Install Linux on a USB disk with Unetbootin

From Linuxintro

UNetBootIn allows you to create a bootable USB disk from the network or from a bootable CD, DVD, harddisk or image. Here is how you do it. This has stopped working for me with UEFI boot computers.

For my UEFI style computer I used the software Rufus.

install unetbootin

yast -i libpng12-0-32bit p7zip
cd Downloads
chmod 777 unetbootin-linux-575

insert your USB stick

dmesg -c
  • insert your USB stick
  • find out what device has been attached by reading the syslog, e.g.:
# dmesg
[22005.395073] sd 9:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg5 type 0
[22005.397312] sd 9:0:0:0: [sdi] 15858688 512-byte logical blocks: (8.11 GB/7.56 GiB)
in this case an 8 GB USB stick has been inserted and become known as /dev/sdi

use unetbootin

  • start unetbootin:
cd Downloads
  • select which distribution you want to have installed on what disk: