There are several reasons why one might want to install from a USB drive.
First, download the correct image according to your needs. There are two different versions are available.
Which version you require depends on your BIOS. Sometimes it is necessary to try both versions.
This method is for Windows XP only, it will not work on Vista. For Windows Vista and Windows 7 please see end of page.
First, download PhysDiskWrite.
Next, unpack the previously downloaded IPFire image and PhysDiskWrite to the same directory (ie. c:\ipfire).
Now, drag-and-drop the IPFire image on to the PhysDiskWrite program. A command console will open, displaying the available drives. Press the corresponding number to choose the appropriate drive (your USB stick). The copy process will start. Upon completion, the window will close automatically.
If any problems are encountered, open a command console and run the program manually.
physdiskwrite -u ipfire.img
The window will then stay open, displaying information about any errors that may have occurred.
After writing the image, connect the USB drive to the computer that will be running IPFire. Before the computer will from the USB stick, it will probably be necessary to configure the BIOS. If there are no options in your BIOS relating to USB devices, it may be necessary to upgrade your BIOS to a newer version. This is an inherently risky task, and is beyond the scope of this article.
The installation will behave as though it is being installed from a CD-ROM drive.
If you still encounter problems, please ask us in the Forum.
sudo -i zcat ipfire-X.Y-install-usb-fdd.i586.img.gz > /dev/sdb
Where “sdb” corresponds to the USB stick
At first testdisk must write the MBR to the USB drive. Please remove all other USB devices, since it could lead to problems. After starting the program, select the USB stick as a device and format it as FAT, not FAT32! It is important that the MBR is in FAT format.
Now continue with syslinux. Sometimes it will not work with the newest versions, 3.x. In this case use version 2.11 as it has always worked with that version.
When ready, open a DOS box and change into the syslinux directory. Enter >syslinux.exe drive-letter:> which is the drive-letter of the USB-stick. Now some files should be written to the USB-stick (some of them are hidden).
Now we'll continue with the ISO-file. Just extract the files to the USB-stick by using your favorite packaging program or just use ISOBuster. Then, please move all files from boot\isolinux to \ (all! files) on the USB-stick. That directory can then be deleted. Now, please rename the isolinux.cfg to syslinux.cfg and delete the file isolinux.bin - and youre done !
Run the unetbootin program that you downloaded