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Running a full OS from a USB flash drive

April 3rd, 2008 · 4 Comments

I’ve posted about this before but here’s more specific instructions on how to get a full OS onto a USB stick. They recommend a 1GB stick, but go with a 4GB to give yourself space. Personally I’m doing this with a 16GB stick.
gOS Desktop

Essentials for creating a Portable gOS using Windows:

* fixgOS.exe (files within do the USB conversion)
* 1GB or larger USB flash drive (we used a 1GB stick)
* A Windows host PC to perform the build

How to install gOS on a flashdrive using Windows:

1. Format your USB flashdrive as fat32 or fat16
2. Create a folder on your desktop named gOS
3. Download the gOS ISO using a torrent client and place the ISO in your gOS folder
4. Download gOSConvert.exe and run, extracting the contents to your gOS folder
5. From your gOS folder, click fixgOS.bat to launch the converter
6. Once the converter has finished, copy the contents “from within” the newly created gOS(copytoPen) folder I.E. / gOS/gOS(copytoPen)/ to your USB flash drive
7. From your flash drive click makeboot.bat file and follow the onscreen instructions
8. Reboot your PC and select your USB device from the Boot Menu or system BIOS and proceed to boot gOS from your USB device


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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Gabe K // Jan 26, 2010 at 5:08 PM

    I’m running a IBM Thinkpad x40 with no hard drive using Gos off of a flash drive and it works great. The only problem I have is if I turn the computer off I lose all of my settings. Is there any way to have Gos see my flash drive as a hard drive so that it will save my settings? Thanks for the help! GK

  • 2 Ryan Kelly // Dec 2, 2008 at 9:59 AM

    Small comment on making the boot file.


    The last time I tried (unsuccesfully, at that) to install this operating system on my flash drive, that program overwrote that boot file to my own hard drive.

    Therefore, when I started my computer, since all the files are only on the USB drive, all I got was a GRUB_ error.

    Simple solution, just be very careful. Might help to create a restore point as well.

    **Also think the problem may have been that my flash drive was formatted into NTFS (I like to be devious), which may have led to the program writing to my hard disk rather than the USB drive.

  • 3 Jackdaw // Apr 28, 2008 at 8:05 PM

    Yes you need to download a torrent client program like azureus, or transmission. Just google for them, their are lots.

  • 4 Ev // Apr 22, 2008 at 9:15 PM

    I have a problem with these instructions.

    For some reason, the iso doesnt work right for me.

    When I go to download it, it says that I have to either find a program to run it or I have to save it.

    I choose to save it because finding another program leads me to nothing.

    Everything else works from there, except when I go to boot it.

    It ends up in a CLI and it gives me an error stating it cannot find the Linux kernel image.

    I check my files on the flash drive and I notice there is no image.

    Can you PLEASE tell me why I cant get the image?

    I understand it could be the iso. I’m new to Linux and am taking a class on it. I understand there are teachers, but this teacher doesnt really offer good help. I’ve gone to another computer teacher only to discover they know as much as I do.

    So, could someone tell me what I’m doing wrong in the instructions? What else do I need to download? A torrent client?

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