Tuesday, May 17, 2011

How to Create a Portable Hackintosh & LINUX on a USB Thumb Drive/Stick/Pen drive

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1st-How to Create a Portable Hackintosh on a USB Thumb Drive.


There are tons of awesome live, bootable Linux systems, but what if you need to run OS X? Reader Will shows us how to put a portable version of OS X on a thumb drive and boot it on (most) Intel computers. 
People put linux on their flash drives all the time. They also get hackintosh on their hard drives quite often. However, it'd be nice to be able to get the same live experience we get with Linux using OS X. With a distribution of OS X 10.6.2 called iPortable Snow, we can.


You'll need an actual Mac to create the thumb drive (some Hackintoshes may work; mine didn't). Search your favorite torrent site for iPortable Snow and download it. While it's downloading, format your external hard drive or thumb drive (You'll need at least an 8 GB thumb drive for this). Open up Disk Utility and select the drive you want to put OS X on. Go to the Partition tab and create one partition, formatted as Mac OS Extended (Journaled). Hit Options and make sure you're using the Master Boot Record option. Then hit Apply to format the drive.
How to Create a Portable Hackintosh on a USB Thumb Drive
Now you're done with Disk Utility, so go ahead and close it. Now, open the iPortable Snow installer you downloaded. You should get a window like this:
How to Create a Portable Hackintosh on a USB Thumb Drive
Double click the icon with the umbrella labeled "iPortable_Snow_x86". That should automatically open a program called CopyCatX, which will look like this:
How to Create a Portable Hackintosh on a USB Thumb Drive
In the first window, head to the Backup or Restore section, change the selected partition to the one you formatted for your Hackintosh, and click the Backup/Restore button.
How to Create a Portable Hackintosh on a USB Thumb DriveIn the next window, click the radio button on the right to change it so that you're restoring the drive to a backup. Then hit Start. It'll ask you to find a file to restore from. Use the "iPortable_Snow_x86" volume archive file on the iPortable Snow disk image. It will start copying the files to your thumb drive.
Next, you'll have to fix the bootloader. After it's done restoring, go back to the iPortable Snow Install folder. Open "First Aid". In there, you'll find a program called iPortable Bootfix. Open it. Continue through it normally, but on the third page, click "Change Install Location" (this is very important). You need to change that to your thumb drive. Otherwise, it'll install a new bootloader on your Mac that will break it. Once it finishes, you're done. Go ahead and rename the hackintosh partition whatever you like for the sake of personalization.
You should now be able to boot from your thumb drive just like you would a live Linux thumb drive. Instead of booting into your computer's OS, you'll get the Chameleon screen with a few choices. iPortable Snow is designed to work on most Intel-based computers, though some video cards won't have advanced features (like 3D gaming) out of the box.
Ed. Note: While Will tested this on a few different Intel computers with great success, I could not get it to work on my Hackintosh at home (and sadly, the rest of my friends have Macs, with which iPortable Snow is ironically not compatible). So, if you have some time, give this a shot and let us know how it goes in the commentsdrive 
2nd-How to Install and Boot or Run Linux from a USB Flash/Stick/Pen drive.
All of we know about portable software that can be run without installing. So we don’t have to make changes to the computer. But amazing thing is that operating system also can be portable. Best portable operating system in this world is linux. There are many linux distros such as Ubuntu, BackTrack, RedHat, Fadora etc. All can be run directly from USB pendrive. 
So I have made a full tutorial about making portable Linux on removable
device on “How to Run Linux from USB“. Enjoy it..

Hey in this article I will show how to run or boot your favourate linux distribution (Shortly known as Distro) from any usb flash drive/stick.

Firstly you need an USB burning program which will burn/install your linux iso file. There are many programs to burn iso file into usn device. I will recommend you to use "UNetBootIn" which is available for free download at unetbootin.sourceforge.net . It is official website of unetbootin.
UNetbootin is the best program to install any live linux distro into USB stick.

Download your UNetbootin program for windows. Then run it inside your windows. Then you will see a window like below.


UNetBootin
Now you have to do some simple jobs. Don't be confused with many options in this window. Firstly you have to enter into 'Distribution List' and select the distribution you want to install. Then select the version. Now come to 'Disk Image' bar and select the type 'iso' instade of 'floppy img'. Then select your main linus iso file from the right side of Disk Image bar. Now from the bottom select the USB Drive as 'type' and select it's location. Other things should be unchanged. Now click on ok to continue. Then you will see the installation process like below.
After the installation, it will prompt you to restart your windows. Now restart your windows. Dont open your USB from PC. Now at bios menu, tell your your computer to boot from UBS. Then your computer will boot from yor usb. If you use linux mint then you will see a initial window like below.
Linux Mint Live Menu
Now proceed to desktop view of your favourate linux operating system. Thats all. Have fun....
                                                        iHACK

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