Installing KnoppixLKB to a USB Drive

KnoppixLKB can be run from a USB drive. This may be a more convenient option than running from a CD if your computer can boot from a USB disk.


  • A "thumbdrive" or other USB disk with at least 1 GB space available.
  • Windows XP or later.
  • A system with BIOS support for booting from USB media.

Creating a bootable USB drive

  1. Download the KnoppixLKB CD image (the file ending in ".iso") from the KnoppixLKB download site.
  2. Download Universal USB Installer
  3. Insert your USB drive. Open My Computer and note what drive letter it's been assigned.
  4. Run Universal USB Installer, and agree to the license agreement.
  5. Under Step 1, pick "Try Some Other Live Linux ISO" from the drop-down list.
  6. If you put your ISO file in the same directory as Universal USB Installer, it will find it automatically; otherwise, click the Browse button under Step 2 and select it.
  7. Under Step 3, select the drive letter associated with your USB drive. You have the option of formatting the drive; note that checking this box will delete everything else on the drive you've picked, so be careful.
  8. Click "Create". The system will take a few minutes to extract the files from the ISO image and copy them to your USB drive.

Booting the USB drive

This depends on your system; you may have to go into BIOS setup and enable booting from USB. Hints for specific systems are below:


Tap F12 (or sometimes F11) once or twice while the Dell logo is on the screen to open a boot menu. This is most easily done during a cold boot because the logo appears for much longer than during a warm reboot.

When the menu comes up, choose "USB Device" or (on some systems) choose "Hard Disk" and then select your USB drive from the sub-menu that pops up.

On some systems it's not possible to boot from the front panel USB ports; if you have trouble, try moving the drive to the rear ports.


Unfortunately, it's currently not possible to boot a USB device created this way on a Macintosh system. Macintoshes will only boot USB devices that contain a Mac-style GUID partition map.

Topic revision: r1 - 2010-05-07 - 23:23:37 - brodbd

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