View Full Version : [SOLVED] Install from usb hard drive

August 1st, 2010, 04:11 PM
Hello !

I have been searching for a way to install ubuntu from an ISO image on a fat32 partition on an usb hard drive. Have only found ways to install to a usb hard drive, not from.

When i did this with fedora the installer gave an choice of where to install from ( don't know if they still do ).

Thanks in advance for any help

August 1st, 2010, 04:30 PM
You can use the USB Startup Creator or Unetbootin to prepare a bootable Ubuntu USB drive.


August 1st, 2010, 04:34 PM
I have looked at those but they only work for usb flash drives, not hard drives. I need a way of getting the installer to install from an ISO on an FAT32 partition.

August 1st, 2010, 04:42 PM
I have looked at those but they only work for usb flash drives, not hard drives.

Are you sure about that? It seems to me a USB drive is a USB drive is a USB drive, whether it's 1gb or 500gb.

But I have not tested it personally so there you go. :)

Is there a reason why you don't just buy an inexpensive thumb drive or blank CD?

August 1st, 2010, 05:01 PM
I tried the usb flash ones and they always gave me errors on not finding a flash drive. did this 3 times gave up.

I am digging out the fedora 5 cd i made and see what is different from the new ones and maybe just use fedora seeming as the usb flash thingy doesn't work for me.

I am using a 40 gig WD hard drive not a flash drive.

August 1st, 2010, 05:04 PM
Fedora is a nice distro (I prefer it to Ubuntu personally) but you really should be using Fedora 13. Support for Fedora 5 ended a looooong time ago. ;)

August 1st, 2010, 06:45 PM
You can directly boot an ISO from grub2 on any partition, but of course cannot reinstall over the same partition.

[SOLVED] Using grub 2 to boot an iso off hard drive