To install Fedora Core from discs, you need five installation CDs, or the
installation DVD. There are separate disc sets for each supported
For instructions to download and prepare this CD or DVD
installation media, refer to
http://fedora.redhat.com/download/. If you already
have the full set of Fedora Core installation media, skip to
Section 1.1, “Booting from CD, DVD, or USB Media”.
To install Fedora Core, you must use the boot and installation media
that is particular to your architecture.
You may use the first CD or DVD installation disc from the
complete Fedora Core distribution to boot your computer. The Fedora Core
distribution also includes image files for
boot-only CD or DVD media and USB media. These files can be
converted into bootable media using standard Linux utilities or
third-party programs on other operating systems.
You may boot your computer with boot-only media, and load the
installation system from another source to continue the process.
The types of installation source for Fedora include:
CD or DVD media installation discs
hard drive, either attached by USB, or internal to the
network installation server, using either HTTP, FTP, or NFS
You can use this facility to install Fedora Core on machines without
using installation discs. For example, you may install Fedora Core on a
laptop with no CD or DVD drive by booting the machine with a USB
pen drive, and then using a hard drive as an installation source.
The supported boot media for Fedora include:
||Installation from Diskettes
There is no option to either boot or install Fedora Core from
4.1. Preparing CD or DVD Media
images/boot.iso file on the first Fedora Core
installation disc is a boot image designed for CD and DVD media.
This file also appears on FTP and Web sites providing Fedora Core. You
can also find this file on mirror sites in the Fedora Core distribution
directory for your particular architecture.
To convert an ISO file into a physical CD, use the option in
your CD-writing program that burns a CD image file to a CD. If
you copy the file itself to a CD instead, the disc will not boot
or work correctly. Refer to your CD writing program
documentation for instructions. If you are using Linux, use the
following command to burn a CD image file to a blank recordable
4.2. Preparing USB Boot Media
This procedure destroys data on the
Back up any important information before you
begin. Some models of USB media use additional partitions or
software to provide functions such as encryption. This
procedure may make it difficult or impossible to access these
special areas on your boot media.
images/diskboot.img file on the first
Fedora Core installation disc is a boot image designed for USB media.
This file also appears on FTP and Web sites providing Fedora Core.
Several software utilities are available for Windows and Linux
that can write image files to a device. Linux includes the
dd command for this purpose. To write an
image file to boot media with
dd on a current
version of Fedora Core:
Locate the image file.
Attach or insert the media.
Your system may automatically detect and open the media. If
that happens, close or unmount the media before continuing.
Open a terminal window.
In the terminal window, type the following command:
dd if=diskboot.img of=/dev/sda