By danahpsimer ·
How can I install linux on a thumb drive and boot from it via my bios boot menu? (F12)

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Assuming your PC supports USB boot...

by dpalsen In reply to Linux

We'll assume for a minute that your PC will support booting from a USB HDD. That being the case, it's as simple as installing Linux on the thumb drive, and setting up the boot manager to be installed on the USB drive as well. I've got a system doing exactly this at home.

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Yup, do it all the time

by robo_dev In reply to Assuming your PC supports ...

on some PCs you have to go into BIOS and either:

Change the boot order so the PC tries to boot from the USB drive before the HDD

Hit a special key when booting (F2 on Dell, F10 or F12 on HP/Compaq) to redirect the boot process to allow it to attempt boot from USB drive.

As dpalsen noted, this will only work if your PC supports booting from USB.

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by danahpsimer In reply to Assuming your PC supports ...

Well, I probably did it wrong. I booted up from the Ubuntu cd and from there I installed Ubuntu on my 16GB thumb drive then tried to boot from the thumb drive using F12 boot menu. I have a Gigabyte motherboard. Sadly nothing happened. just blank scree with a hyphen on the top left.

Should I have prepared the thumb drive in some way before installing Ubuntu on it?

Btw thanks for replying.

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