Documentation

Create the live usb version from Windows 1st method

Advantage
  • The key can boot in BIOS and UEFI (UEFI : version 9.1RC1 and higher)
Disadvantage
  • All the disk space of the key is used

Download Ikki_Boot.iso https://ikkiboot.tuxfamily.org/en/download.html

Download the portable version of Rufus from the official website https://rufus.ie/

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Plug in your USB flash drive

Be careful, all the content of the key will be DELETED

Make a BACKUP of your USB flash drive before

Double click on Rufus to execute it and click on Yes

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Click on Yes to check for application updates online

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Click on the select button

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Click on Ikki_Boot.iso then on open

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Before clicking on ready, check the device size to confirm that the size matches that of your USB flash drive

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Click on the start button and Check the box Write in DD image mode and click on ok

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A warning message appears, click on ok

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The image is written on the USB flash drive

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Click on close when the operation is finished

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You can now reboot your PC and choose your USB flash drive as the boot device

Information: on recent computers it is necessary to disable the secure boot in order to be able to boot on the key.

Create the live usb version from Windows 2nd method

Advantage
  • You can use the remaining space to store data on your key
  • You can hide all Ikki Boot files and folders
Disadvantage
  • The key can only start in BIOS
  • The key being in FAT32 the maximum size of a file that can be stored is 4 GB

Download Ikki_Boot.iso or Ikki_Boot_USB.zip https://ikkiboot.tuxfamily.org/en/download.html Download and install 7-Zip https://www.7-zip.org/download.html

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Decompress with 7zip by right-clicking 7-zip/Extract to Ikki Boot:

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Once unzipped, select all files and folders present

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Make a right click copy :

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Plug in your USB flash drive and right-click paste to the root :

Your key must be formatted in FAT32

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On the key open the script folder :

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Launch install_syslinux_en.cmd by right-clicking and running as administrator :

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Press a key :

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Optional: hide Ikki Boot files and folders

On your USB key run the file Ikki_Boot.cmd

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You can now reboot your PC and choose your USB flash drive as the boot device

Information: on recent computers it is necessary to disable UEFI and the secure boot in order to be able to boot on the key.

Create the live USB version from Linux 1st method

Advantage
  • The key can boot in BIOS and UEFI (UEFI : version 9.1RC1 and higher)
  • You can use the remaining space to store data on your key
  • The persistent partition is in NTFS format which can be used from Windows and Linux
  • All you have to do is execute a script
Disadvantage
  • The procedure takes time (about 25 min for a 16 GB key)

Download Ikki_Boot.iso https://ikkiboot.tuxfamily.org/en/download.html

Then click on the link https://download.tuxfamily.org/ikkiboot/Ikki_USB_Creator_en.txt and right-click “Save Page As”

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You must now have both files in the Downloads folder

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Open a Terminal as root

Move to the directory where the files were downloaded

cd /home/julien/Downloads

Rename the file Ikki_USB_Creator_en.txt to Ikki_USB_Creator_en.sh

mv Ikki_USB_Creator_en.txt Ikki_USB_Creator_en.sh

Give the execution rights

chmod +x Ikki_USB_Creator_en.sh
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Plug in your USB key and run Ikki_USB_Creator_en.sh

./Ikki_USB_Creator_en.sh -i Ikki_Boot.iso

Press the letter “y” and press Enter to confirm

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Confirm the deletion of your USB key by entering “YES” and press Enter to validate

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Wait until the procedure is completed

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You can now reboot your PC and choose your USB flash drive as the boot device

Info: On recent computers it is necessary to deactivate the secure boot in order to be able to boot on the key

Create the live USB version from Linux 2nd method

Advantage
  • The key can boot in BIOS and UEFI (UEFI : version 9.1RC1 and higher)
Disadvantage
  • All the disk space of the key is used

Download Ikki_Boot.iso https://ikkiboot.tuxfamily.org/en/download.html then open a Terminal in root

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Go to the directory where the file was downloaded

cd /home/julien/Downloads

Plug in your USB flash drive

Be careful, all the content of the key will be DELETED

Make a BACKUP of your USB flash drive before

List the devices currently connected

fdisk -l

Example with an 16 GB key

Well noted the name of the disk, here /dev/sdb

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Check that the name of the disk matches your USB flash drive

fdisk -l /dev/sdX

Replace /dev/sdX with the name of your device

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The disk has an available size of 14.3 GB this corresponds well to our 16 GB key

WARNING: Although the process of imaging Ikki Boot onto a USB drive is very easy, you can just as easily overwrite a disk drive you didn’t intend to with dd if you do not understand what you are doing, or if you specify an incorrect output path. Double-check what you’re doing before you do it, it’ll be too late afterwards.

The example command below assumes that the ISO image you’re writing is named “Ikki_Boot.iso” and is in your current working directory

dd if=Ikki_Boot.iso of=/dev/sdX bs=4M status=progress && sync

In the command line /dev/sdb has been replaced by /dev/sdX

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If you see dd: invalid status flag: ‘progress’, your dd version doesn’t support the status=progress option and you’ll need to remove it. In this case, you won’t see writing progress

You can now reboot your PC and choose your USB flash drive as the boot device

Info: On recent computers it is necessary to deactivate the secure boot in order to be able to boot on the key

Create the live USB version from Linux 3rd method

Advantage
  • You can use the remaining space to store data on your key from Linux
Disadvantage
  • The key can only start in BIOS

Download Ikki_Boot.iso or Ikki_Boot_USB.zip then open a Terminal in root

Go to the directory where the ISO or Zip file was downloaded and unzip to a temp folder

cd /home/julien/Downloads
7z x Ikki_Boot.iso -o./temp
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Plug in your USB flash drive and launch GParted

Select your key in the top right corner (the size of your key will help you find it)

Example with an 8 GB key

Well noted the name of the partition here /dev/sdc1

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!!! Please note that the following operations will delete all data from your USB stick !!!

If your key is already in Ext3 you can skip this step

Right-click on the partition and then Format to Ext3

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Apply All Operations

A message appears reminding you that your USB stick will be deleted

Click on Applys

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Right-click on the partition and choose Manage flags, then check “boot”

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Mount your USB flash drive

Usually it is enough to double click on the icon of the key present on the desktop.

On the Terminal, enter the following command to verify that the key is mounted correctly: (replace /dev/sdc1 with the partition name of your key)

mount | grep /dev/sdc1
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You can see that the key is mounted in the /media/julien/Ikki_Boot folder

Copy Ikki Boot to your USB stick (replace /media/julien/Ikki_Boot/ by the path where your key is mounted)

cp -rf temp/* /media/julien/Ikki_Boot/

Move to the linux folder

cd temp/script/syslinux/linux/

Write Syslinux MBR on your key

(Please note that you must replace /dev/sdc1 with the partition name of your key)

dd conv=notrunc bs=440 count=1 if=mbr.bin of=/dev/sdc1
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Modify rights to make extlinux executable

chmod +x extlinux

Install extlinux on your key

Replace /media/julien/Ikki_Boot by the path where your key is mounted

./extlinux -i /media/julien/Ikki_Boot/boot/syslinux/
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The message “is device /dev/sdc1” confirms that the installation went well

Detach your USB stick

(replace /media/julien/Ikki_Boot by the path where your key is mounted)

umount /media/julien/Ikki_Boot/

You can now reboot your PC and choose your USB flash drive as the boot device

Info: On recent computers it is necessary to deactivate UEFI and the secure boot in order to be able to boot on the key

Burn an ISO file

Launch your usual burning software and choose Burn image

Example with Brasero :

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Select an ISO file and click Burn

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The operation is performed

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Check the health of your hard drive

Start on Ikki Boot and launch GParted

Once started right-click File/System utils to open GSmartControl :

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Select your disk

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Double-click to open the menu and then click the Self-Tests tab to test your disk

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Select your test from the Test Type list, the estimated duration is displayed and click Execute to start the test

Once the test is completed, the Status must display Completed without error