How to Create A Boot Pen Drive

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Can someone give steps on 'How to Create A Boot Pen Drive'?

Or a to same.

I'm not clear if that's the same as running Linux from a USB stick.

Found 7 pen/sticks from my past devices, in the photo.
 

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Choose one that is at least 4GB

Are you using Windows to create the bootable usb stick ?
 
'How to Create A Boot Pen Drive'?
not sure I know what you mean..
1]bootable Linux installation pen-drive
2]a bootable pen-drive with persistence
3] A boot repair usb
 
not sure I know what you mean..
1]bootable Linux installation pen-drive
2]a bootable pen-drive with persistence
3] A boot repair usb
I'm not sure what I mean, either.

If you have time, can you or someone explain how each is used?
 
Choose one that is at least 4GB

Are you using Windows to create the bootable usb stick ?
Probably will use Windows. I'm switching from iPad to a Windows ThinkPad but it has German OS so first I have to change the language.

Then I need to setup with local account so it's not hooked up to MS.

Also want to debloat it before using Windows.

The sticks I saved from previous pcs are from 32 to 128 GB and my idea is to reformat one but I will need help.

My setup is all ordered and on the way, should arrive 1-2 weeks.
 

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If you have time, can you or someone explain how each is used?
1]bootable Linux installation pen-drive .....[this is the one you make to install Linux to your computer [for this you need at least 4gb pen-drive]
2]a bootable pen-drive with persistence.....[this is the is you use as a non volatile hard-drive and needs to be at least 64gb]
3] A boot repair usb ,,[this is a bit more specialised and is used to repair your boot system if broken]
 
This is by far the easiest thing to do in Linux...follow the instructions in post 4.
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Can someone give steps on 'How to Create A Boot Pen Drive'?
It's depends on OS you're using and also on what kind of OS you'll be booting.

If you want to create bootable USB in Linux that will boot Debian then you don't need any software, simply unmount your USB drive and run 2 commands:
Code:
sudo umount /dev/sdXY
sudo cp /path/to/debian.iso /dev/sdX
sudo sync

In the first command, replace X with drive letter and Y with partition number (if there are multiple partitions on USB repeat for each)
In the second command update path to downloaded iso and path to USB drive (not partition)
All data on USB is erased and USB is bootable.
 
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This is by far the easiest thing to do in Linux...follow the instructions in post 4.
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Got it. Right now I am collecting and organizing information and links for myself and making them available as hopefully a contribution to the community. I am sure that one you suggested will be useful when I'm sitting at the HTP getting ready with sweaty palms to begin.
 
1]bootable Linux installation pen-drive .....[this is the one you make to install Linux to your computer [for this you need at least 4gb pen-drive]
2]a bootable pen-drive with persistence.....[this is the is you use as a non volatile hard-drive and needs to be at least 64gb]
3] A boot repair usb ,,[this is a bit more specialised and is used to repair your boot system if broken]
The USB sticks I have all have been used and need to be formatted. Can someone tell me how to format, presumably using Windows? Or I can look that up with a Google search....
 
the ISO writer will normally do that itself
 
the ISO writer will normally do that itself
I looked at Etcher website. Will Etcher make either a 'Bootable Linux installation pen-drive' or a 'Bootable pen-drive with persistence'?

Do I really need both?

First to test drive Linux, then to have an OS back-up?

OS back-up can also become whole system backup?

Seems a person wouldn't know until after installing their app. Otherwise it looks great!
 
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In answer to your question - Will Etcher make either a 'Bootable Linux installation pen-drive' - Yes it will.
I don't know about the 'persistence' part though.
At this point I really don't think you need 'persistence'. I would put that in my "advanced Linux" area.
As with all Linux things - they are great, IF you need them.
OG
TC
 
@Emanate Presence
In answer to your question - Will Etcher make either a 'Bootable Linux installation pen-drive' - Yes it will.
I don't know about the 'persistence' part though.
At this point I really don't think you need 'persistence'. I would put that in my "advanced Linux" area.
As with all Linux things - they are great, IF you need them.
OG
TC
The only persistence I know needed at this time is that to soldier ahead with Linux and say Windows never again!

Someone mentioned 'persistent USB' to me earlier....

It's been said to use a quality USB Pen Drive .... is Verbatim considered a quality brand?
 
The only persistence I know needed at this time is that to soldier ahead with Linux and say Windows never again!

Someone mentioned 'persistent USB' to me earlier....

It's been said to use a quality USB Pen Drive .... is Verbatim considered a quality brand?
You don't need persistence on a bootable USB stick, persitence is optionally desired when making Live USB stick where persitent storage on USB stick is used to persist personal files and setting across reboots.

For normal installation thumb drive that is used to install system persitence is useless.
 
is Verbatim considered a quality brand?

I've had good luck with SanDisk and Kingston. I've never used a Verbatim USB drive, but their CD's and DVD's usually
work for me. Samsung work's good, but usually over-priced.
 
You don't need persistence on a bootable USB stick, persitence is optionally desired when making Live USB stick where persitent storage on USB stick is used to persist personal files and setting across reboots.

For normal installation thumb drive that is used to install system persitence is useless.
Thank you for the clarification.

One step at a time, and I will be good to test drive LM21 Virginia.
 


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