Booting from 8GB USB flash memory sticks? (was RE: [lug] Next Install Fest)

Hugh Brown hugh at
Wed Jan 10 14:19:59 MST 2007

On Wed, 10 Jan 2007, Stephen Queen wrote:

> On 1/10/07, siegfried <siegfried at> wrote:
> >
> > I just had another thought: I've been google searching for the procedure to
> > boot from a USB flash memory stick. I think this would be an extremely
> > useful thing to do. Does anyone know how to do this? I have a few links I'm
> > currently reading up on that I have found by google searching and posting
> > queries in forums. Someone in some forum explained that FC6 requires 7GB. I
> > just found some 8GB flash memory USB sticks for $100. 16GB and 32GB sticks
> > are available for more $.
> >
> > Would this be a topic for a monthly meeting or an install fest? Has anyone
> > done this? I would love to have a meeting where we have a presentation on
> > booting from a USB memory stick followed by a laboratory exercise where we
> > all configure our computers to boot from our own flash memory sticks.
> >
> > Siegfried
> >
> I got grub to load from the MBR of a 1 GB stick once. I didn't have a
> kernel or anything for it to boot, I was just playing.
> I have loaded linux on a 20 GB USB Hard Drive for some people at work,
> that didn't want to modify there company supplied laptops, but were
> interested in running linux. It is a fairly simple process. Most of it
> involves either configuring initrd to load the correct drivers and
> then doing the pivot-root correctly, or maybe just compiling the
> kernel with the drivers. I haven't tried the 2nd method so I don't
> know how well it works.

The other gotcha is that the BIOS of the box you boot has to support
booting from USB and it has to be enabled (which might be a problem if you
don't own the box).


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