How Can You Install Slackware From ISOs on Hard Drive - (skipping CD burning process)?
How can I install Slackware from the CD ISOs on my hard drive rather than burning the ISOs and then installing? I used to just burn the ISOs, but I'm stick of wasting CDs during my serial installations, my stack of old distros in my closet is going no higher.
1- Fat32 Windows
1- Linux Swap 600MB
4- Free Partition (Where I will be installing the distro, in this case SW10.2)
5- Fat32 Data Storage Partition (Where the ISOs are located)
The closest thing I've found:
LinuxQuestions.org - Installing Fedora from ISO image
The bootdisk.img refered to is apparently particular to that Fedora release, and multi-floppy images for later releases can be found here for fedora.
1. Using raw write, copy the bootdisk.img file to a floppy
2. Hook up the USB hard drive to the laptop
3. With the floppy in the drive, power on the laptop
4. After booting, the USB hard drive should've been recognized
5. Choose Hard Drive as the installation source
6. Choose the /dev/ dir that corresponds to the USB hard drive
Example the /dev/ dir for my USB hard drive came up as /dev/sda1.
That's it! From then on, it's just like installing from the CD.
The bootdisk.img file is in the images folder of the Fedora Core 1 First CD.
Rawrite For Windows is in the dosutils of the Fedora Core 1 First CD.
Or you could download those files from an FTP mirror site.
Needless to say, this is going to save me or someone else a bunch of blank CDs!
Is there an equivalent technique that can universally applied to linux distros? For the record, I can boot from a CD no problem, so I wouldn't mind burning 4MB or whatever on a CDRW to do the trick.