Fedora 7 install from usb

Apparently people have been visiting my blog trying to find out how to install Fedora 7 from an USB-key, but I don’t have that information. So I’m going to put it here.

wget ftp://download.fedora.redhat.com/pub/fedora/linux/releases/7/Fedora/i386/os/images/diskboot.img
dd if=diskboot.img of=/dev/sdX

Be careful to choose the right device, and unmount it before doing the operation. If you want to check the contents just unplug and plug your memory stick.

When you reboot you’ll be able to choose the network installation. You’ll want to choose the HTTP method as FTP doesn’t seem to work and since you are required to type the URL of the server it’s better to write it down before rebooting.

Here is the bug report. Please provide feedback if you can.

Thanks to this post.

7 thoughts on “Fedora 7 install from usb

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  2. Hi

    this is the solution for Fedora 8. It’s not perfect but it works. If you don’t have a working Fedora installation yet (any version) then you can run the RescueCD downloaded from their website.

    1. Download the Fedora DVD ISO
    2. Get yourself a 4gb USB drive or USB harddisk.
    3. Create two Win95 FAT16 partitions on the USB device, the first 20mb and the second the remainder of the drive. You need to use fdisk in a linux environment.
    4. Mark the first partition bootable.
    5. dd if=diskboot.img of=dev/sda1 where you downloaded diskboot.img from a Fedora mirror or you extracted the file from the ISO using WINRAR on Win XP.
    6. mount the second USB partion.
    eg
    mkdir /mnt/u2
    mount /dev/sda2 /mnt/u2
    7. Copy the DVD ISO to the second partition. Don’t DD the ISO, just plain simple copy. I copy the ISO rather than burn it to the USB device because I can keep the bootable partition but change the ISO installation.
    eg. cp Fedora-8-i386-DVD.iso /mnt/u2
    8. Leave the USB device in the computer and reboot; may need to adjust the BIOS on start up so that the boot order recognises it should start from the USB device.
    9. The USB device partition 1 will boot and you will be offered an introduction. Follow the instructions and navigate the HDD install menu to /dev/sda2 (your USB device). This will detect your Fedora-8-i386-DVD.iso and boot it.
    10. Following the installation instructions generated by Fedora-8-i386-DVD.iso
    11. Over to you.

    Kind regards

    Michael.

  3. Hi Michel,

    I am trying to load Fedora from USB stick. I do follow similar steps as you in mentioned above.

    9. The USB device partition 1 will boot and you will be offered an introduction. Follow the instructions and navigate the HDD install menu to /dev/sda2 (your USB device). This will detect your Fedora-8-i386-DVD.iso and boot it.

    I would like to prevent manual selection/navigation of HDD install menu to USB device in step 9. I tried modifying kickstart file to point to USB device but it still prompts with HDD menu (for the OS image).

    Appreciate any ideas on how I can get around this.

    Thank you,
    Ramki

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  5. Hi ,

    I’m into the same situation , but i am running windows Xp and i wanted to put fedora as dual boot without disturbing my windows OS. I have the .iso of FC7 i wants to install linux from my usb drive as i dont have a DVD drive on my system , i have been hunting for the last couple of days to get it done..but didnt get any best solution . Please help me out waiting for your reply eagerly..

    Thanks
    Anand

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