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Thread: [SOLVED] Is it possible to put a live ISO on a hard drive partition?

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    [SOLVED] Is it possible to put a live ISO on a hard drive partition?

    Basically, I want to create a SquashFS partition on my hard drive, sized at exactly 700 Mb (the size of a CD,) so I can install distros from the LiveCD image without the slowness of the optical drive. Is it possible?
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    Re: Is it possible to put a live ISO on a hard drive partition?

    well, let's call the new partition /dev/sdb3--whatever
    let's call the unmounted CD /dev/sdc--w'r

    in a root terminal (or "sudo")

    "dd if=/dev/sdc of=/dev/sdb3"
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    Re: Is it possible to put a live ISO on a hard drive partition?

    That is easy! And I'm guessing this works just as well for disk images (so I don't have to waste the CD.) But how would I go about editing grub's menu.lst file to boot this? As in, do I have to do anything special for squashFS partitions?
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    Re: Is it possible to put a live ISO on a hard drive partition?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaxIBoy View Post
    That is easy! And I'm guessing this works just as well for disk images (so I don't have to waste the CD.) But how would I go about editing grub's menu.lst file to boot this? As in, do I have to do anything special for squashFS partitions?
    You may want to take a look at this post by kagashe regarding LiveCDs on partitions and GRUB entries.
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    Re: Is it possible to put a live ISO on a hard drive partition?

    Thanks, that's exactly what I was looking for.
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