Originally Posted by yancek
Using that would be the simplest way to install. If you have the Debian Live on a flash drive, there should be a Debian Installer icon on the Desktop to use to begin the install. How did you create this? I notice in your last post that you reference Unetbootin. That is a good way to put a bootable Linux system on a flash drive but from your earlier posts, you seem to already have that??
Thank you for your reply.
I originally had Windows 7 on a hard disk. I installed Yumi multiboot (for windows). I then used the Yumi pgm to install live debian 7 onto a usb.
I am now using the live debian usb to access the internet.
So now I know that a live linux iso can be installed onto a USB without burning a cd (with the aid of a boot loader).
I have looked for the debian installer on the live debian desktop but it isn't there.
I've looked for it under Applications→system tools and Applications→accessories but still can't find it.
But if I go to Applications→system tools→add/remove software, it is indicating that 'debian installer desktop launcher' exists on the OS.
The gnome shell which came with the debian package doesn't load. Also, I think there may be a problem with placing icons on the desktop. Currently, there are no icons on the desktop.
I can use 'apt-get install unetbootin' from the root terminal and open the installer.
However, the unetbootin pgm cannot detect my hard drives. It only detects the usb drive. This is my current problem.
I'm wondering if I need to 'mount' my hard drives, or create partitions in some way, or something else.
I can't reboot the usb after installing unetbootin because the live OS doesn't have persistence. So if I reboot, the unetbootin install will be lost.
I can't believe I'm having problems with both debian installer and unetbootin!