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USB install

Posted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 8:43 pm
by wbugar
Hi, kindof newbie, any procedure around this parts on how to install the latest Mint on a USB drive?
My searches didn't catch anything.
thx

Re: USB install

Posted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 9:12 pm
by JerryF
If you want to perform a full install, you'll need a live DVD or USB drive to install onto the other USB flash drive.

First you burn the Mint ISO onto a DVD or USB flash drive, then boot from that, then perform the install onto the USB drive.

Re: USB install

Posted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 10:01 am
by gold_finger
Like JerryF said, you'll need a live USB/DVD to use to do the install and another USB to install on to (which needs to be at least 16GB in size).

Here's a link to specific instructions for doing such an install: viewtopic.php?f=90&t=204395&p=1062565#p1062565.

NOTE: If you're doing this on a newer computer with UEFI firmware, it would be best to make sure the live USB (one you're using to do the install) gets booted in Legacy mode so you can install in that mode to the target USB. To confirm the boot mode of live USB, once booted up run this command in a terminal:

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ls /sys/firmware
If you see "efi" listed in the output, you're booted in UEFI mode. You'll need to reboot and use the UEFI/Bios Boot Menu of computer to boot USB stick again and choose whatever "non-UEFI" option there is for booting it. (Boot Menu is typically accessed by hitting one of the function keys during initial power-on of computer -- eg. <F12> key on Dells.)

If you don't see "efi" in the output, you're good to go and can use instructions in link above to install.