Re: [Linux-usb-users] Re: Linux booting from USB HD / USB interface devices

From: Matthew Dharm (
Date: Fri Aug 02 2002 - 17:32:30 EST

On Fri, Aug 02, 2002 at 02:03:02PM -0700, Randy.Dunlap wrote:
> My turn for a question:
> What files do I need to copy to a USB boot disk to be able to
> successfully boot a Linux kenrel?
> I'm already building the kernel with usb-storage support and all of
> the required SCSI support in the kernel.

You should have a full linux install on that disk. It is, after all, going
to be the root fs.

> Won't I need to put the kernel as the primary boot image,
> i.e., don't use a boot loader on the USB storage device,
> since the boot loader won't have USB storage I/O capabilities?

Depends on your motherboard. Some BIOSes allow loaders like LILO to work
because they provide the translation between the int13h calls and the USB


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