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Install Fedora 24 On USB With Persistence

asked 2016-12-21 20:13:11 -0500

CyperN77 gravatar image

I would like to install Fedor 24 on a USB with persistence. I've used several tools but persistence either isn't available and when it is it doesn't work!

Is there a way to do it manually?

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florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2016-12-22 22:42:05 -0500 )edit

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answered 2016-12-21 21:15:31 -0500

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updated 2016-12-22 22:45:18 -0500

You don't need no tool.

Just boot Fedora Live or netinstaller from a USB or DVD/CD and install it to (another) USB as if the target device was a hard drive.


  • It will be a full and complete installation, not a live media with a partition for persistent data.
  • You can't boot your installation/live media from the device that you want to install Fedora on (so 2x USB, or 1x DVD and 1x USB)
  • I'd recommend you using a USB with at a least 16GB space (better 32+)
  • You need to make sure that the bootloader Grub is installed on the USB drive (and not accidentally overwrite any existing bootloaders on your machine's hard disk.
  • You should take a minute to think BIOS/UEFI installation through. I'd recommend installing in BIOS mode, since such a USB can be used on both BIOS and (U)EFI systems (with legacy mode enabled).
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answered 2019-02-14 15:05:19 -0500

weberjn gravatar image

Booted Fedora-KDE-Live-x86_64-29-1.2.iso into VirtualBox 6, mounted the usb stick into VirtualBox and did Install to Harddrive, chose USB stick.

Worked perfectly, just had to switch my Thinkpad from Boot from UEFI to both to make it boot from the stick.

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answered 2016-12-22 12:58:43 -0500

CyperN77 gravatar image

Thnx. trying it right now

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Please let us know how it works. I've heard about it before but never tried it. If it works, it will be better than what you were looking for, because the space for persistent storage gradually fills up, and doesn't all come back when you delete things. No, I don't know why, but that's what I've read.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2016-12-22 15:51:10 -0500 )edit

I have done that already a few times in the past, and it usually worked without any major problems.

Two quick things to add:

  • You need to make sure that you install grub, the bootloader, on your USB drive. Anaconda, the Fedora installer, is perfectly able to do so, you just need to make sure the setting is correct - also in order to avoid over-writing an existing Grub on your machine's hard disk (/dev/sda or so). - I will add that information to my answer above.

  • You need to think about BIOS vs. UEFI installation. To have a universal USB, I'd recommend BIOS-like installation.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2016-12-22 22:40:58 -0500 )edit

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