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    Default How do I install to a USB so I can boot?

    I need to install to a USB drive because I have a new Vista laptop that can't be re-formatted. I've searched for a how-to on installing to a USB thumb drive but have been unable to find one.

    I downloaded the 945mb and this is what the install.txt file says:
    USB Install:

    Copy the "boot" and "BT3" Directory to the root of your USB device.
    Under Linux, change directory to the freshly copied /boot directory on the USB device.
    MAKE sure your're in the "boot" directory on the USB device!
    run ./boostinst.sh
    unmount usb device.
    Voila.
    Here's what I did. I formatted my 2GB USB Microvault to FAT32 under Vista. I then copied all BT3 and Boot directories over to the USB drive. I put in the BT3 Live CD, Booted to it, went into the terminal screen, changed to /mnt/boot
    at the prompt I typed:
    ./bootinst.sh

    A screen came up and said that it was going to install BT3 and would over write the MBR. I don't know if that meant the MBR of my HD or my USB drive. I figured it was my HD so I stopped. Is this right?

    So how do I install it so I can boot from a USB drive?

    Thanks

    PS, the BT3 is AWESOME!!!

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    There ARE dozens of tutorials for this both here and on the wiki, try searching a little harder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by balding_parrot View Post
    There ARE dozens of tutorials for this both here and on the wiki, try searching a little harder.
    Are the RTFM keys wearing out on your keyboard too?!
    "\x74\x68\x65\x70\x72\x65\x7a\x39\x38";

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    Quote Originally Posted by theprez98 View Post
    Are the RTFM keys wearing out on your keyboard too?!
    They're worn away almost completely

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