Install Linux from USB Drive

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I dont have cd drom for my laptop and need to install linux using from my usb key. What is the best way to do it? Just copy the iso to usb key and boot from usb?
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Haresh NikumbhSr. Tech lead
Top Expert 2013

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Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor
Most Valuable Expert 2016
Commented:
You can download the Linux Live USB creator here:

http://www.linuxliveusb.com

and use it to 'burn' your favorite Linux distribution to you USB drive, then boot from it and install.
Top Expert 2015
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Most of the times you will suffice with this:
https://en.opensuse.org/SDB:Live_USB_stick#Download_ImageWriter
i.e/ "burning" ISO to an USB stick
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Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor
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>> Just copy the iso to usb key and boot from usb?

The essence is that just copying will not work as this will not make your USB drive bootable, you need an application to do that for you. Don't forget to set your boot sequence to USB (removable) first or press the one-time-boot-menu key for your BIOS / laptop. Have fun!
Top Expert 2015
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It really depends on the ISO image and BIOS.
Most of them have boot floppy image and partition table embedded, so you can boot on almost any system.
At least knoopix or suse boots that way, i thing ubuntu needs unetbootin or whatever that was called.
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@gheist It really depends... - I'm referring to OP's 'just copy' remark - that will not work.
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Gerwin, I was in desperate need for your schooling, asker is last in line for help.

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thank you all

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