Put Mandriva 2010 on a USB Flash Drive (Windows)

This simple tutorial explains how to put Mandriva 2010 on a USB Flash Drive from within Windows via the Seed tool created and supported by Mandriva. If a Mandriva One 2010 ISO is installed, the resulting USB Flash Drive can be used to try out a Live USB Mandriva, and or to Install Mandriva from USB to your Hard Drive, instead of using the CD/DVD. All recent Mandriva ISOs from Free to One are hybrids, meaning that they can be copied to the flash drive using the Seed tool.


Warning: Upon completion, Windows will think the Flash Drive is not formatted. This is because Mandriva’s Seed tool creates an image of the ISO on your Flash Drive using DD. By default, the remaining space will be unusable in Windows. Additionally to reformat the device, you will need toRestore Your USB Key as Windows will not detect the space occupied by the image and will report incorrect capacity.

Distribution Home Page: http://www2.mandriva.com

Minimum Flash Drive Capacity: Depends on the ISO used

Persistent Feature: No

Mandriva One 2010 Live USB Flash Drive Creation Essentials

  • Windows PC (XP/Vista/7)
  • Mandriva ISO (we used mandriva-linux-one-2010-spring-KDE4-europe1-americas-cdrom-i586.iso)
  • 1GB-8GB USB flash drive
  • Mandriva Seed Tool

How to put Mandriva One 2010 on a USB Flash Drive

  1. Download the Mandriva One ISO
  2. Download the Mandriva Seed Tool for Windows
  3. Start Mandriva-Seed.exe (Run as Admin)
  4. (1) Browse and Select your Mandriva ISO (2) Select your USB Flash Drive (3) Click Create Live USBMandriva Seed Tool For Windows
  5. Once the tool has finished, restart your PC and set your BIOS or Boot Menu to boot from the USB device, save your changes and reboot

If all goes well, you should now be running Mandriva 2010 from your USB Flash Drive.