View Full Version : ISO to HD

01-18-2003, 06:38 PM
How can i take my linux partition and simply put the ISO of the knoppix CD on it...

Would that work to boot? or would i need something else. sine it seems that knoppix is only really knoppic from the CD.. .. . .. a regular HD install just gives Debian.

I want knoppix... in all it's glory .......

er.. something ;/

would there be reasons i couldnt' jsut copy the ISO onto my harddrive (little things like.. it WON"T WORK)...

I dont' knwo much about linux.. I 'm looking for 'my' distro ... and i liek knoppix the best so far.

any tips for installign knoppix woudl be mucha ppreciated!.... (i'm goignt o try to compile my own kernel.. and stick it into knoppix... i think i'm in over my head)

01-18-2003, 08:21 PM
Try doing this.

- Boot off a Knoppix CD ( whatever version you already have )

- Create a linux partition large enough to hold at least 2 iso images. ( at least 1.5 GB )
Let us call this /dev/hdXX for the following steps.

- Fomat this linux partition as ext2 or ext3 filesystem.
mkfs -t ext2 /dev/hdxx

- Mount this linux partition
mkdir -p /mnt/staging && mount /dev/hdxx /mnt/staging

- Download the iso image of a Knoppix CD ( whatever you want to test )
into the /mnt/staging directory. Le us call it Knoppix-new.iso

- Use md5sum to check whether the iso image is fine.

- Mount this iso image using loopback
mkdir -p /mnt/newknoppix
mount -t iso9660 -o loop,ro /mnt/staging/knoppix-new.iso /mnt/newknoppix

- Copy the contents of the knoppix-new.iso cd to /mnt/staging filesystem
cd /mnt/newknoppix
cp -a * /mnt/staging

- Create a boot floppy using the boot.img from the newly downloaded knoppix-new.iso
dd if=/mnt/newknoppix/KNOPPIX/boot.img of=/dev/fd0

- Assuming everything went fine so far, we are ready to boot from the floppy.

- There should be no other linux filesystem on the machine with a valid KNOPPIX directory,
that comes earlier in the search order.

- Make sure to sync and unmount all filesystems mounted rw.

- Reboot leaving the floppy in the drive.

- Make sure the bios boots from the floppy drive.
As it boots the new Knoppix system should be discovered and booted into a full fledged knoppix
system as though running from CD.

- If it fails you will be thrown into a small recovery shell. If this happens, revisit the earlier
steps, read the man pages for all the commands, fix any errors, come back and update this

- I hope this is useful to you.


01-19-2003, 07:16 PM
wow thank :]

I'm going to have to try that !

Would i alwyas need a bootdisk though?... Couldn't i boot the kernel image through LILO at my boot prompt... The reason i want it installed on my HD is so i dont' haev to carry around a CD and that so changes i make are saved each and every time...

01-24-2003, 02:23 AM
So has anybody tried this methos successfully?
I tried and it didn't work.

01-24-2003, 02:24 AM
So has anybody tried this methos successfully?
I tried and it didn't work.

01-24-2003, 08:23 AM
I posted the steps after I tried them out myself.

Could you please make a step-by-step note of what you did,
with the exact commands, filenames and device names,
and post it here ?

I would like to know how far you could get.

Let me try to help you and also see if my procedure misled you
in any way.