Booting Linux from a Flashdrive.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jcb08, Feb 8, 2009.

  1. jcb08 macrumors newbie

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    I am interested in booting another OS, Besides OSX, such as linux, from a Flashdrive. I was wondering how I might go about actually getting this to work with OSX. I've found some versions of Linux that can boot from a Flashdrive, but I'm not sure how I would get my Macbook to recognize it.
     
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

    BlueRevolution

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    It should "just work". Plug the flash drive into a USB port and reboot while holding the option key. I know you can boot to the Ubuntu live DVD.
     
  3. kastenbrust macrumors 68030

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    The same way any computer would go about recognising it.

    To be honest if you even need to ask us here without checking google I really wouldn't try it alone.

    Which Linux distro are you intending to use?
     
  4. Agurri macrumors 6502

    Agurri

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    I would not suggest running a full GUI Linux from a USB key. My friend tried to do so : it was sure booting, but the key wasn't speedy enough for his work (programming). The OS would lock after 10-15 minutes, then he needed to reboot...
     

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