USB Stick/key install

  • Quentin Harley
Posted: Mon, 10/22/2007 - 07:40

There is an alternative to DVD for hard drive installations...
I found a good instruction for Debian Sarge to create a USB Key install

To convert to Etch is easy - use one of these links for the installer files

For 64 Studio 3.0 this would be:

Follow the "Flexible" install instructions and include the 64studio ISO fitting your architecture on the drive as per the instruction.

You'll find links to those here :

I did not use this yet, but I intend to next time. It could put the DVD drive issue to bed...



  • Saint Jules
  • 11/27/09
  • Fri, 11/27/2009 - 09:07
This thing is driving me crazy. I managed to successfully create a bootable USB twice, once through the process above and once through the utility in Ubuntu. In both cases everything was perfect, system booted from USB, Debian installation began, etc. The only thing is it gets stuck before the installation of software since it looks for the components in the CD-ROM drive, which is what I wanted to avoid in the first place!! No matter what I do, the installation process always refers back to the CD drive (and of course doesn't find anything there) and doesn't look for the ISO in the USB. Any suggestion?

USB install

  • reidi
  • 02/01/10
  • Mon, 02/01/2010 - 04:45
Did you get the iso image problem sorted out? I'm having the same trouble and can't find a resolution. USB boots just fine and starts the Debian installer. Finds the iso file on the USB stick, but then looks for it on a CD, and the install cannot proceed.


  • Vladoko
  • 01/28/10
  • Thu, 01/28/2010 - 13:40
I'm having same issue on mu laptop and desktop too. Both are Dell XPS 1yo and getting same CD-ROM issue. Trying to find any workaround but I'm newbie in Linux so commands don't really make sense for me (but good in Mac and Wins). Studio 9.10 makes this error, but when I tried to install standard Ubuntu 9.10, worked in Live and Install fine as well. Both from bootable USB created via UNetbootin. Did anybody solve this, please?

64studio 3.0 beta 3

  • Lucean
  • 08/29/09
  • Sat, 08/29/2009 - 21:39
Hi, Of course I found this topic by searching on google. :-) It worked for me too, but in a different way. This one wasn't working (I was getting an error message): zcat boot.img.gz >/dev/sdb1 Instead it worked with: gunzip boot.img.gz dd if=boot.img of=/dev/sdb It was booting, but it didn't "find" the iso at all. I found somewhere on the net to do the following in a separate console (Alt-F2): mkdir /dev/loop ln /dev/loop0 /dev/loop/0 Thanks.


  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Tue, 05/05/2009 - 16:52
This should work exactly the same, as a USB stick is only a mini usb hard drive, isn't it?

just remembering

  • capoeira
  • 05/01/09
  • Tue, 05/05/2009 - 15:07
just remembering that, what i did is install from HD, and not from usb-stick.


  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Tue, 05/05/2009 - 05:53
This is great - always wanted to test it, but could not find the time... Cheers, Q

installing with iso-file from HD 3.0-beta

  • capoeira
  • 05/01/09
  • Mon, 05/04/2009 - 22:12
for 3.0-beta the initrd.gz and vmlinuz would be that from hardy?? this one (32 bit): ???????

tried it out

  • capoeira
  • 05/01/09
  • Tue, 05/05/2009 - 04:21
and it worked. configuered grub to load initrd.gz and vmlinuz wich i downloaded from the link, and after booting the installer found the .iso on my HD

USB install

  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Mon, 10/22/2007 - 18:51
In my search for info regarding USB key as install media, I found lots of info regarding installing Debian(ish) distros to USB drive, or USB key. Ubuntu has quite a lot of info, and with minor adoptions you can use that as a guideline.

Installation on an USB-Device

  • blubber
  • 10/22/07
  • Mon, 10/22/2007 - 12:57
I had tried to install 64Studio on an external USB-Drive, to boot from it. Actually it doesn't work. Grub was installed in this Root- Partition, but I think that it was not found. Has anybody an Idea on how to install 64Studio on an external USB-Drive? Please give me a hint. Thanks a lot.