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Hi all, I am trying to create a bootable usb drive with any linux OS preferably fedora and maybe a backtrack manually and not with 3rd party software but I ...
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    creating a bootable USB drive - Grub


    Hi all,

    I am trying to create a bootable usb drive with any linux OS preferably fedora and maybe a backtrack manually and not with 3rd party software but I am having difficulty.

    I have a 4gig usb drive.

    I laid down a ext3 partition
    ~ mke2fs --> which was successful
    ~ I also copied my boot directory from a previous fedora install

    Now on my usb drive I have a boot dir and w/in that boot directory I have all the grub stuff.

    When I boot to the usb drive only a grub command line show and I can't do anything on it.

    In my grub directory I do have an Image and initrd file.

    Any help for a simple process would be much appreciated as I have been reading grub material all week and still not getting too far.

    Thank you!

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    Did you install Fedora to the usb?
    If so, how?
    What operating system is installed on the computer?
    I also copied my boot directory from a previous fedora install
    That won't make it bootable. If you could answer the above questions and with your usb drive attached run the command:

    fdisk -l(lower case letter L in the command)

    post the output here and post the contents of the /boot/grub/grub.conf file on your flash drive.

    In my grub directory I do have an Image and initrd file.
    Image?? You mean the fedora iso image?

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    I do not have an .iso copy on the usb drive. I suppose one should be included within the drive?? -> Is this correct?

    Please let me know ifmore info is needed.

    Below is my single partition on the usb drive

    Disk /dev/sdb: 4012 MB, 4012900352 bytes
    59 heads, 28 sectors/track, 4744 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 1652 * 512 = 845824 bytes

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sdb1 2 4745 3917824 83 Linux

    Below is the contents of the Boot directory -> the only directory on the usb drive

    config-2.6.18-238.el5 lost+found System.map-2.6.18-238.el5
    grub message vmlinuz-2.6.18-238.el5
    initrd-2.6.18-238.el5.img symvers-2.6.18-238.el5.gz

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