I have a kickstart USB that can install Fedora 12 (yes I know it is old, but I am running a test).

Is it possible for me to insert my USB stick, and boot from it to install that operating system on my Raspberry Pi?

If not, is there a way around this?

  • No the Pi has to boot off the SD card, The rest of the OS except the boot files can be run off a USB drive
    – Darth Vader
    Jun 2, 2016 at 12:07

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By design, the RPI firmware only boots from the local physical SD card. The USB is invisible during the boot process.

Take a look at this answers, also check the 'boot' section on this.


Currently the only way to boot a Pi is from the SD card.

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