Install Knoppix 5.3.1 to a Flash Drive using Windows

Create a Knoppix 5.3.1 USB Flash Drive using Windows. This tutorial shows you how we created a Knoppix 5.3.1 Flash Drive using Windows and our custom script. Knoppix is based on Debian GNU/Linux and includes hundreds of useful applications. Here we will show you how to make your own Portable Knoppix 5.3.1 from the Live DVD. You can then boot your portable version of Knoppix Linux from any PC that fully supports USB boot. Note that you will need a large capacity USB flash drive for this tutorial. We personally used a 16GB OCZ ATV flash drive, however an 8GB flash drive should do fine.

Screenshot of Knoppix 5.3.1 running portably from USB:

USB Knoppix 5.3.1 Screenshot

You’ll need the following to create a Portable Knoppix:

  • 8GB or Larger USB Flash Drive
  • Windows PC to perform the conversion
  • Knoppix Linux ISO
  • Universal USB Installer

How to create a Knoppix USB Flash Drive in Windows:

  1. Download the Knoppix Linux ISO
  2. Download the Universal USB Installer and choose to install KNOPPIX from the drop list.
  3. Reboot your PC and set your system BIOS or Boot Menu to boot from the USB device, save your changes and reboot.

Upon reboot, you should have a successful launch of Knoppix from your USB memory stick.

Persistence Feature: To enable the persistence feature, you will need to use a second USB flash drive to store the persistent image. After creating the image, you can move it back to the bootable Knoppix flashdrive and save your changes on the same device your booting from. Here is the tutorial for Creating a Persistent Knoppix Image.

Enjoy! ;)