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6.2. Installation from a Hard Drive

Once you have booted your computer, you may use ISO image files of the Fedora discs to continue the installation process. The ISO files must be located on a hard drive that is either internal to the computer, or attached to the machine by USB. You can use this option to install Fedora on computers that have neither a network connection nor CD or DVD drives.

The partition on the hard drive holding the ISO files must be formatted with the ext2, ext3 or vfat file system. In Fedora, vfat includes a range of file systems, such as FAT-16 and FAT-32, found on most removable media. External hard drives usually contain vfat (FAT-32) file systems. Some Microsoft Windows systems also use vfat file systems on internal hard disk partitions.

Before you begin installation from a hard drive, check the partition type to ensure that Fedora can read it. To check a partition's file system under Windows, use the Disk Management tool. To check a partition's file system under Linux, use the fdisk utility.

[Important] Cannot Install from LVM Partitions

You cannot use ISO files on partitions controlled by LVM (Logical Volume Management).

Select the partition containing the ISO files from the list of available partitions. Internal IDE, SATA, SCSI, and USB drive device names begin with /dev/sd. Each individual drive has its own letter, for example /dev/sda. Each partition on a drive is numbered, for example /dev/sda1.

Also specify the Directory holding images . Enter the full directory path from the drive that contains the ISO image files. The following table shows some examples of how to enter this information:

Partition type Volume Original path to files Directory to use
VFAT, NTFS D:\ D:\Downloads\F7 Downloads/F7
ext2, ext3 /home /home/user1/F7 user1/F7

Select OK to continue. Proceed with Chapter 7, Welcome Dialog .


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