Re: Booting from USB HDD without BIOS support

From: Stephan Keil (
Date: 06/15/05

Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2005 08:15:47 +0200

Thank you, John & Tauno, for your answers.

> What you'll want to do is create a bootable CD with the linux kernel image
> and a a compressed root filesystem that will load into a temporary
> ramdisk (see "initrd"). This initrd filesystem will contain the needed USB
> drivers to allow the kernel to find your USB hard drive and remount that
> as the root filesystem once the kernel can recognize it.

I will give it (and me ;) a try. Actually I would prefer to have the
kernel on a harddisk for easy kernel updates, but that's not so
important, a CD-RW would also do the job. (I'm out of Linux for some
years now, but in former times I compiled a new kernel approx. once a
week; may be times have changed here ?!)

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