Feb 8, 2011

Boot an ISO image from GRUB2

Now you can boot CD images in ISO format directly from the hard disk, this method is very useful for testing distributions. With the GRUB 2 feature that lets you boot a live CD ISO directly from your hard disk you can try out a new Linux distro, like the latest Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal daily ISO, without burning any CD each time.

Setting up GRUB 2 to boot an ISO can be quite a difficult process. the easiest way is to Install Unetbootin.

Unetbootin Install and settings:
The first step is the installation of Unetbootin
sudo apt-get install unetbootin

The second step is to create a new entry to boot the ISO with GRUB2. In Unetbootin, select the "Diskimage" option, then browse for an ISO and under "Type" select "Hard Disk" and leave "/" for the "Drive", then click OK:
Boot an ISO image from GRUB2

Really it's useful tool.