In this tutorial, we will show step by step how to install an updatable Manjaro on a USB flash. For those new to this distro, it is a light-weight distro that is based on Arch Linux. Arch Linux is known for its simplistic approach and is typically made for Linux pros, but Manjaro bridges the gap between user-friendliness and rock-solid performance.
Be careful; this tutorial is not about creating a bootable live USB drive. Instead, we are going to install a complete version from Manjaro on a USB drive, which can be plugged into any PC and run the OS! All your saved data will remain on the USB, unlike the live USB where data doesn’t get saved. It depends on the session that is running if it’s closed or restarted then data will be gone.
- A bootable Manjaro USB or CD, which is the installer in our case
- Another USB with at least 16 GB size that will be used to install Manjaro on it
It’s highly recommended that you take care of every step during the installation, one unintended mistake can end up messing everything.
Installing complete Manjaro on a USB Flash Drive
Step 1. Insert your Manjaro bootable CD or USB and boot into it.
Step 2. Before starting the installation, insert your second USB drive where you want to install a complete Manjaro on it. Then click on the Launch Installer button.
Step 3. Select your installation language. Click Next to continue.
Step 4. Select your country. Click Next to continue.
Step 5. Select your keyboard layout. Click Next to continue.
Step 6. This step where you will define where to install the Manjaro. (If you did not insert your USB yet, then this is the time to do so. Also, if your USB is not visible, sometimes you need to restart the installer by closing and opening it again.)
Step 7. Select your USB as a storage device. (Be careful, if you choose the hard-disk option, this means Manjaro will be installed on your actual hard-disk, not the USB as needed.)
Step 8. Select the Manual partitioning option then press Next to continue.
Step 9. This one of the most critical steps, here you will be able to select the USB to install the MBR (Master Boot Record) on it. (Be careful; if you choose any other option than the USB, this definitely will cause an error later.)
Step 10. After selecting the USB as a source for the MBR installation, now select the free space and press the Create button to start creating partitions on it.
Step 11. Now we will need to create three partitions; the first partition is the “/boot/efi.” Press OK to continue.
Step 12. The second partition is the “/” one. Press OK to continue.
Step 13. The third partition is the swap partition. Press OK to continue.
Step 14. A full look on the whole partition schema is as follows. Press Next to continue.
Step 15. Now let’s create your username and password. Press Next to continue.
Step 16. The installer will let you choose an office suite to be installed. Press Next to continue.
Step 17. This is a summary of all the installation choices you have done. Press Install to continue.
Step 18. A confirmation message will appear, press the Install Now button to start the installation process.
Step 19. The installation has started; all you have to do now is to wait.
Step 20. Wait for the process to finish.
Step 21. And finally, Manjaro has been installed successfully on the USB. Press the Restart Now button. Do not forget to remove your Bootable Live USB immediately after the system restarts. Do not remove it while the system is restarting because that may cause some errors, and the system may hang during restarting.
Step 22. Now lets boot from your new USB, you will find a boot menu like the below. The boot menu should appear, which is installed on a USB, and also it will provide you with the second operating system that is installed on the hard-disk. So, do not panic if you see along with another operating system.
In the below example boot menu, you will find Manjaro and Ubuntu. This is because Ubuntu was previously installed on my hard-disk.
Step 23. Here we go! Manjaro’s welcome screen should load!
Step 24. Finally, you can start exploring your Manjaro system, and you can check your disk size.
That’s all about installing a complete Manjaro on a USB drive. I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and if you have any further questions, leave us a comment, and we will be glad to help you.