Using anyboot image directly on HDD partition without USB

Forum thread started by ondrejd on Sun, 2010-09-26 11:49

Hi, can anybody tell me if I can use anyboot installation image directly on HDD partition withtout using of USB? I mean using dd directly on second partition because I'm unable to boot from USB stick (even my laptop says that it supported). Can I copy this image to the free partition make it bootable and use it?


Re: Using anyboot image directly on HDD partition without USB

Yes, I've done this quite a few times.
Just use the dd command to copy the image from wherever you have it to your free partition.
Then use makebootabletiny ( the partition bootable.
One problem is that your the image will be "embedded" in something like 600 MB irrespective of what your free partition size is, so your free space will be very limited.
However, there's an easy way to overcome this problem.
If you don't know about it, or can't find it by searching on this forum, just post.

Re: Using anyboot image directly on HDD partition without USB

Thanks for quick reply but please tell me more:

  1. About makebootabletiny - it's a Linux application can I use for the same reason any Windows tool like Partition Magic? I know that dd is available for Windows so there is not a problem but makebootabletiny is not.
  2. How I overcome the problem with the size?
  3. Is the anyboot right image? I somewhere see that people using images for VM...


Re: Using anyboot image directly on HDD partition without USB

Sorry, but my Windows knowledge/experience/interest is very limited. However, I very much doubt that Partition Magic would allow you to make a bfs partition bootable.
If you cannot find a Windows version of makebootabletiny, you could always make a small Linux partition, use it to make your bfs partition bootable and scrub the Linux partition.
This would, of course, be very much easier from a Haiku partition where you can directly use the makebootable utility to make any bfs partition bootable. Indeed, you can initialize any partition to bfs before you make it bootable.
Alternatively, you can use the Haiku Live CD or USB-key to do the same job on any partition.
Now, the need to use makebootabletiny came from my experience with much earlier versions of Haiku (pre-alpha).
I have the impression that dd'ing the image now (with Haiku R1 Alpha 2 or later nightlys) will act