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Cyhaxor 03-09-2009 12:44 PM

Installing Slackware from USB Drive
Hello there,

I've got a little stupid question but, am I able to install linux Slackware 12.2 from a USB drive if I copy the content of the dvd on a USB and set my box to boot-up from usb instead from a DVD drive? I'm asking because I screwed up my dvd drive :p

MS3FGX 03-09-2009 12:48 PM

The Slackware CD/DVD includes a directory called "usb-and-pxe-installers", which has an image you can put onto a USB flash drive to make it bootable.

To make a USB drive that has both the bootable Slackware installer and the DVD images would probably require two partitions. Write the bootable image to the first partition, and then format the second to EXT2/3 and put the DVD files onto it. When the installer boots the first partition you can tell it to read the files from the second partition rather than an optical disc.

Cyhaxor 03-09-2009 01:05 PM

In other words I'll take the usb, create 2 partitions on it, one fat32 for the "usb-and-pxe-installers" image and another partition on the same USB with EXT3 with the files of the DVD and then tell the installer to read from the EXT3 partition the files. Right? Sorry for being a bit stupid but I have a lot of work with the university and I don't want to lose time for the installation if I get something wrong :)

MS3FGX 03-09-2009 05:53 PM

You don't need to format the first partition, the image from the DVD is going to overwrite whatever is on there anyway. Just make sure the first partition is large enough (the image is ~30 MB or so), and it will go right in.

Cyhaxor 03-23-2009 09:45 PM

hello again,

I've put the usb loader of the dvd on a flash drive and the content of the dvd on another USB HDD in an EXT3 partition. Then I instruct my pc to boot from the flash drive with the boot image but it doesn't seem to work. It seems that the pc doesn't follow the instructions and it's loading windows normally. Any ideas?

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