ArcaOS Bootable USB Stick Image

Release date: 
Monday, 12 February, 2018



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This package follows onto the included USB stick creation utility shipped with ArcaOS 5.0.2, allowing you to create a bootable USB ArcaOS 5.0.2 installation stick without a running OS/2 system.

It is now possible to create (write or restore, actually) the image of a bootable ArcaOS USB stick under practically any major operating system, from Windows 2000 through Windows 10, most modern Linux distros (2.4 kernel and newer), and Mac OSX, as well as from OS/2 versions from Warp 4 and newer, all versions of eComStation, and of course, from another ArcaOS installation.

In addition, it is possible to “build” the USB stick image natively, from the tool located in the AOSBOOT directory of the ArcaOS ISO. This requires a running OS/2 system, with REXX capability.

Installing the Operating System using  USB sticks will be very fast!

This software is distributed as compressed package. You have to download and manually install it; if prerequisites are required, you will have to manually install them too.

Manual installation

Program is distributed as ZIP package: download to temporary directory and unpack to destination folder. See readusb.txt to build your USB bootable stick. See below for download link(s).

Following ones are the download links for manual installation:

ArcaOS Bootable USB Stick Image v. 20180212 (12/2/2018, Arca Noae LLC) Readme/What's new
Arca Noae is pleased to announce the immediate availability of our new ArcaOS Bootable USB Stick Image 2018-02-12 Package. This package follows onto the included USB stick creation utility shipped with ArcaOS 5.0.2, allowing you to create a bootable USB ArcaOS 5.0.2 installation stick without a running OS/2 system. The package includes native binaries to restore the stick image from Windows, Mac, and Linux, as well as OS/2. Once the image is restored, eject, re-insert, and simply copy your personalized ISO (separately downloaded) to the stick per the included directions, which are also detailed in the ArcaOS support wiki. The stick may then be inserted into any USB 2.0-controlled port in the target system, which is then booted into the ArcaOS installer. If you are still running OS/2 and/or eComStation systems and haven’t yet moved up to ArcaOS, this is a great time to do so. It’s never been easier to install any OS/2-based operating system. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- BE CAREFUL TO NOTE THE TARGET DISK FOR THE OPERATION TO AVOID TRAGEDY!!!! Instructions: 0.0. Ensure that you have a partition backup of your installed drives. 0.1. Ensure that you have a filesystem backup of your installed drives. 0.2. Download the ArcaOS 5.0.2 ISO as usual. 1.0. Download the ArcaOS 5.0.2 USB image package. 2.0. Extract the image package to the same directory as the ISO. 2.1. Optional: Verify the MD5 checksum of the .imz. 3.0. Insert a USB stick of at least 1799MB in size TO BE OVERWRITTEN. You will be given a confirmation prompt during the procedure. Be sure that you are directing the image to the right device. ** READ THIS STEP AGAIN ** 4.0. Run the DFSee script: 4.1. on OS/2 / eCS / ArcaOS: dfsanos2.exe -q run aosboot.dfs <Enter> 4.2. on Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10 (and variants) as Administrator as: .\dfsanwin.exe -q run aosboot.dfs <Enter> TIP: To get to the Command prompt, or Power Shell prompt in later versions of Windows, display the directory in Windows, then click File, and select to open Command Prompt or Power Shell, then select the option to open in administrator mode. 4.3. on Linux (kernel 2.4? 2.6? and above) with appropriate permissions as: chmod +x dfsanlinux <Enter> sudo ./dfsanlinux -q run aosboot.dfs <Enter> 4.4. on Mac OS X as: chmod +x dfsanmacos <Enter> 4.4.1. insert stick and unmount any existing filesystems on it first (skip this step if the stick has already been wiped): sudo ./dfsanmacos disklist <Enter> diskutil unmountdisk /dev/rdisk# <Enter> (where # is the device number as reported in the disklist, e.g., rdisk2, rdisk3, etc. - *not* the DFSee *Disk* number) 4.4.2. finally, run: sudo ./dfsanmacos -q run aosboot.dfs <Enter> ** Assuming the USB stick is the smallest disk in the system, it should be selected as the target automatically. Note that if you have a configured RAM disk, this may be the smallest disk, so review the target disk and confirm before proceeding. If the target should be a different disk, respond N to the confirmation prompt, and restart the procedure as: dfsanxxx -q run aosboot.dfs <disk no> <Enter> (where xxx is the platform executable designation) Again, confirm the target of the operation. 5.0. Once the image has been written, eject and reinsert the stick. 6.0. Copy arcaos-5.0.2-en.iso to: <USB stick>\ARCA_ISO\ARCAINST.ISO or, on Linux or Mac: <USB stick device>/ARCA_ISO/ARCAINST.ISO ** CAUTION ** On operating systems which are case sensitive and/or VFAT-capable, ensure that the ISO filename is specified in UPPER CASE. The resulting USB stick should function exactly the same as one built using the AOSBOOT.CMD script.NIME_DIC.txt.
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