Use a USB stick to boot OS(s)

By gamingguy27
Sep 25, 2010
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  1. Hello,

    Is there a way anyone knows of using a USB stick to boot other OSes?

    I have a couple of linux distros, and Windows 7 - all on independant disks with the bootloader on each respective disk.

    I was thinking, use a bootable USB to choose which to load?


  2. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    Yeah its possible. I actually use exactly the same setup on my Slackware install on my main PC. I don't even have grub installed, so unless the USB memory stick is inserted, it just boots W7 as if Linux doesn't exist. If you feel you can handle Slackware you could do this very easily.

    It was specified as an option though in the installer menu.

    Easier options though, would be too:

    1. Just install grub to the MBR.
    2. Run Linux from a USB memory stick full stop.

    Is there a particular reason for needing to do this?

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