How can I install and boot an operating system from a USB drive?
Question by MerVzter Balacuit /

I don’t know if the answer to my question really exists, but I really wanted to know if there is any. I’m thinking of running any OS specifically Linux distro on a USB drive BUT not on booting it like typical process (restart computer – set in BIOS – boot USB). What I wanted to say is making a USB drive as my virtual machine.

Just like configuring the USB drive using some software and then you can just plug the USB to another machine then it will execute the OS installed on the USB drive or something like that. Maybe it’s a very confusing question, but hope some people think like me and can understand it.

Tank you!

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Answers (17)
  • Prasanth Mathialagan

    Try Windows USB DVD tool.

  • Abba Jee

    go to http://www.pendrivelinux.com
    download yumi latest version
    run it on your computer
    download ISO o os from it or just select from there if you have it on your local disk
    chose your usb drive
    click create and relax untill its done your job :)
    then restart your computer
    from bios change your booting device to usb device
    i guess that;s all

  • Mahesh Kay

    There is one small app called unetbootin. Just use that application along with the specific linux OS of your choice to install linux on the USB drive. It works just fine and you don’t have to worry about things. I used unetbootin for some of my small size flashdrives to work -under 512mb it was used for the puppylinux.

  • Aswin Kumar K P

    You should use Universal USB installer choose the location of your ISO and then choose the distro which you want to install and then its all done….You need to format it as FAT 32 or FAT 16 file format before you do this….

  • Adam Campbell

    install virtual box on drive along with having the rest of the OS files on the drive

  • MerVzter Balacuit

    guys i want to say thank you for all your help… i tried making a bootable OS in any usb drive, but i guess sir Vasudevan M with his explanation he gave me the idea of what im really wanted to make, i will check all of your links later on, if this is not like sir Vasudevan M idea im still thankful for it becos your trying to help me.. anyway im using YUMI and SARDU :)

  • Manu Jain

    Use this link and you can make live USB for any linux based distro

    http://help.jolicloud.com/entries/248355#linux

  • Saurav Azad

    if you are trying to built an usb bootable for windows 7 you can download
    the software from Microsoft site
    http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/html/pbPage.Help_Win7_usbdvd_dwnTool
    or go and search on sourceforge.net
    or http://www.pendrivelinux.com/category/virtual-machine/

  • Dave Rimmer

    You should be able to do what you require from the answers given so give it a go and post back if any problems.

  • Gravity Dead

    yeah the “ha14″ and “patrcik jackson” comment are much more than sufficient :D

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