Image for Linux Boot from USB Questions

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by TheKid7, Aug 20, 2020.

  1. TheKid7

    TheKid7 Registered Member

    Jul 22, 2006
    I have always booted from CD/DVD to do imagine/restores with Image for Linux. However, I may need to have the capability to be able to boot from USB.


    1. Does the USB need to be formatted FAT32 or will NTFS be OK?
    2. Is there a USB drive size limitation (maximum size) for making an Image for Linux bootable USB?
    3. Is it possible to make a 500 GB USB SSD bootable and be able to write to and restore from the USB SSD?

    The device that I am considering to work with in the near future is a device with Windows 7 as the Operating System and it only has one (1) USB 2.0 port. This USB 2.0 port has to be used for Keyboard/Mouse/USB SSD Drive. I think that it has an SSD Drive for the OS. Windows Explorer the total space as around 73 GB. Currently there is only a non-powered USB Hub available with three USB connections and one optical mouse that can be plugged into this hub. The only keyboard currently is a Windows keyboard.

    With the limited details that I have given, how would you go about setting this up for imaging? It would not be routine/scheduled imaging. I was thinking cold image rather than installing Image for Windows on it. If I did install Image for Windows about how much disk space does the image for Windows installation use? I think that there is only around 20% free disk space but I don't remember the exact amount.

    Thanks in Advance.
  2. Brian K

    Brian K Imaging Specialist

    Jan 28, 2005
    NSW, Australia

    It sounds like an old laptop.

    It doesn't matter as makedisk.exe reformats the UFD.

    Makedisk supports UFDs larger than 64 GB. I prefer the smallest UFD I can find. Say 1 GB.

    Yes. Several methods. More later.

    I guess you can use the trackpad temporarily. Once IFL has loaded you can remove the IFL UFD as IFL is running in RAM and the UFD is no longer needed. You can then plug in your external USB SSD.

    Or you can have IFL installed on the internal drive and there is no need for a UFD. The IFL partition will only be 150 MB.

    About 150 MB.
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2020
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