SDB:Create a Live USB stick using Windows
tagline: From openSUSE
Create bootable USB drive with Rufus
- Download the current ISO image of openSUSE Leap or Tumbleweed. The filename ends with ".iso".
- Download and start Rufus
- Plug a USB drive into you computer and select it in Rufus (see screenshot) Warning All data on the drive will be destroyed. The drive can be reformatted and used as a normal drive again after the setup is finished.
- Select the .iso file in Rufus with a click on the CD drive button located on the center right of the window. This should then automatically change some settings. Especially "Create a bootable disk using" should change to "DD Image".
- Click "Start". The copy process takes a couple of minutes.
- Unplug the USB drive. It now contains a bootable openSUSE installation.
Download ImageUSB and follow the instructions on their page.
Using SUSE Studio ImageWriter
This method will keep all current data in your USB medium. Demonstration is provided in this video. Note: These instruction will not work, if your computer boots via UEFI (like most computers made after ~2011-2012 and all computers with preinstalled Windows 8/8.1/10); at first you must go to BIOS, enable Legacy boot (i.e. dissable UEFI/secure boot option)!
- Copy ISO into "boot" folder of USB flash.
- Extract "initrd" and "linux" files into "boot" folder of USB medium. These files located in boot\i386\loader or boot\x86_64\loader directory of ISO image. For ISO mounting you can use, for example, Pismo File Mount Audit Package.
- GRUB4DOS installation into MBR of USB flash:
- download RMPrepUSB and install it;
- start RMPrepUSB;
- select your medium;
- click "Install GRUB4DOS";
- confirm GRUB installation to MBR;
- confirm GRUB installation to selected medium;
- confirm GRLDR copying into selected medium.
- Create "menu.lst" file in root folder of USB key. Content of "menu.lst" should be (in both places – in line 2 and in line 5 – replace openSUSE.iso with real name of your ISO file):
timeout 10 title openSUSE.iso uuid () > nul set UUID=%?% set ISO=openSUSE.iso kernel /boot/linux isofrom=/dev/disk/by-uuid/%UUID%:/boot/%ISO% isofrom_device=/dev/disk/by-uuid/%UUID% isofrom_system=/boot/%ISO% loader=syslinux splash=silent quiet initrd /boot/initrd
Reboot your computer from USB stick.
Write access problems
If you get write access problems with the USB drive you can try to reformat the drive in Windows prior to writing the image.
This situation would happen very rarely, but in the even that your computer doesn't boot from the LiveUSB/DVD from the steps above, you might try the following procedure.
C:\> diskpart DISKPART> list disk «--- print disks DISKPART> select disk 0 «--- select disk number DISKPART> list partition «--- print partition table DISKPART> select partition 1 «--- select the first partition DISKPART> active «--- activate disk/partition (bootable) DISKPART> exit «--- exit
Unlike fdisk, diskpart will perform changes as you enter them, therefore, there is no write instruction.