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Thread: boot from an .ISO image file stored on it's own partition

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    boot from an .ISO image file stored on it's own partition

    Hi,

    I am wondering if it is possible to have an additional BOOT OPTION from GRUB when computer starts.......Right now I have a dual boot (Ubuntu 10.10 and WinXP). I have a spare partition that is not really used and I was thinking about if it is possible to put an .ISO image of, say Ubuntu 11 on there. How can I get GRUB to recognize it at boot time and have that as an option to boot from?????? I tried this once before many years ago with another distro and it worked very well. Since the image is on a dedicated partition, it should boot VERY FAST. This would be helpful in times that I need to quickly check email and Craigslist without wasting too much time when I am busy. I am not sure what to do, and I am not the "geek" like I used to be. Please help!!!!

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    Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Re: boot from an .ISO image file stored on it's own partition

    I do this for installs either from my sdb drive to install into sdc or my flash drive which looks like another drive in my system.

    This will boot an ISO from a hard drive.
    ISO Booting with Grub 2 from Hard drive - drs305
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1549847
    Boot ISO from harddrive. To install it would have to be different partition
    [SOLVED] Using grub 2 to boot an iso off hard drive
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1535864
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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