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How to install Mint from USB

Post by hashem » Sun Jun 10, 2012 12:06 am

I have win7 64bit and a Sandisk 8gb USB flash drive, and a hard drive ready to dedicate to mint. For lack of any tutorial on the entire internet (according to google results), I followed the directions in this link in order to make a bootable USB in order to install Linux Mint (because it doesn't fit on a regular CD, seemingly because the devs thought it was a good idea to preload it with apps instead of giving you the option to select the ones you want during install, but thats another topic.....). http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/744

In other words, I plugged in the flash drive, changed the mint iso from .iso to .img, opened win32diskimager and selected the .img, and waited for the loading bar to finish. Cool, now I have a bootable USB, all I have to do is restart my computer and choose to boot from USB-HDD, and I'll have mint installed and running within 15 minutes.

Except, it doesn't even attempt to boot from the USB as though it doesn't even exist, and just proceeds to boot win7.

How can I, in the most user-friendly least-amount-of-steps, turn this (ruined?) flash drive into a useful bootable USB with my trusty mint 64 mate and get to installing it?

EDIT: also, please pardon my frustration.

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Re: How to install Mint from USB

Post by breaker » Sun Jun 10, 2012 3:17 am

First, did you select booting from the drive in your BIOS, or through a hot key for a boot menu on power up?
Just making sure you know you have to tell your PC to boot from the flash drive instead of your hard drive.
Also, did you checksum the iso?
If you already know how to boot from your flash drive, you can use Unetbootin to create a bootable flash drive.
First, in Windows, format the drive to FAT32 again.
Also, the method you used should have worked in theory. I just used the same method to boot LM13 MAYA 64bit, but I used a different program, RMPrep (Removable Drive Prep Tool). I think I am goint to make a tutorial about this...
rtfm - read the fine manual...
Boot info script: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1291280
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Re: How to install Mint from USB

Post by usbtux » Sun Jun 10, 2012 7:45 am

http://goo.gl/DXKgM LinuxMint tutorials.
Running LinuxMint 17.3 Mate. Pepermint 6 & Manjaro 15.12 Capella XFCE
http://goo.gl/WFu0u Installing Mint - the screen cast videos.
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Re: How to install Mint from USB

Post by breaker » Sun Jun 10, 2012 8:49 am

Nice usbtux. ;)

Again, for Unetbootin to work, your USB flash drive FIRST needs to be formatted to FAT32, so if you already used the dd method, format in Windows.
rtfm - read the fine manual...
Boot info script: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1291280
grub2 https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Grub2
PC-BIOS based booting, mbr, boot records; http://thestarman.pcministry.com/

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Re: How to install Mint from USB

Post by hashem » Sun Jun 10, 2012 12:55 pm

OK thanks for the responses, I'm not sure I was clear so I apologize for posting in frustration. The goal is to permanently install Linux Mint 13 MATE 64bit onto the second hard drive in my computer, and this will be done via a USB flash drive. To be clear, I'm NOT trying to install Mint TO a USB drive, but I am trying to install Mint FROM a USB drive.

I can't find a tutorial anywhere online, at least not one for Linux Mint 13 MATE 64bit.

I know how to boot from USB-HDD, what I don't know how to do is make the USB flash drive into an "install disc" for lack of a better word. If that is called a "bootable USB flash drive", then I guess that's what I need, but just to be clear I'm NOT trying to temporarily run Linux from a USB flash drive.

Thanks in advance for any help. If an old tutorial has relevant proper instructions that's great, but I'm under the impression that something changed with Mint 13 which requires a new type of install, and that's frustrating because I can't find ANY USB tutorials for Mint 13.

EDIT: Also, at this point I need to know how to get my flash drive back to normal. Currently it seems to be an 884mb drive, when obviously it's actually an 8gb drive. I'm really lost!!

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Re: How to install Mint from USB

Post by timcowchip » Sun Jun 10, 2012 2:13 pm

Try this to fix your USB flash drive:

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dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb bs=512 count=4096
Then, using a partitioner like gparted, create a partition table and a 8GB FAT32 partition on it.

I would use unetbootin to make a USB installation disk, its the easiest way and it doesn't alter your USB's formatting, you'll need to set your machine's bios to "usb emulation type = hard disk" to boot from it.
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Re: How to install Mint from USB

Post by usbtux » Sun Jun 10, 2012 2:46 pm

You haven't read my info

http://usbtux.hostzi.com/livecd

Honestly its not that difficult... just don't bother with persistence :roll:

As for your messed up USB - goggle says http://www.techsupportalert.com/content ... anager.htm
http://goo.gl/DXKgM LinuxMint tutorials.
Running LinuxMint 17.3 Mate. Pepermint 6 & Manjaro 15.12 Capella XFCE
http://goo.gl/WFu0u Installing Mint - the screen cast videos.
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Re: How to install Mint from USB

Post by breaker » Sun Jun 10, 2012 4:16 pm

Yes, we know you are trying to install FROM USB to HDD :wink:

EDIT: Better link to PDF, but hotlinks inside PDF broken;
You can also, from Windows, try my tutorial, http://dl.dropbox.com/u/84584106/Quickl ... repUSB.pdf

If that fails, read ALL below:

You can use Windows or RMPrepUSB to test and reformat your USB flash drive.

Check it out - http://www.rmprepusb.com/ then pick the download tab.

In the program, you can test the drive integrity. Also, go ahead and pick "clean drive". Also, go ahead and format it FAT32 using the program.

Again, format the drive FAT32, use the Generic ISO selection to PREPARE the USB flash drive with the ISO and make it bootable.

This is another great tutorial with Unetbootin - http://www.pendrivelinux.com/using-unet ... usb-linux/

Then reboot and ensure your computer is set up to boot from said USB device (from a hot key at boot to get to a boot selection menu, or from the main BIOS menu where you change the boot order for your computer).

Once you boot your USB drive, you install from said USB drive to Hard Disk Drive (HDD). The USB drive takes the place of the optical DVD you would burn.

Can your computer boot USB flash drives? If it is really old, it might need extra help.

See usbtux tutorial.
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rtfm - read the fine manual...
Boot info script: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1291280
grub2 https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Grub2
PC-BIOS based booting, mbr, boot records; http://thestarman.pcministry.com/

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Re: How to install Mint from USB

Post by hashem » Sun Jun 10, 2012 6:38 pm

Hey, usbtux I did read your links, they were kinda complex and not really straightforward to a complete n00b like me, and/or none of them seemed to be what I was looking for, probably because I'm completely ignorant of anything to do with Linux.

I resolved the problem by returning the USB flash drive and buying a few blank DVDs and just burning the iso and installing the old fashioned way, which is unfortunate because I'd prefer to learn. I look forward to reading the other posts when I get a moment, for now I'm going to be customizing my new Mint 13 MATE 64bit install.

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