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post #1 of 10
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How can i install an OS using a USB drive to install instead of burning the ISO onto a DVD ?
post #2 of 10
hi im not sure this can be done but the way i would go about this is use a programme called winrar use this to open the iso (without having to burn it) you are looking for a exe file or a setup file e.c.t and try doing it that way.
post #3 of 10
Yes it can be done easily so long as your MoBo will allow "boot from usb"


Burn the iso to your usb drive using one of the many available apps.Like This One As An Example (g00gle is your friend! Just browse for it )

Then set your mobo to boot from usb or use the boot device menu (F8 on my mobo)




et voila!
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Try unetbootin. Select the drive, select the ISO.
    
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^ Unetbootin works best!
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^ Unetbootin works best!
Does that work for any iso file or just for ubuntu ?
post #7 of 10
Almost any iso file, it depends somewhat upon the iso file...
Also, multiboot is a nice program.
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post #8 of 10
I found out the hard way, usb booting doesn't always mean what you'd hope it too. It could mean any usb device like a thumb/flash drive, external disc drive or external hdd or it may be one and not the other.

I had a gateway that did not allow usb flash drive booting, only hard disk (external hdd) and cd booting. My 2004 hp allowed it and that pos gateway from '08 didnt....ugh. Generally though I'd saw most will allow thumb drive booting, but just an fyi if it doesn't work.
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Yeah this is a lot harder than it seems.

I remember it being different for pretty much any os.

Some people use programs such as WintoFlash or whatever.. give that a shot.

Which specific operating system are you trying to boot from USB?
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