This page explains how to install SystemRescue on a USB stick. All data on the memory stick will be deleted so make sure it does not contain any important data.
You need a recent SystemRescue, and a USB stick with enough capacity. You should use a 2GB memory stick or anything larger. You will have to get your firmware (BIOS/UEFI) to boot from the USB device before it attempts to boot from the local disk. This can be configured either in the firmware settings or by pressing a key at boot time.
This page describes multiple approaches available for installing the .iso-file you downloaded onto such a USB stick and making it bootable.
If you are running Windows on your computer the recommended installation program is Rufus as it is easy to use and creates writable filesystems.
In the previous steps
RESCUEXYZ refers to the version number, eg:
for SystemRescue-9.06. Rufus should automatically use the label which was set
on the ISO filesystem and hence it should set this label automatically on the
USB device. You should not have to change it but you should make sure the label
is correct as this is required for the device to start properly. What matters is
that the label matches the value passed to the
archisolabel boot option in the
boot loader configuration files on the device (
sysresccd_sys.cfg) so files can be found at the time the system starts from
the USB device.
When using rufus this way, a USB memory stick with a writable filesystem is created. This allows you to easily copy for example autorun scripts or YAML config files onto the USB stick with a regular file manager.
Fedora Media Writer is an alternative installation program which you can use if Rufus doesn’t work for some reason. Fedora Media Writer only creates a read-only filesystem. This doesn’t allow you to easily modify the YAML config files or add autorun scripts.
The recommended tool for installing SystemRescue to a memory stick on Linux is SystemRescue USB writer. It runs as a text-UI (or optionally, pure cli) program and is distributed as AppImage. This means it can be easily run on most Linux systems without dealing with dependency issues or similar.
sha256sum --check sysrescueusbwriter-x86_64.AppImage.sha256
chmod 755 sysrescueusbwriter-x86_64.AppImage
./sysrescueusbwriter-x86_64.AppImage [OPTIONS] <ISO-FILE>
All options and details are explained on its homepage. Also look there in case you have any issues running it as some distribution specific requirements and tips are explained there.
SystemRescue USB writer creates a USB memory stick with a writable filesystem. This allows you to easily copy for example autorun scripts or YAML config files onto the USB stick with a regular file manager.
If SystemRescue USB writer doesn’t work for you, you can use
usbimager as alternative. It can be
downloaded and executed without installation.
The archive can be extracted using
unzip and the program must be run via
sudo so it can write to the memory stick device.
This program is very simple to use as you just need to select the ISO image and
the destination removable device using the graphical interface.
usbimager only creates a read-only filesystem. This doesn’t allow you to easily modify the YAML config files or add autorun scripts.
This is an alternative if SystemRescue USB writer doesn’t work for some reason.
Select .iso filein the first menu
Fedora Media Writer only creates a read-only filesystem. This doesn’t allow you to easily modify the YAML config files or add autorun scripts.
This is a minimalist approach with a tool that is already installed on most Linux systems:
Make sure you use the right device with dd as the operation is
destructive if you write to the wrong device.
/dev/sdxis the USB stick
dd only creates a read-only filesystem. This doesn’t allow you to easily modify the YAML config files or add autorun scripts.
Another approach to install Systemrescue makes use of the software Ventoy. Ventoy allows you to create a bootable multi ISO USB drive without the need to reformat every time you want to use a different ISO.
You can also place the 32 and 64 bit version together on the USB drive, so you can choose between the necessary architecture without the need to reformat.