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    creating 1 bootable + 1 storage partition on thumb drive


    i have an 8GB thumbdrive that i want to install fedora live on, as well as have a partition that i can use for storage on other systems (so i can still treat the thumb drive as a thumb-drive when i dont want to boot off of it).

    so i need 2 partitions, 1 bootable linux partition, and 1 that i can use when i plug the thumbdrive into a windows/os x/already running linux box.

    i ran fdisk, created 2 primary partitions
    - both were set to vfat (i think this was the 'c' code in fdisk)
    - the first partition was toggled as bootable.

    then i ran:
    /sbin/mkdosfs -F 32 -n fc13live /dev/sdc1
    /sbin/mkdosfs -F 32 -n usbstorage /dev/sdc2

    then i tried using liveusb-creator on sdc1. it installed my FC13 live 686 iso on it, but when i boot up, i get the message "isolinux.bin missing or corrupt"

    what am i doing wrong? how can i get this image on that first partition so it boots up properly?

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    Hello and Welcome okiefloyd!

    i ran fdisk, created 2 primary partitions
    - both were set to vfat (i think this was the 'c' code in fdisk)
    - the first partition was toggled as bootable.

    then i ran:
    /sbin/mkdosfs -F 32 -n fc13live /dev/sdc1
    /sbin/mkdosfs -F 32 -n usbstorage /dev/sdc2
    You might want to try ext3 or ext4. FAT & NTFS does not do linux (I think)

    Good luck!
    Last edited by nujinini; 07-04-2010 at 06:52 AM.
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    On a thumb drive, install fedora and use ext2 file system types - the logging behavior of ext3 will shorten the life expectancy of the drive. In any case, you really can't use a FAT file system for the linux file systems other than as a read-mostly data drive - it doesn't support the file system attributes that Linux requires in order to handle executables. It (FAT) also doesn't doesn't deal with system aborts and other file system errors with any sort of reliability.
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    On a thumb drive, install fedora and use ext2 file system types - the logging behavior of ext3 will shorten the life expectancy of the drive.
    This is good info

    Thanks Rubberman
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