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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Install Fedora to a flash drive using Windows


The following tutorial will show you how to install Fedora 8 or 9 to a USB flash drive using Windows. Fedora is a Linux distribution that is sponsored by Red Hat and is both driven and maintained by the community. It is comprised of only free and open source software and will always remain free to use, modify and redistribute. Recently, Luke Macken and Kushal Das, both active in the Fedora community have put together an intuitive and super easy to use liveusb-creator which can be used to make a Fedora Live USB flash drive. In addition, USB Fedora utilizes a Persistent feature, enabling a user to save and restore changes on subsequent boots. In the following, we will show you how it works.

Prerequisites for Creating a Live USB Fedora:

  • Windows host PC (Tested on Windows XP)
  • 1GB+ USB flash drive
How to install Fedora to a flash drive from Windows:
  1. Download the Fedora
  2. Extract the to your PC
  3. Navigate to the liveusb-creator-2.4 folder and click liveusb-creator.exe to launch the tool
  4. Even though the USB Fedora creation process is straight forward, here is a quick rundown of all the steps involved:
    1. Select either to Use existing Live CD or Download Fedora
    2. Set the Target Device to point to your USB flash drive
    3. Move the Persistent Overlay slider to set the capacity to use for the persistent image
    4. Click Create Live USB to begin the creation process
A nice progress bar will indicate the progress of your USB Fedora creation. Once the process has finished, simply restart your PC and set your System BIOS or Boot Menu to boot from the USB flash drive.
If all goes well, you should now be booting into your own portable Live USB Fedora 8 or 9.

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