I have an OpenSuSE 11.2 32-bit installation DVD from DLHSites.com. I've used it to install OpenSuSE on my laptop and desktop. Now I want to use it to create a bootable USB flash drive for a friend. Can I do it?
I've read the OpenSuSE SDB article on creating a bootable USB flash drive from either a network download or an ISO image on a DVD. Neither case seems to apply here, since there's no ISO image on the installation DVD.
My friend's hard-drive seems to be wearing out. She's running OpenSuSE 10.2. Her root partition fsck fails at boot, and Ctrl-D fails to fix the problem. Other partitions seem to be ok, for the time being -- including the initial Windows partition, which she has now started using again because Linux won't come up.
I'd like to install 11.2 for her, but I don't want to install onto a defective drive. At the same time, I don't want to replace the drive because I don't want to dispose of the OEM Windows on partition 1.
I'm thinking that a live Linux running on a USB stick might be the solution. I know that USB memory has a lifetime of about 100,000 read/write cycles, at best, but I don't know how that translates into time. It depends on how much she uses the system and how often RAM is used in place of persistent storage. I've also read that there is even a limit to how many times the USB stick can be mounted before it fails. Are my concerns justified?
Oddly enough, my own harddrive, running under 10.2, failed with the same symptoms a week or two before hers did. The coincidence is hard to explain, since my computer is 11 years old and hers only about 4, and I installed 10.2 about two years before she did.