boot old pc from usb

Mike Lovell toelovell at
Wed Apr 2 10:02:22 MDT 2008

Brian Hawkins wrote:
> I have this IBM 300pl 600Mhz that I've been running Linux on and it runs
> great.  The problem is that the hard drive bearings are starting to fail and
> creating more noise then I care for.
> The Linux install takes up only about 3gigs of space so, I had this great
> idea of replacing the hard drive with an 8gig USB thumb drive.  The problem
> is the computer is so old it doesn't know how to boot from a USB device.
> One option I've thought of (but don't know how to go about) is to put the
> boot partition on a CD or floppy just to get it started and then have the
> rest on the USB drive.
> Can any Linux geek out there think of a clever way of doing this?
> Thanks
> Brian
PXE boot the kernel and initrd that then mounts the USB.....


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