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Back then I found so many good howtos about this but now, I can't find any of them. Even the ones pointing to the openSuSE wiki have been deleted. One wild guess is Unetbootin, but I doubt it'd work. (Usually it never works as it should.)

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Currently I'm copying the installation files, it takes a while. –  Shiki Jul 21 '10 at 15:39
    
Guys: The Unetbootin doesn't work. The ISO is not meant to be used like this (you need sysinstall and all). In my personal opinion, we'd need a .img disk image for this. Those are the ones for USB purpose, but I can't find any on the OpenSUSE site. :( –  Shiki Jul 22 '10 at 6:48
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As of Dec 2012 (openSUSE 12.2), all the other answers to this question are wrong.

To create a bootable openSUSE USB drive, you must use openSUSE Image Writer. There are versions for Windows and Linux.

I've just successfully booted openSUSE 12.2 from a USB stick. The boot option to check the integrity of the medium froze, but the live OS works fine.

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True, and agreed. Though, it took them long enough to make such a tool. –  Shiki Dec 31 '12 at 16:25
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Install SUSE to a USB Flash Drive using the CD

This tutorial covers the process of creating a SUSE Linux USB Flash Drive using the OpenSUSE Live CD. This tutorial works much like the install to an External USB Hard drive with the exception that the user is performing a full OpenSUSE install to a USB flash drive. The process does differ slightly! This tutorial was made possible due to a custom Portable SUSE script created and provided by James Rhodes. Please note that due to the limited number of write functions a flash drive can handle before going bad, you may reduce the life of your flash drive by performing this installation.

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But noünoüno. I want to install it TO my PC.. not to a pendrive. To my internal Sata HDD. The howto covers the installing it to the pendrive. (No problem / hard feelings, but this is not the one. Thanks though :)) –  Shiki Jul 21 '10 at 13:34
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dd if=image.iso of=/dev/sdc bs=4M

Replace image.iso with full path to the openSUSE iso file sdc with device with points to your pen drive

That's how I got my pen drive to live boot openSUSE 11.2, it should work for 11.3 Once the pen drive boots, its the standard install procedure

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Does it work with iso? Usually they provide .img for this because ISO won't boot... hmm.. I'll give it a try. –  Shiki Jul 21 '10 at 15:23
    
I had downloaded the iso file from openSUSE's site, and it worked fine –  Sathya Jul 21 '10 at 17:31
    
And now, even DD died..oh man.. –  Shiki Jul 22 '10 at 6:50
    
how do you mean dd died ? –  Sathya Jul 22 '10 at 7:02
    
Ah nothing. Had to replug the device. It doesn't work. DDed the image out, but it wont boot. Guess .iso is still not for this, it is not meant to use like this. Thats why they produce .imgs usually –  Shiki Jul 22 '10 at 8:10
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http://forums.opensuse.org/english/get-help-here/install-boot-login/443077-installing-pendrive.html

I'll update this answer when we get an answer/solution. Thanks for all the tips though, sad thing they didn't work. :/

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So you want to install from a pendrive to your HDD? Unetbootin doesn't support openSUSE; you can create a bootable stick with LiveWriter. Did you have problems after that step? –  Dan Dascalescu Dec 31 '12 at 0:29
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There is no official or easy way of doing this sadly. The live image can be copied, but you are doomed if you want to use the DVD.

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Have you tried UNetBootin? I really like it, and it's worked well for me in the past. If it doesn't work, you could try Fedora's LiveUSB-Creator. And I'm guessing that, if you could boot successfully from the flash drive, there'd be no problems using the built-in installer. Finally, it may be possible to copy the contents of the *.iso directly to the flash drive via dd like this:

dd if=/path/to/opensuse.iso of=/dev/sda1

where "/dev/sda1" is the flash drive's device name. Please also note that the flash drive must be unmounted (but not ejected) for this last option to work. To be honest, though, I'm not sure how stable this last method is, so I'd really recommend UNetBootin or the LiveUSB-Creator. Good luck!

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it should be the full device ie, sda not the partition partition sda1. Last method will fail if you choose to write to a partition. Personal experience. –  Sathya Jul 21 '10 at 15:13
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When I do this UNetbootin style, it won't even boot. I choose it at boot but nothing happens, W7 loads. –  Shiki Jul 21 '10 at 15:24
    
I'm not surprised Unetbootin didn't work - TBH Unetbootin and openSUSE never seem to get along :( –  Sathya Jul 21 '10 at 17:32
    
@Sathya: Yes, you're right. I forgot about the sda v. sda1 issue. –  jrc03c Jul 21 '10 at 18:45
    
To create a bootable openSUSE USB drive, you must use LiveWriter. See my answer. –  Dan Dascalescu Dec 31 '12 at 0:27
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