Puppy Linux will fit on a 256MB USB stick. Making it great to install to those older tiny thumb drives you might have sitting around.

Puppy Linux Desktop Screenshot

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Distribution Home Page: puppylinux.org

Minimum Flash Drive Capacity: 128MB

Persistent Feature: Yes

What you need to create a Portable Puppy Flash Drive

  • 256MB or larger USB Stick
  • PC with a CD reader/burner
  • Puppy ISO and a blank disk

USB Puppy Flash Drive Installation process

Puppy Linux contains it's own Universal Installer so installation is fairly straightforward.

    1. Download Puppy linux ISO and burn the ISO to CD.
    2. Start your computer via the Puppy CD.
    3. Once Puppy has loaded, from the Taskbar, Click: Start > Setup > Puppy universal installer

Puppy Linux USB Install

  1. Follow the onscreen instructions which will walk you through the Puppy USB installation process
  2. When finished with the Puppy USB install, reboot your PC and go into system BIOS to change your boot order to boot from the USB device
  3. Save your settings and reboot your PC to enjoy running Puppy Linux from USB
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