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How can I install Fedora to a USB drive?

asked 2013-07-07 17:05:40 -0500

Reno gravatar image

updated 2013-07-07 22:25:12 -0500

I want to install Fedora 19.1, 32-bit Desktop version on a 30gb usb thumb drive that I have, to make a sort of portable system. Since I want to have the best speed, install some additional packages and programs, and not have a Live System User account, I want the OS fully installed, not a "persistent" live image.

The Fedora live (on another drive) image boots and runs just fine, but the Fedora Installer will not recognize my thumb drive in the Installation Destination page. All my hard drives show up, but my usb drive will not. Google is giving me mostly instructions for making a live usb drive, which I am installing from.

As far as the installer is concerned, is there an important technical difference between thumb drives and hard drives that I should know? Ubuntu didn't treat it differently, but I don't know about other distributions.

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answered 2013-07-08 04:57:55 -0500

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You should write the iso in you usb harddisk with the comands:

dd if=*your iso file* of=*the path of you usb device*

the restart you computer and enter the bios system to change the first boot to the usb device, and then save it and restart you computer.

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Thanks, but I'm past that stage. I've got the iso on a small USB drive, and I've booted into it, and I can run the anaconda install program. The problem is that in the Fedora installer, my other USB drive will not show up in the list of Installation Destinations. The internal hard drives do, but the thumb drive I want to install on (instead of one of the internal hard drives) will not appear on the list.

Reno gravatar imageReno ( 2013-07-08 17:34:15 -0500 )edit

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