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Re: installating from iso



On Fri, Oct 31, 2008 at 1:38 PM, Patrick O'Callaghan
<pocallaghan gmail com> wrote:
> On Thu, 2008-10-30 at 22:04 -0400, Jerry Ro wrote:
>> Mmm.. If I understand correctly, I am past the stage that you referred
>> to me
>> in the guide - I already have a USB stick with Live CD - I think
>> that's what
>> they suggest there?
>
> Fair enough, but that's not what you implied in your earlier messages.
>
>> I actually want to install a fedora on part of the hard
>> disk. But I could maybe mount the full DVD .iso using the USB stick
>> live
>> version, after mounting the Vista partition which contains that ISO,
>> and run
>> the installation from the mounted .iso - that's what I was trying to
>> look
>> for in google. I was hoping it is possible to do that, instead of
>> having to
>> boot from the full DVD version for full installation (since I dont
>> have a
>> DVD or a 4GB USB stick...)
>
> I still can't get my head round what you're trying to do. If you have a
> Live USB stick, then why not install from that? Once you've done so, you
> can easily install extra stuff from the DVD if you have it. You can even
> do it from an ISO image of the DVD on your Windows partition (it'll mean
> mounting the partition under Linux and using a loopback mount for the
> image, but one thing at a time).
>
> What you haven't mentioned, either because you haven't realized it's
> necessary or because it's too obvious to bring up, is that you have to
> partition your hard disk to add space for Linux. Don't expect to be able
> to boot and run Fedora from a file in your Windows system (I think
> Ubuntu supports doing this if it's what you really want, but you'd need
> to ask elsewhere about that).
>
> poc

One important bit of info:
Put the OS ISO image on a FAT32 partition. Avoid NTFS.
The install doc says that one can use an NTFS partition to store the
iso image, but
that did not work for me.
Vista is installed in an NTFS partition and you may not be able to
access the image there.

I suggest two options: (a) in your PC's hard drive, create a fat32 partition and
put the OS ISO image there, or (b) put the image in an usb hard drive, then
boot with the usb stick and select Hard Drive as the install method.
To access the OS ISO image use a relative path to its location, for example:
if the path to it is C:\mydir\fedora.iso, you use "mydir/fedora.iso"

The above is clearly outlined in the F9 documentation, section 6.2:
http://docs.fedoraproject.org/install-guide/f9/en_US/sn-installing-from-harddrive.html

I suggest you save your data from the Vista partition.
~af


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