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Using a USB device as a Fedora install media or live USB

>> 11 November 2011

It's hard to imagine, that creating an install media on a USB devie or use it as a live USB is as easy as burning an Iso image, for this reason i decided to spread the word and share the excellent information in this post on fedora project's wiki. How to create and use live USB

This tutor describe the creation of a USB Fedora 16 install media.

You may loose your data!!!
All operation mentioned in this tutor are destructive.

  • Backup your data
  • Double check and verify twice the destination partition's name

All what you need is a USB stick and an iso image downloaded from fedoraproject web site. With the following method, you can create an install media or a live USB.

1. Begin by installing a program called livecd-tools.

$ su -c “yum install livecd-tools”

2-Umount your USB device

3-Create a partition on the USB stick, of type fat 16 and make this partition bootable (if this is not already done)

4-Using livecd-tools, copy the .iso image to the USB device, using format option

$ su -c “livecd-iso-to-disk --format --reset-mbr path_to_iso_image /dev/partition_name_on_USB"

   I used first livecd-tools without format option (I formatted before) and my
   PC refused to boot from the USB

 5-This needs some processing time. At the end a message is displayed to say that your USB device is ready.

Enjoy installing or trying Fedora


pingou November 11, 2011 at 6:06 PM  

To be honest I always use liveusb-creator to create my live-USB, work nice and smoothly :-)

Anonymous,  November 11, 2011 at 9:52 PM  

Never tried this before.
I usually just use dd to create a liveusb.

mx November 12, 2011 at 9:01 AM  

Sorry ! Bad my english i use google translate !
Item 3 with an error!

Fdisk new default layout makes a pass at the beginning of 1mb empty space (for GPT / UEFI), which can not sootvetsvovat
Top sectors for a BIOS flash (start in 2048!). As a result, many old computers are not quite see this flash drive!

To make the formatting you want to use cfdisk!

This is true for computers without UEFI (GPT).

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