Flash drive installs using Windows Category
How to Make an exFAT Bootable USB flash drive. First we will format the USB with multiple partitions. Install Grub2, and then boot. This method works for both Legacy BIOS and EFI booting. UEFI boot requires the creation of a Fat/Fat32 partition, which is covered in this segment.
How to Install Grub2 on USB from Windows. The following covers the process of installing Grub2 on a USB Flash Drive from within Windows. We will be using the grub-install.exe that ships with the grub-for-windows zip file. Upon completion of these bootloader instructions, your USB flash drive should be Grub2 bootable from UEFI or BIOS on all computer systems.
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Create an Ubuntu Live USB Flash Drive from within 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 successfully run Ubuntu directly from your Flash Drive just as you could from a Live CD. Here we will also utilize the Ubuntu casper-rw feature via this installation method. So you can rest assured that you will still be able to persistently save and restore your changes on subsequent boots.
Create a xPUD Persistent USB Flash Drive from Windows. xPUD is an intuitive minimal Linux Operating system. It was created by Penk and functions like a Kiosk. xPUD ships with the Firefox Browser, Gnome Media Player, Transmission Bit torrent Client, Geany Text Editor, Gpicview Picture Viewer, EPDFView and Xterm Terminal Emulator. More apps can be installed for other tasks. xPUD is optimized for Netbooks and can be run from a Desktop or Laptop just as well (drivers are available). The entire xPUD Operating environment can boot in just a few seconds from a USB device.
USB Damn Small Linux (DSL)? This is a revisit of the Windows DSL USB installation tutorial: “Putting damn small linux on a USB pendrive”. Damn Small Linux was created by John Andrews, and is basically a trimmed down version of an early Knoppix build, making it perfect for smaller drives. Based on the 2.4 kernel, DSL is great to use for older and slower computers as well. It will fit and run on portable devices or drives as small as 64MB.
In the following tutorial, I will show you how we created a USB Parted Magic Flash Drive from within Windows. Parted Magic, created by Patrick Verner, is a fully functional operating system that also offers core programs pulled from GParted and Parted that enable a user to easily perform partitioning tasks. Other useful programs offered in Parted Magic include: Partition Image, TestDisk, fdisk, sfdisk, dd, and ddrescue. Usage is well documented and ext2, ext3, ext4, fat16, fat32, hfs, hfs+, jfs, linux-swap, ntfs, reiserfs, reiser4, and xfs formats are supported.
How to Install Knoppix to a USB Flash Drive using Windows and YUMI. Knoppix Linux is another awesome Free and Open Source Live Linux compilation. It was created by Klaus Knopper. Aside from the basic software essentials, it also packs several unique features. Such as a screen reader for the blind. Automatic hardware detection. And last but not least, a persistence feature with encryption capabilities. This persistent option can be used to save and restore your changes on subsequent boots. It is based on Debian GNU/Linux and utilizes a lightweight LXDE desktop environment.
How to easily install and then run DBAN from a flash drive. In the following tutorial, we show you how we created a DBAN bootable USB flash drive from Windows using YUMI. 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. By following along, you should end up able to boot and run DBAN from a USB device.
In the following section, I will show you how we installed Puppy Arcade to a USB Flash Drive using Windows. Puppy Arcade (created by Scott Jarvis), is a remix of Puppy Linux with a strong focus on Console Game Emulation. It includes some of the most popular Console Game Emulation software available for Linux. Of course you will still need to supply your own game ROMS.
Some of the 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.
Run GParted from a USB Flash Drive using Windows 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.
PCLinuxOS is a clean, compact and beautiful Live Linux CD compilation created and headed by Texstar. PCLOS was originally based on Mandriva Linux and could comfortably fit on just about any flash drive. Back in the day, the MiniMe version was one of my favorite Live Linux distributions, taking up less than 512MB of space. In the following tutorial, I’ll cover how to run this distribution from a USB device. Upon completion, you should end up with a USB Bootable PCLinuxOS operating system that you can bring with you on a flash drive.
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 YUMI. 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 lightweight and small. Weighing in at only 128MB.
Create an Xubuntu Live USB Flash Drive with Windows: In the following tutorial, we show you a simple method to put Xubuntu on a Flash Drive using Windows and the YUMI USB Boot creation software. Xubuntu, a product of Canonical Ltd, is essentially a fork of Ubuntu that utilizes the XFCE desktop environment instead of Gnome.
Put Kubuntu on a USB Flash Drive using Windows: Kubuntu is a fork of Ubuntu, offered by Canonical Ltd. It utilizes a KDE desktop environment. KDE is often preferred over Gnome for its visual appearance and Windows familiar functionality. Once finished, your Flash Drive will act as a Live Bootable USB, that could be used in place of the Live CD. A persistent file can optionally be created for saving and restoring changes on subsequent reboots.
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 to a USB Flash Drive from within Windows using the Universal USB Installer.
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How To Create a USB Bootable Ultimate Boot CD (UBCD) Flash Drive from Windows using YUMI. Ultimate Boot CD is an awesome popular PC diagnostics tool. It condenses over 100 useful PC diagnostics and hardware troubleshooting software utilities into a single ISO. Included are popular utilities such as BIOS and CPU Tools, Memory Testers, Data Backup and Recovery Software, Diagnostic Tools and more. Each tool can be quickly launched from the UBCD Menu. Further eliminating a need for separate installs of each included tool.
Create a USB Bootable Sugar on a Stick Flash Drive; Sugar on a Stick by sugarlabs.org is a compressed version of Fedora. It was created specifically for children as an alternative to the office style desktop. It is essentially a learning platform that promotes collaborative learning through activities that encourage critical thinking. Sugar is used daily in an educational environment by millions of children worldwide and is available in several languages.
Creating your own Bootable USB is relatively straight forward and can easily be accomplished with just a few clicks by using YUMI.
Creating a USB Bootable RUNT Linux; This walk through illustrates how to install, boot, and run RUNT Linux from a USB flash drive. RUNT is a super super tiny and very basic Linux distro. It is recommended for intermediate to advanced users who prefer to do work without using a graphical interface like X. Beware that by default it does not feature a GUI, it uses a text only based interface.
Create a USB Bootable RIP Linux Flash Drive using YUMI from within Windows. RIP Linux (Recovery Is Possible) is a Salckware based distribution created by Kent Robotti. It can be used for system recovery and maintenance. This Linux Operating System 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. Boot into an X Window environment or run without a GUI. Both 32bit and 64 bit kernels are available within the same distribution.
The following walk-through illustrates how to install, boot, and run Feather Linux from a USB flash drive using the Universal USB Installer. Feather is yet another very small (under 128MB) clean and simple Knoppix Linux remix (based on Debian). This simple Linux distribution is relatively straight forward and super easy to use.
Creating a Live USB Bootable Ubuntu Server Edition using YUMI from Windows. The following process covers one way to Install, Boot and Run Ubuntu Server Edition from a Flash Drive. Upon completion, you can then use the portable version to Run Ubuntu Server Edition Live or install to an internal Hard Drive. This is very useful if your computer does not have a CD/DVD Drive, but can boot from a USB device.
This simple tutorial explains how to put Mandriva on a USB Flash Drive from within a running Windows environment by using YUMI. Once the Mandriva ISO is installed, the resulting Bootable USB Flash Drive can be used to try out OpenMandriva Live on USB, and or to install OpenMandriva from the Flash Drive to your internal Hard Drive. Instead of using a traditional CD/DVD ROM.
How to Make a USB Bootable KALI Linux Flash Drive using YUMI from within Windows. Backtrack was a Live Linux distribution that was originally based on SLAX. It was designed to be a distribution focused purely on penetration testing. As a result, it comes prepackaged with security tools including network analyzers, password crackers, wireless tools and fuzzers. The following tutorial covers the process of running KALI from a USB flash drive.
Put System Rescue CD on a USB Flash Drive using Windows. System Rescue CD is a Gentoo based Linux System Rescue Disk. More specifically it can be used for repairing a computer or recovering data after a crash. The distribution includes popular utilites such as GNU Parted, GParted, Partimage, ddrescue, FSArchiver, File system tools, NTFS-3g, sfdisk, Test-disk, memtest, network tools. The following process outlines one way to quickly create your very own System Rescue USB from the ISO using Windows and YUMI to complete the task.
Run Linux Mint from a Flash Drive. In the following tutorial, we cover one way to use YUMI to create your own Portable version of this distribution from within Windows. Headed by Clement Lefebvre, this distribution is based upon Ubuntu or Debian (depending on the version). Key features include a new software manager, new backup tool, streamlined look and feel, and quicker boot times.