WUBI on USB? In the following tutorial, I'll show you how we moved aWUBI Ubuntu install to a USB Flash Drive. This is a followup of our previousmove WUBI to External Hard Drive tutorial as it appears WUBI currently utilizes a different set of features and GRUB2 has replaced GRUB, making the previous tutorial obsolete.
Run the Gentoo 10.1 Live DVD from a USB Flash Drive: The following how to tutorial explains one way to create a Gentoo 10.1 Live USB Flash Drive using Windows, The Gentoo 10.1 Live DVD, and our third party USB Installer for Gentoo. Gentoo is a popular Linux version named after the Gentoo Penguin and was created by Daniel Robbins with a goal to create a smaller portable Linux distribution that only included required programs. Upon completion of this guide, you should have the Gentoo 10.1 DVD running from your USB device.
How to Install Knoppix 6.2 to a USB Flash Drive using Windows and our third party USB Installer for Knoppix 6. Knoppix Linux is a Free Open Source Live Linux compilation created by Klaus Knopper. It features amongst many things automatic hardware detection and a unique persistence feature with encryption capabilities. Knoppix 6 is based on Debian GNU/Linux and utilizes a lightweight LXDE desktop environment.
How to easily Install Linux Mint 8 Helena to USB Flash Drive using Windows. In the following tutorial, we explain how to use Windows and our third party USB Installer to create your own Portable Linux Mint 8 USB Flash Drive. Linux Mint 8 Helena is maintained by Clement Lefebvre and is based on Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala. Amongst many features, Linux Mint offers improved graphical enhancements (some think it looks and feels better than Ubuntu). We think it's simply beautiful!
How to quickly Install RIP Linux to a USB Flash Drive from Windows. RIP Linux (Recovery Is Possible) is a Salckware based distribution created by Kent Robotti. It can be used for system recovery and maintenance. RIP Linux ships packed full of useful tools such as TestDisk (recover deleted partitions), GParted, fdisk, cfdisk, parted (partiton managers), PhotoRec (recover deleted files), ntfsprogs (for managing ntfs filesystems) and much more.
RIP Linux can be booted into an X Window environment or run without a GUI. Both 32bit and 64 bit kernels are available within the same installation.
How to Install SliTaz to a USB Flash Drive using Windows. SliTaz Linux is a tiny and very fast running free operating system that can be run entirely from system memory. Founded by Christian Lincoln, SliTaz is one of the smallest portable Linux distributions available and can be stored and run directly from a USB key or other removable media. The SliTaz team anlong with Cedric Tissieres of Ophcrack have developed their own SliTaz USB installer called tazusb.exe that can be used to create a SliTaz Live USB from within a running Windows environment.
TheLinux Live USB Creator is an awesome tool that can be used to install various Linux compilations, versions and distributions to a USB Flash Drive. The end result is a Bootable Live USB (in some cases with Persistence as well). Created by Thibaut Lauzière, LiLi USB Creatorformerly known as uSbuntu Live Creator, can create your Linux USB Flash Drive from a source Image, ISO or CD. It can also download the IMG or ISO for you. But it doesn't stop there. LiLi USB Creator can also install aPortable Virtualbox on the USB device. You can then either boot the Linux installation from inside Windows emulated using Virtualbox on USB or Boot from USB natively (if your computer supports booting from USB).
How we installed Easy Peasy to a USB Flash Drive using Windows. Easy Peasy is a Remix for Netbooks that is based on Ubuntu. EasyPeasy is an operating system optimized for netbooks. Founded by Jon Ramvi, this Netbook OS offers applications such as Skype, Transmission BitTorrent Client, Pidgin Messenger, Evolution Email, Open Office, and Firefox with Flash, Java and other codecs already installed.
How to Install Clonezilla on a USB Flash Drive from Windows. Clonezilla is a Free partition or disk clone tool similar to Norton Ghost and Partition Image. It can be used to backup (clone) information from media to media. Clonezilla supports remote or local backups to and from an entire disk, image or a partition. Additionally, the tool can be used to restore the remote or local cloned backups. Clonezilla saves and restores only used blocks in the disk, making it very efficient.
How to Boot Multiple ISO from USB and create a Multiboot USB. This is a followup of our previous tutorial Boot ISO from USB. We had many requests come in asking How to Boot various ISO files from USB and I thought we should provide a few more examples. Please note that you will need a large USB device to be able to support every bootable ISO in the menu. I will update and add more bootable ISO files to the list as I find the time to test them. You can also contact us to submit working Bootable ISO entries for inclusion.
BootMyISO In the following tutorial, we will show you How to Boot an ISO from a USB Flash Drive. Syslinux is used to install a MBR to your Flash Drive and make the devices partition active (bootable), GRUB is started via a syslinux.cfg file. Grub then becomes the boot loader for it's CD Emulator. We confirmed this process works by Booting the Memtest86+ ISO,Partition Magic ISO, and we even booted the Ubuntu 9.10 ISO from USB (See MultiBoot USB ISO). I would imagine many Linux ISO would boot and run from the USB device.
How to create a SimplyMEPIS 8 USB Flash Drive using our custom script while running from Windows. MEPIS Linux was founded by Warren Woodford in November 2002. Warren didn't like how current Linuxdesktops worked, so he decided to create his own. The first version was released to the public in May 2003. The SimplyMEPIS 8 version is based on a Debian 5 stable core with a 2.6.27 Linux kernel.
How to Create a SLAX Flash Drive from Windows. In the following tutorial we show you how easy it is to install SLAX Linux to a USB Flash Drive from within Windows. Created by Tomas Matejicek, SLAX is a tiny 200MB Linux distribution. It is essentially a stripped down version of Slackware Linux. SLAX is offered in a compressed tar format for extraction to a USB stick, SLAX Linux does feature the ability add or remove modules on the fly and save your changes persistently for use on subsequent boots.
In the following tutorial, we will show you How to Create a USB PersistentXubuntu 9.10 Flash Drive using Windows and our custom installer script.Xubuntu 9.10, a product of Canonical Ltd is basically Ubuntu with a XFCE desktop GUI. Xubuntu is designed to use less system resources than Ubuntu or Kubuntu, which gives us even more reason to run it from a portable device. Upon completion, you will have a Xubuntu 9.10 Flash Drive that should boot and run on any PC that supports booting from USB.
How to Create a Kubuntu 9.10 Live USB Flash Drive from Windows: Kubuntu is a product of Canonical Ltd that features the KDE desktop environment. In the following tutorial, we show you how we installed Kubuntu 9.10 to a USB Flash Drive using a Windows PC and our custom script to perform the install. Once finished, Kubuntu 9.10 can be booted and run directly from your portable device. This process uses the casper-rw loopback image file to allow you to persistently save changes and restore those changes on subsequent boots.
Create a Ubuntu 9.10 Live USB Flash Drive from Windows: In the following tutorial, we show you how we installed Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala), a product of Canonical Ltd to a USB Flash Drive using a Windows PC to perform the install. Upon completion, Ubuntu 9.10 can be natively booted and then run directly from your portable device. Note that this installation process does utilize the casper-rw loopback image file for persistently saving and restoring changes on subsequent boots.
How to Create a Kiwi USB Key: In the following tutorial, we will explain how to quickly and easily install Kiwi Linux to a USB Flash Drive using Windows. Kiwi Linux is a minimal remix based on Ubuntu that includes Adobe Flash along with audio and video codecs for restricted formats and support for encrypted DVDs. Kiwi is for English, Romanian, and Hungarian speaking users. This Kiwi USB install tutorial does support the persistence feature, enabling you to save and restore most of your changes on subsequent boots.
Pendrivelinux 2009 is a minimal remix based on Debian GNU/Linux. Pendrivelinux 2009 utilizes the KDE Kicker Panel along with coLinux (a port of the Linux Kernel) to allow Pendrivelinux 2009 to run within Windows as a Windows application. Once Pendrivelinux 2009 is launched, a Kicker Panel appears at the top of your Windows desktop. The KDE Kicker Panel provides a means to access and control Pendrivelinux. The rest of your Windows Operating System and desktop environment remain intact. Pendrivelinux 2009 will attempt to auto mount C: drive during startup for local access and sharing.
How to Create a USB Debian Live Flash Drive using Windows and the Ubuntu Win32 Disk Imager (Image Writer for Windows). In the following tutorial, we cover the process of installing Debian Live to a USB Flash Drive from Windows. Debian Live is a continuing project headed by Daniel Baumann, that offers (usb-hdd) Debian Images and ISO's of the Debian Live operating system with the Gnome, KDE, lxde or Xfce desktops.
Sugar on a Stick by sugarlabs.org is a compressed version of Fedora 11 that was created specifically for children as an alternative to the office style desktop. Sugar is essentially a learning platform that promotes collaborative learning through activities that encourage critical thinking. Sugar is currently being used daily in an educational environment by over 1 million children worldwide and is available in 25 languages. Creating your own Sugar on a Stick is relatively straight forward and can be accomplished in just a few clicks by using the Fedora LiveUSB Creator as outlined below.
Persistent Eeebuntu Flash Drive Install tutorial. In the following tutorial, we show you how to use Windows to create a Portable Eeebntu USB Flash Drive using our automated creation script. Eeebuntu is based on Ubuntu but is optimized for the Asus EeePC. More information about Eeebuntu can be found at the Official Eeebuntu site. Upon completion of this tutorial, you should be able to boot from your Eeebuntu Flash Drive on your Asus EeePC or any PC that supports booting from USB.
Note: Using this tutorial, the persistent feature should work just as it does in Ubuntu, allowing you to save and restore most of your changes.
In the following tutorial, I will show you how we created a USB Parted Magic Flash Drive from within Windows. Parted Magic, created by Patrick Verner, is a fully functional operating system that also offers core programs pulled from GParted and Parted that enable a user to easily perform partitioning tasks. Other useful programs offered in Parted Magic include: Partition Image, TestDisk, fdisk, sfdisk, dd, and ddrescue. Usage is well documented and ext2, ext3, ext4, fat16, fat32, hfs, hfs+, jfs, linux-swap, ntfs, reiserfs, reiser4, and xfs formats are supported.
The following tutorial covers the process of installing MooLux Linux LIVE to a USB Flash Drive using Windows. MooLux is a Live USB Linux distribution based on Slackware that utilizes the KDE desktop environment. MooLux is a portable operating system that can be taken with you containing tools for Internet browsing, email, chat, multimedia, office and software for C, Python, Perl programming tasks.
Create a xPUD Persistent USB Flash Drive from Windows. xPUD is an intuitive minimal Linux Operating system. It was created by Penk and functions like a Kiosk. xPUD ships with the Firefox Browser, Gnome Media Player, Transmission Bit torrent Client, Geany Text Editor, Gpicview Picture Viewer, EPDFView and Xterm Terminal Emulator. More apps can be installed for other tasks. xPUD is optimized for Netbooks and can be run from a Desktop or Laptop just as well (drivers are available). The entire xPUD Operating environment can boot in just a few seconds from a USB device.
Create a Moblin USB Flash Drive using Windows: Moblin is a Linux Platform designed for Netbooks, Mobile Internet Devices, and In Vehicle Infotainment Systems. Mobilin now supported by the Linux Foundation, has been tested on Netbooks and devices such as the Acer Aspire One, ASUS EeePC 901 /1000 /1000H, Dell Inspiron 910, MSI Wind, Lenovo S10, Samsung NC10, HP mini 1010 and 1120NR (with wired networking only). Considering that many Netbooks do not use CD Drives, and ship with Windows, having the ability to install and run Moblin from USB is essential.
Create a Ubuntu 9.04 NetBook Remix Flash Drive using Windows. Ubuntu NetBook Remix is a project of Canonical Ltd and they offer their own Ubuntu Image Writer, based on Disk Imager. This tool enables a user to create a Ubuntu NetBook Remix USB Flash Drive from a disk image. ThePortable Ubuntu NetBook operating system can then be run portably from the Flash Drive without installing or installed to your Netbook from the Flash Drive. USB Ubuntu NetBook Remix Flash Drive installation is simple. However, we have created a short tutorial below to offer a heads up on the install.
Create a PUD Linux USB Flash Drive using Windows. In the following tutorial, we cover the process of installing PUD Linux to a USB Flash Drive using Windows and our custom installation script. PUD Linux is a tiny 259MB Ubuntu based remix. It utilizes an (LXDE) Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment and a unique Modular Opt-Get Plugin System to add additional software applications.
Create a CrunchBang Linux USB Flash Drive using Windows. The following tutorial covers the process of installing CrunchBang Linux to a USB Flash Drive. CrunchBang Linux is remix based on Ubuntu, but features a lightweight Openbox window manager with GTK+ applications. CrunchBang was designed with speed and functionality in mind.
UNetbootin is a Live USB creation tool that can be used to create a Live Linux USB flash drive from an ISO. Many Linux distributions are supported out of the box with custom install options available for Linux distributions that are not. It is important to mention that Live Linux USB flash drives created with this tool, do not currently utilize a persistence feature. The resulting USB Linux install will function just as it does from a CD. By default you will not be able to save and restore your changes.
Create a Ophcrack USB Flash Drive: Ophcrack is a free Windows Password Cracker or Windows Login Password Recovery tool that uses rainbow tables to retrieve Windows login passwords from password hashes. The tool is available in two versions (Vista Ophcrack and XP Ophcrack). In the following tutorial, we explain how we created an All In One USB Ophcrack Flash Drive. This bootable flash drive utility can then be used to recover, reveal or crack both Windows XP and Windows Vista login passwords.
This ALL In One version of Pendrivelinux 2008 can be run from a USB thumbdrive either natively (as a stand alone Operating System at boot), or within Windows using qemu emulation. Moreover, the user can save installed software, changes, bookmarks, email, contacts and more automatically via a persistent loop image and then restore those changes upon subsequent qemu or native boots. This is a major breakthrough as the user can now run Pendrivelinux 2008 from a USB device even if the computer cannot natively boot from USB and still save changes persistently to be restored regardless of whether booting natively or from qemu.
Create a Knoppix 5.3.1 USB Flash Drive using Windows. This tutorial shows you how we created a Knoppix 5.3.1 Flash Drive using Windows and our custom script. Knoppix is based on Debian GNU/Linux and includes hundreds of useful applications. Here we will show you how to make your own Portable Knoppix 5.3.1 from the Live DVD. You can then boot your portable version of Knoppix Linux from any PC that fully supports USB boot. Note that you will need a large capacity USB flash drive for this tutorial. We personally used a 16GB OCZ ATV flash drive, however an 8GB flash drive should do fine.
The following tutorial covers the process of creating a CentOS 5 USB flash drive using Windows and the LiveUSB Creator. Once CentOS is installed, it will operate just like the CentOS live cd. A persistence feature is not being utilized in this tutorial so you will NOT be able to save and restore your changes on subsequent boots. A little background info on CentOS; CentOS is an Enterprise class Linux Distribution derived from sources freely provided to the public. This version of Linux is commonly used by many popular web hosting companies as a Linux server platform due to it's extreme stability. We can use the Fedora LiveUSB Creator to install CentOS to a flash drive.
The following tutorial will show you how to create a Fedora 9, 10 or 11 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.
The following tutorial explains how we created a gOS USB Flash Drive using Windows and our conversion script. gOS is a Debian derivative based on Ubuntu with a unique Enlightenment desktop window manager (similar to what is used on Mac OS X 10.5 systems), making gOS a very attractive Linux package. Everex Computers offered at Walmart often ship with this intuitive Operating System pre-installed. Although the GUI takes a little getting used to, we really enjoyed installing and using the latest release of gOS and think you will enjoy running it portably from a USB device as well. It's clean, simple, graphically appealing, elegant and fun to play with.
How to Make a BackTrack Linux Flash Drive using Windows. BackTrack is a Live Linux distribution based on SLAX that is focused purely on penetration testing. Distributed by remote-exploit.org, BackTrack is the successor to Auditor. It comes prepackaged with security tools including network analyzers, password crackers, wireless tools and fuzzers. Although originally designed to Boot from a CD or DVD, BackTrack contains USB installation scripts that make portable installation to a USB device a snap. In the following tutorial, we cover the process of installing BackTrack to a USB flash drive from within a working Windows environment.
The following tutorial will show you how to easily install MCNLive Toronto to a USB flash pen drive in just a few steps from within Windows. By using this tutorial, you don't need to burn the ISO to a CD and then run the installer from Linux. Instead, the user simply runs the batch installer, moves the content from the created folder to the USB flash drive and then launches the makeboot batch file to make the USB device bootable. In addition, the second part of this tutorial explains how to make MCNLive "save all" of your changes to a persistent mcnlive.loop file.
Ophcrack is an open source Windows password cracking utility that uses rainbow tables to find passwords. It can be run from Windows, Linux or Live CD. The following tutorial explains how to install and boot Ophcrack from a portable USB device. Since the Live CD version (running from a SLAX now SliTaz core) is already available, creating USB Ophcrack is similar to converting any other Live Linux CD to USB and now they even offer their own tazusb.exe installer.
USB Damn Small Linux (DSL)? This is a revisit of the Windows DSL USB installation tutorial: "Putting damn small linux on a USB pendrive". Damn Small Linux was created by John Andrews, and is basically a trimmed down version of an early Knoppix build, making it perfect for smaller drives. Based on the 2.4 kernel, DSL is great to use for older and slower computers as well. It will fit and run on portable devices or drives as small as 64MB.
USB Knoppix 5.1? This tutorial covers how to create a Knoppix 5.1.1 Flash Drive using Windows and our custom script. The user can then boot and run Knoppix Linux from a USB Flash Drive. Knoppix is based on Debian GNU/Linux and includes many useful applications such as Abiword, OpenOffice, Gimp, Konqueror, Mozilla, Apache, PHP, MySQL along with hundreds of other Open Source applications. Keep reading and we will show you how to make your own Portable Knoppix that you can then boot from any PC that supports USB boot.
PCLinuxOS is a clean, compact and beautiful Live Linux CD compilation created by Texstar of pclinuxos.com. PCLOS is based on Mandriva Linux and will comfortably fit on a 512MB USB stick. PCLinuxOS is one of our favorite Live Linux distributions. In the following tutorial, we show you how to convert it to run from USB to make for a Portable PCLinuxOS that you can bring with you on a flash drive.
In this simplified USB Ultimate Boot CD walkthrough tutorial, we will demonstrate How To create a USB bootable Ultimate Boot CD (UBCD) Flash Drive using a Windows host PC and our third party USB Installer to create the UBCD Flash Drive. Ultimate Boot CD is an awesome PC diagnostics tool that condenses over 100 useful PC diagnostics and hardware troubleshooting tools into a single easy to use interface.
The following walk-through will illustrate how we installed Feather Linuxto a USB flash pen drive through Windows and then made Feather boot from the USB device. Feather is yet another very small (under 128MB) clean and simple Knoppix Linux remix (based on Debian) that is straight forward and easy to use. The following tutorial covers the process of installing Feather to a USB device using Windows to produce the USB version.
This walk through illustrates how to do a simple install of RUNT linux on a USB Thumb drive and then boot and run it from USB. RUNT Linux is a super super tiny and very basic Linux version and is only recommended for intermediate to advanced Linux users who prefer to do work without using a graphical interface like X. Beware that RUNT by default does not use a GUI. It's a text only based distro.