4.5. Can You Install Using the CD-ROM or DVD?
4.5.1. Alternative Boot Methods
- Boot DVD/CD-ROM
- If you can boot using the DVD/CD-ROM drive, you can create your own CD-ROM to boot the installation program. This may be useful, for example, if you are performing an installation over a network or from a hard drive. Refer to Section 4.5.2, “Making an Installation Boot CD-ROM” for further instructions.
- USB pen drive
- If you cannot boot from the DVD/CD-ROM drive, but you can boot using a USB device, such as a USB pen drive, the following alternative boot method is available:Your BIOS must support booting from a USB device in order for this boot method to work.Install the livecd-tools package on your system with your graphical package manager, or the following command:
su -c 'yum -y install livecd-tools'Download the
boot.isoimage file as described in Section 2.1.3, “Which Files Do I Download?” and use the livecd-iso-to-disk script to copy it to your USB device:
is the location of
is the USB media device. For example:
livecd-iso-to-disk '/home/username/Downloads/boot.iso' /dev/sdc1If you use Red Hat Enterprise Linux or a Linux distribution derived from it, you can obtain the livecd-tools package from the Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL) repository. Refer to http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/EPEL/FAQ#howtouse for details.To create bootable USB media from the
boot.isofile on a computer that uses Microsoft Windows or a Linux distribution other than Fedora, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, or those derived from Red Hat Enterprise Linux, you will need to find a tool that works for your chosen operating system.UNetbootin is a free and open-source graphical tool that can create live USB media from live image files on computers that use a wide range of different Linux distributions or Microsoft Windows. Refer to the documentation accompanying UNetbootin for a complete description of the tool and instructions on how to use it.