[CoLoCo] Ubuntu Install ISO to External Hard Drive?

TC telecon at infosyndicate.net
Tue Jul 29 17:14:25 BST 2008

You're welcome.

The isotostick script is extremely useful for testing.

Bootable sticks are nice as well.  I'm working on getting an 8G stick
setup with the latest backtrack.

David Overcash wrote:
> Hey that's an awesome how-to...  thanks for the link I'm definitely
> bookmarking it.
> -David
> On Tue, Jul 29, 2008 at 1:30 AM, Ringo Kamens <2600denver at gmail.com
> <mailto:2600denver at gmail.com>> wrote:
> TC wrote:
>> This is how I set up my pendrives.
>> https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/FromUSBStick
>> Ringo Kamens wrote:
>>> Jim Hutchinson wrote:
>>>> On Mon, Jul 28, 2008 at 11:33 PM, Ringo Kamens
> <2600denver at gmail.com <mailto:2600denver at gmail.com>
>>>> <mailto:2600denver at gmail.com <mailto:2600denver at gmail.com>>> wrote:
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>>>>     I have a friend whose version of XP broke and I convinced
> him to switch
>>>>     to Ubuntu after this most recent crash. The problem is that
> his laptop's
>>>>     CD drive is totally ruined and as a result, I can't boot
> from the Ubuntu
>>>>     CD. I have all the ISOs on my computer, is there a way I can
> copy the
>>>>     data from them onto a partition on my external hard drive
> and boot from
>>>>     that? Any help would be appreciated, as I have to figure
> this out by
>>>>     tomorrow. An Ubuntu install is on the line ; )
>>>> I've never tried this but I think one approach would be to make
> a live
>>>> flash drive (http://www.pendrivelinux.com/) and then boot it and
> install
>>>> that way. One of my students last year put backtrack on a flash
> drive
>>>> and used it for a while. I know I've seen other discussions
> about this
>>>> too but I can't remember where. There may be a page on the wiki. The
>>>> other thing is that the computer will need to have the capability to
>>>> boot from usb. If it's newer it probably does. With dell press
> f12 to
>>>> see the boot options. Other computers will have a similar option.
>>>> --
>>>> Jim (Ubuntu geek extraordinaire)
>>>> ----
>>>> Please avoid sending me Word or PowerPoint attachments.
>>>> See http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/no-word-attachments.html
>>> I googled around for solutions before posting here and
> pendrivelinux did
>>> come up. The problem is that if I make a pen drive from my
> machine, it
>>> will be set up for my hardware, might have my logs or files or
> who knows
>>> what,  and then his computer might not work. Perhaps I'm
>>> mis-understanding the way it works? I thought I might just be
> able to do:
>>> $dd if=/file/ubuntu.iso of=/dev/sdb1
>>> but that didn't work because it wouldn't boot (all the files were
> there!
>>> and the boot flag was set!). Is there something obvious I'm
> missing like
>>> an MBR on the external hard drive? If so, is that jus a partition
> thing
>>> or do I need to use the whole hard drive?
>>> Thanks for your help,
>>> CRK
> Thanks so much! I ended up doing the usbtostick.sh from the link to the
> Wiki you gave me and it worked perfectly! I didn't even have to use the
> whole drive, I just used the first partition on it. YOU ROCK!

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