Fedora USB Boot Media

I wanted a way of carrying around a copy of Fedora, if necassary I could use it to boot friends pc’s who have got viruses, or any other problems that mean they don’t have access to their data, perhaps I could so some thing about it.

I’ve done this before but couldn’t remember how do do it. Can’t believe I forgot this, it’s so easy.

Go here – https://fedorahosted.org/liveusb-creator/ and
1, If you’re running windows, download the USB Creator.

If you’re already running Fedora

2, Go to a command prompt and type
yum install liveusb-creator

Give it a few seconds to install, run it and you’ll be presented with this.

livecdusb

If you’ve already downloaded a Fedora Live CD then you can use the browse button to look for it. If you don’t have a previously downloaded ISO then you can use the other option to download. The version of the usb creator that’s installed only has up to Fedora 18, doesn’t seem to have anything later than that. I downloaded the Fedora 20 live media manually.

Select your target drive and pick, in my case, the usb drive. For persistant media I chose a gig, this is space on the stick which you can use for files etc.

Click the big button at the bottom. Give it about 5 mins and you’ll have your Fedora Bootable USB stick.

Quite handy to have as part of your tech toolkit πŸ™‚

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6 thoughts on “Fedora USB Boot Media

    • There are actually quite a few differences.

      dd-written media are the most likely to work, and I’d recommend a dd-type method for most cases. However, you can’t use the persistent storage feature using a dd write, and you can’t do a non-destructive write (keeping existing data intact).

      If neither of those is important, use dd. If you have a Fedora box handy, I’d recommend using livecd-iso-to-disk rather than liveusb-creator, it’s somewhat more reliable. Use –format –reset-mbr if you don’t care about what’s currently on the stick (this will make it more likely to boot on the widest range of systems). Pass –mac and –efi to make sure it can boot on Macs and UEFI systems.

      See https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/How_to_create_and_use_Live_USB for more (including dd-type methods for Windows and OS X).

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  1. I noticed that FLUC shows Fedora 18 even with the latest update, but if you click the blue refresh arrows, it will then show Fedora 20 πŸ™‚

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    • Yeah, that’s a bug. Seems oddly difficult to fix, though. I tried what should be the ‘obvious’ change to make it work, and it didn’t. So I just filed a bug and moved on…

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  2. Difference is that this can add persistent storage. I think it unpacks ISO and sets up syslinux instead of isolinux. So it probably does not overwrite data already on drive.

    Also next to menu with Fedora versions is update icon. Click it and it will find new Fedora versions to download.

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