Boot Debian Installer from USB flash drive.

November 20th, 2007 by Andrea Matesi 1505 Views

My primary objective is to make a pc boot from usb flash drive and make him launch the standard debian installer. Make sure BIOS is set to boot from USB (also called Removable Device). Get boot.img.gz (here stable):


unzip & put raw content inside the UNMOUNTED flash drive:

zcat boot.img.gz > /dev/sdc (assuming sdc is yours).

Get current netinst iso image (here etch-netinst):


then copy image inside flash drive as is. Now plug flash drive inside the pc to boot then start it up: if it works, it will boot a kernel and find the iso image for the install process. Notes: if you see @ partitioning time your flash drive listed before your HDDs, then check BIOS option "Boot Removable Devices First" and put it to "disabled". Original Reference:

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