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Gnome boxes, How to boot from USB drive?

asked 2015-03-23 06:27:41 -0600

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Is there a way to boot from a physical USB drive inside Gnome Boxes?

I have a USB with a Live System (Fedora 21, Sugar Spin), not an image, and I want to boot from it within a Gnome Boxes virtual machine.

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answered 2015-03-23 21:13:54 -0600

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updated 2015-03-23 21:16:07 -0600

You could download the iso image for Sugar on a Stick and select this as your source. Downloads here: 64 bit / 32 bit:

I can't test it right now but I am sure you could also refer to the address where your USB is mounted: /dev/sdXn, as written in @aeperezt 's answer.

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Yes, I know it is possible. I just wanted to test and administer an existing persistent Sugar Desktop that exists in a tumbdrive.

alfC gravatar imagealfC ( 2015-03-27 01:14:23 -0600 )edit

answered 2015-03-23 09:23:20 -0600

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Don't ever do that with boxes but have done it with qemu on your terminal

sudo qemu-kvm -hda /dev/sdb1 -m 1024 -vga std

You need to change /dev/sdb1 for your USB drive

Hope it helps

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Do you think I can issue that command and later run boxes (and choose some option)?

alfC gravatar imagealfC ( 2015-03-27 01:15:03 -0600 )edit

not but you can do add more options on the command line man qemu-kvm

aeperezt gravatar imageaeperezt ( 2015-03-27 11:30:28 -0600 )edit

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