Fedora 8 on a USB pen drive

Fedora’s Project Leader writes on the steps for installing Fedora 8 onto a USB pen drive, making it  bootable Live-drive.  He states,

I have used a USB key as the boot device, and the laptop is currently running Fedora 8, codenamed “Werewolf.”

When I am finished, I can unplug the USB key, power off the machine, and hand the laptop back to its owner. I’ll have my entire distro in my pocket, and when the laptop’s rightful owner powers it back on, the computer will behave as always.

The following walkthrough will enable you to run Fedora 8 from a USB key.

0. Prerequisites

In order to complete this walkthrough, you need:

  • a computer with Fedora 7 or Fedora 8 installed on it.
  • root access on that computer.
  • basic command-line knowledge.


1. Acquire a USB key

The basic desktop version of Fedora 8 will fit on a 1 GB USB key. The “developer” version of Fedora 8 will require a 2 GB USB key. Pretty much any brand of USB key should work.

2. Acquire a Live image

The Fedora Project releases both live and installable images of the Fedora distribution. In order to run off of a USB key, you need one of the live images — this means that the entire distribution is loaded into the computer’s memory and runs without touching the hard disk at all.

Download a live image or create your own if you are particularly adventurous!

3. Install livecd-tools

On your current Fedora machine, install the livecd-tools package, either via the graphical
add/remove software application or by using yum directly on the command line. Note that this step requires you to have root access!

su -c 'yum install livecd-tools'

4. Figure out where your USB key is mounted

Plug in your USB key and the system should automatically mount it for you.

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