How can I boot Linux Live from a USB partition?

farhad2161 January 8, 2011
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Is it possible to boot a Linux Live, for example backtrack, from a NTFS partition in cool disk? All applications that I found worked only with FAT32. :(

  1. Mike
    January 9, 2011 at 1:30 am

    Since Linux requires a driver to read and write to NTFS (eg. ntfs-3g) it is not possible boot from it by default. The Kernel wouldn't be able to access the file system during boot.

    There are a few projects trying to solve the problem, for example:
    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/install.exe/Prototype
    http://goodbye-microsoft.com/
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/linux-ntfs/

    The easiest way to boot your preferred Linux Distro is to reformat the USB Stick (Warning: all data may be erased) Here are two tools which may help you:
    http://launchpad.net/win32-image-writer
    http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/