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How to Make a Linux's Bootable FlashPen Drive ?

I downloaded an ISO file with about 60 MB (Damn Small Linux). If burn it in a mini-CD I get a live distro (bootable CD). My question is how to do the same using a FlashPen Drive... I can not "burn" a FlashPen Drive as I can burn a CD... Is it possible to make a live distro using a FlashPen Drive (bootable) ?
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cpaustinCommented:
Their Wiki provides a detailed walk through for this here: http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/index.php/USB_Booting 
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asgarcymedAuthor Commented:
In a more general way, is it possible to make a live/bootable FlashPen Drive without CD/DVD's ?
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asgarcymedAuthor Commented:
How to "burn" an ISO into a FlashPen Drive ?
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slow1000Commented:
Are just you trying to avoid burning the ISO to a CD before you create the bootable flash drive?
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asgarcymedAuthor Commented:
slow1000  - what I would like is to have live/bootable FlashPen Drive that can boot linux without the CD. I have no problem in burning ISO to CD or just mount ISO with Daemon Tools. Is the CD only needed to make live/bootable FlashPen Drive ? Can I boot a PC only using the live/bootable FlashPen Drive (without CD) ?
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slow1000Commented:
You can create a bootable flash pen drive that can boot without the CD--provided your bios supports booting from USB devices.   You need the CD, however, to create the setup on the usb drive.  Once this is done, you won't need to use the CD again, provided your bios does support booting from USB.  The DSL site does have info on how to do this.  

Go ahead and boot the CD, and see if it has an option to create the USB drive on the desktop or on right click with the mouse menu.  If not, or you run into any problems, post back here and I will go through the process myself, and post back some tips on how to do it.
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asgarcymedAuthor Commented:
slow1000 - thank you for your help. Just one more question - is that procedure specific of Damn Small Linux ? If I want to make another live/bootable FlashPen Drive (with other distro), the procedure is the same?
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slow1000Commented:
I believe there are other linux distros that have a similar automated feature, although when I wrote that I had DSL in mind.  It's possible to get almost any distro working on a usb drive, but the level of technical knowledge required can be quite steep.  DSL, however, is relatively easy.
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asgarcymedAuthor Commented:
slow1000 - what is the most "expert" situation? What must we do?
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slow1000Commented:
Please elucidate, I'm not sure what you are asking.  Are you asking about what you should do if using DSL?
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asgarcymedAuthor Commented:
I am asking what is the harder distro, and what to do is such case. For DSL everything is OK.
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slow1000Commented:
It would depend on the distro (there are hundreds of possibilities).  It could involve a custom initrd, etc, in worst case scenario.  For most, it would mean fun with grub, and possibly installing it to a regular hard disk, then moving the files over to the usb device and modifying them.  
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asgarcymedAuthor Commented:
Can you recommend some URL's with tutorials about it?
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slow1000Commented:
Good Article:
http://os.newsforge.com/os/05/07/08/1522251.shtml?tid=2

Featherlinux:
http://featherlinux.berlios.de/usb-instructions.htm

DSL -- see forum topic on usb booting and wiki
http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/

Syslinux and related are often the basis for these kinds of projects:
http://syslinux.zytor.com/
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asgarcymedAuthor Commented:
slow1000 - your participation was superb! Thank you a lot!
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slow1000Commented:
No problem, glad to help.
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