possible to boot from a usb flash drive?

Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by Nefarious1, Oct 7, 2004.

  1. Nefarious1

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    I'm curious if this can be done for both a windows and linux box. This would be great for a linux firewall box that needs less than 100mb. It would cut down the cost of a hd, temps in the case, and case size requirements.
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    yes this is actually somewhat common for router-devices.
     
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    how do you set it up?
     
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    You would need to install the OS on the flash drive, and set the system to boot from USB. Not all motherboards support it though.
     
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    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    Yep. Should be an option in the BIOS if it's possible. My guess is that it also needs to be a thumb drive that is normal and doesn't need any special drivers.
     
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    any USB-based CF/SD/xD/pen/MMC/MS should work. XP has built-in drivers during setup.

    For booting to it, your BIOS must support it. Some have a "USB Device" boot option. Others have it covered under "Boot other devices". Some don't support it at all.
     
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    If he's going to boot from it, it had better not require any special (proprietary) drivers. There won't be any XP on a firewall.
     
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    I think he means that it would have to be either "SYS'd" or recognized by the installation software, ie. XP Install as a valid destination for the OS files first. Then just booting to the device once the OS is loaded on it would be simple as long as the BIOS of the unit supports it...
     

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