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Old 08-07-2007, 08:46 PM   #1
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Question Install from a USB hard drive?

Is it possible to copy Linux (Freespire) install files onto a external USB hard drive, and then install them onto a internal hard drive? If so could someone give me step-by-step instructions, or refer me to a guide of some sort?
Old 08-08-2007, 03:32 AM   #2
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you need to "burn" the cd image to your pen drive. how do you do this? i dont think you can but you can instead use some kind of iso extractor software to extract the files from the iso image and upload them to your pen drive which is pretty much what burning an iso image to a cd does. from there its as simple as setting your bios to boot from your usb port.

If there are multiple discs for freespire then im not sure what the case will be here, whether you can extract the discs and put them all onto one pen drive. I recall i tried something similar with Fedore Core 4, installing several cd images onto 1 dvd (i couldnt get the dvd iso to work for some reason). when it says insert cd 2 i just openned and closed the cd tray. cant remember to be honest but i think that worked ok.

I know that Damn Small Linux has a usb installer which works for DSL only. Have you tried searching the freespire forums or FAQ for something similar? just search for the word USB
Old 08-08-2007, 06:52 PM   #3
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actually i never did search their forums, but i'll look around for something similar. i know you can use winrar to extract files from iso files, im just not sure about how to boot from the USB drive.
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One and a half hurdle here

(half hurdle) 95% of the Live CDs are booted by isolinux that is to iso9660 standard as used in a CD rom. If the iso is expanded into a hard disk or flash drive a different boot loader has to be used. Generally Grub can replace isolinux. This is just a challenge to someone who know little about both boot loaders and may have a job to do the conversion from one to another.

(full hurdle) Many Live CD installer or start-up programs may have been written to fetch files from the CD drives. Without the iso in the CD media you may never be able to persuade it to get files from the hard disk. About 60% of the distro CD I come across behave like this. I think Freespire is one of them too but I haven't tried it recently.

If you bother to transfer the iso into a USB hard disk why not install it there?

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