Run Knoppix Linux from a USB FlashPenDrive

August 16, 20072 Comments

* 1GB USB Flash Pen Drive
* Knoppix Linux
* Winrar (or another ISO extracting application)
* Syslinux V3.11

The Process:
1. First step is to format your USB drive.


2. Download the Knoppix Linux ISO.
3. Download and extract to a directory called syslinux311 on your computer.
4. Open your Knoppix ISO using winrar. Extract the files from the ISO to your USB drive.
5. Move the contents from the /boot/isolinux directory to the root of the stick.
6. Delete isolinux.bin and rename isolinux.cfg to syslinux.cfg.
7. Run the command prompt in windows (start/run/cmd) and CD to the syslinux311 directory. Then CD again to the win32 directory within the syslinux311 directory. Once there simply type syslinux.exe F: (F: being the example drive letter of the USB stick in this system)
8. Reboot your PC, go into your system BIOS and set your boot order to boot from any selectable USB drive.

9. Save your BIOS settings. On the next reboot, you should have a sucessful launch of Knoppix Linux from your USB memory stick.

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  1. rajeshontheweb says:

    great info, just a small addition, use IZArc / ZipGenius to open the iso files instead of winrar (winrar is not freeware) linux is freeware and u will end up using all freeware only no usage terms violation

  2. FutureGeek says:

    OR Copy the contents of the Knoppix CD to the USB drive. Plug in the USB drive and boot from the Knoppix CD as usual. When prompted type: knoppix bootfrom=/dev/XXXX XXXX being the USB Drive location usually sdb1. This will allow you to have access to the CD/RW if needed, and obviously runs faster too.

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