Howto to install and boot Debian Linux from an USB device

Posted on in Categories Debian Linux, Howto, Tips last updated October 9, 2006

There are different methods to create an installation boot disk under Linux. Bootable floppy disks are generally used as a last resort to boot the installer on hardware that cannot boot from CD or by other means such as a BIOS limitation.

Here is a very short (but in my opinion very useful) how-to for creating an USB boot device, which enables you to boot Debian Linux from your memory stick or USB pen.

We are assuming that your USB device is indicated by /dev/sda, and that you are interested in Debian stable (other distributions are untested, but should work).

If you are a new to USB pen under Linux, read this mini-how-to which explains how to use USB pen/flash stick.

Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. He has worked with global clients and in various industries, including IT, education, defense and space research, and the nonprofit sector. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+.

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