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GParted Live on USB

The bootable GParted Live image can also be installed on a USB flash drive.

Following are instructions on how to setup GParted Live on your USB flash drive using either MS Windows or GNU/Linux.

NOTE: These installation methods only work when the USB flash drive is formatted with a FAT file system. Some users have reported that only the FAT16 file system worked for them. For other file systems you might try to use grub or some other boot loader.



USB setup with Windows

Choose one of the following methods to setup GParted Live on your USB flash drive using MS Windows:

Windows Method A: Tuxboot

  1. Download Tuxboot on your MS Windows computer.
  2. Follow the USB setup with MS Windows instructions to install GParted Live on your USB flash drive.

Windows Method B: Manual

WARNING!   DO NOT RUN makeboot.bat from your local hard drive!
Doing so could cause your MS windows not to boot!!!

  1. Download the GParted Live zip file.
  2. If you already have a partition of at least 200 MB in size on your USB flash drive formatted with a FAT file system then skip to the next step (3).
    Otherwise create at least a 200 MB partition on your USB flash drive and format it with a FAT16 or FAT32 file system.
  3. Extract all the contents of the zip file to FAT16/FAT32 partition on your USB flash drive. Keep the directory architecture, for example, file "GPL" should be in the USB flash drive's top directory (e.g. G:\GPL).
  4. Browse to your USB flash drive and as an administrator, click the makeboot.bat in the dir utils\win32\. WARNING! Makeboot.bat must be run from your USB flash drive.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions.
    (PS: The above description is modified from: http://www.pendrivelinux.com/2007/01/02/all-in-one-usb-dsl. Thanks to PDLA from http://pendrivelinux.com)

Windows Method C: Unetbootin

CAUTION:   Unetbootin creates a different boot menu.
Therefore it is recommended to use method A or B.

  1. If you already have Unetbootin installed on your computer then skip to the next step (2).
    Otherwise download and install Unetbootin on your MS Windows computer.
  2. Download the GParted Live iso file.
  3. From Windows, run the Unetbootin program and follow the instructions in the GUI to install GParted Live on your USB flash drive.

Windows Method D: LinuxLive USB Creator

  1. If you already have LinuxLive USB Creator installed on your computer then skip to the next step (2).
    Otherwise download and install LinuxLive USB Creator on your MS Windows computer.
  2. Download the GParted Live iso file.
  3. From Windows, install then run the LinuxLive USB Creator program and follow the instructions in the GUI to install GParted Live on your USB flash drive.


USB setup with GNU/Linux

Choose one of the following methods to setup GParted Live on your USB flash drive using GNU/Linux:

GNU/Linux Method A: Tuxboot

  1. Download Tuxboot on your GNU/Linux computer.
  2. Follow the USB setup with GNU/Linux instructions to install GParted Live on your USB flash drive.

GNU/Linux Method B: Manual

WARNING!   Confirm you have the correct path name before executing commands!
Failure to do so could cause loss of data or your GNU/Linux not to boot!!!
/dev/sde is a device path name
/dev/sde1 is a partition path name

  1. Download the GParted Live zip file.
  2. If you already have a FAT16 or FAT32 partition on your USB flash drive then skip to the next step (3).
    Otherwise prepare at least a 200 MB partition formatted with either a FAT16 or FAT32 file system.
    If the USB flash drive or USB hard drive does not have any partition, you can use a partitioning tool (e.g. gparted, parted, fdisk, cfdisk or sfdisk) to create a partition with a size of 200 MB or more.
    Here we assume your USB flash drive or USB hard drive is /dev/sdd (You have to comfirm your device name, since it's _NOT_ always /dev/sdd) on your GNU/Linux, so the partition table is like:
          # fdisk -l /dev/sdd
          Disk /dev/sdd: 12.8 GB, 12884901888 bytes
          15 heads, 63 sectors/track, 26630 cylinders
          Units = cylinders of 945 * 512 = 483840 bytes
          Disk identifier: 0x000c2aa7
    
             Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
             /dev/sdd1   *           1       26630    12582643+   b  W95 FAT32
        
    Then format the partition as FAT with a command such as "mkfs.vfat -F 32 /dev/sdd1"
    WARNING! Executing the mkfs.vfat command on the wrong partition or device could cause your GNU/Linux not to boot. Be sure to confirm the command before you run it.
          # mkfs.vfat -F 32 /dev/sdd1
          mkfs.vfat 2.11 (12 Mar 2005)
        
  3. Insert your USB flash drive or USB hard drive into the USB port on your Linux machine and wait a few seconds. Next, run the command "dmesg" to query the device name of the USB flash drive or USB hard drive. Let's say, for example, that you find it is /dev/sdd1. In this example, we assume /dev/sdd1 has FAT filesystem, and it is automatically mounted in dir /media/usb/. If it's not automatically mounted, manually mount it with commands such as "mkdir -p /media/usb; mount /dev/sdd1 /media/usb/".
  4. Unzip all the files and copy them into your USB flash drive or USB hard drive. You can do this with a command such as: "unzip gparted-live-0.4.5-2.zip -d /media/usb/"). Keep the directory architecture, for example, file "GPL" should be in the USB flash drive or USB hard drive's top directory (e.g. /media/usb/GPL).
  5. To make your USB flash drive bootable, first change the working dir, e.g. "cd /media/usb/utils/linux", then run "bash makeboot.sh /dev/sdd1" (replace /dev/sdd1 with your USB flash drive device name), and follow the prompts.
    WARNING! Executing makeboot.sh with the wrong device name could cause your GNU/Linux not to boot. Be sure to confirm the command before you run it.

    NOTE: There is a known problem if you run makeboot.sh on Debian Etch, since the program utils/linux/syslinux does not work properly. Make sure you run it on newer GNU/Linux, such as Debian Lenny, Ubuntu 8.04, or Fedora 9.

TIP:   If your USB flash drive or USB hard drive is not able to boot, check the following:

  • Ensure that your USB flash drive contains at least one FAT partition.
  • Ensure that the partition is marked as "bootable" in the partition table.
  • Ensure that the partition starts on a cylinder boundary.
    For the first partition this is usually sector 63.

GNU/Linux Method C: Unetbootin

CAUTION:   Unetbootin creates a different boot menu.
Therefore it is recommended to use method A or B.

  1. If you already have Unetbootin installed on your computer then skip to step 2.
    Otherwise install Unetbootin on your GNU/Linux computer.
  2. Download the GParted Live iso file.
  3. From GNU/Linux, run the Unetbootin program and follow the instructions in the GUI to install GParted Live on your USB flash drive.

GNU/Linux Method D: Manual - Overwite

WARNING:   Confirm you have the correct device path name before executing commands!

This method will overwrite the destination device. Hence it is critical to select the proper USB flash device.

Since GParted Live is based on Debian Live and this image is a isohybrid, the GParted Live CD image can be written directly to a USB flash drive.

  1. Download the GParted Live iso file.
  2. Insert the USB flash drive your Linux computer and wait a few seconds. Next, from a terminal window run the command:

    dmesg

    This command queries the device name of the USB flash drive. For example, you might find the device name is /dev/sde.
  3. From a terminal window, enter the following command using the gparted .iso file name and USB device path you discoved in the previous steps.
    For example:

    sudo dd if=/path-to-gparted-live.x.y.z-w.iso of=/dev/sde bs=4M; sync
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