Install Fedora Core 9.0 on a 1GB USB Stick

I wanted to install the AccessGrid 3.1 collaborative software under FC9.0 earlier on and discovered that the machine didn’t have a CD or DVD. It did however have a newer mobo that allows for USB booting, so I searched around and found Fedora liveusb-creator. What a beauty, the fedora guys make it really simple to get Fedora live CD stuffed onto a USB stick. All you need is the software, a 1GB+ stick and a windows machine. Here is the process:

  1. Select either to Use existing Live CD or Download Fedora.
  2. Set the Target Device to point to your USB flash drive.
  3. Move the Persistent Overlay slider to set the capacity to use for the persistent image. I was able to manually push the slider by clicking on it and using the cursor keys to change the size by single MB’s rather than the jumping default style. This lets you to allocate extra space on your USB stick, allowing you to save files and make modifications to your live operating system that will persist after you reboot. This essentially lets you carry your own personalized Fedora with you at all times, but only works with Fedora 9 right now.
  4. Click Create Live USB to begin the creation process.

Sit back and watch the progress bar, there is also helpful messages in the little window. Once everything is done “safely” remove your USB Stick and use it to boot into Fedora Core 9. Don’t forget that you might have to change your boot device in BIOS to the USB key (or sometimes just pressing ESC during BIOS boot gets you to a boot menu).

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