A while back I wrote about creating a Linux boot disk on a USB flash drive and went through the procedure myself with a cheap flash drive I had handy.  I found that while my desktop computer did recognize it as a bootable device, the boot process would only get just so far and stop with an error complaining that it couldn’t find the Linux kernel.

Since then I have learned that not all flash drives are created equal.  For no reason that is apparent to me, some can be made into successful working boot disks and others cannot.  Apparently the two that I’ve got both fall into the latter category.

This sent me first to the search engines to find out more about this problem and then to the sale pages to try to get a flash drive that would actually work in this capacity.  I found out that a lot of these devices, even when they’re the same make and model can have varying success as boot devices.  Exactly why this is true isn’t clear to me at all.

Based on some input from users, some makes have a better record as boot devices than others and it should have been no surprise that the 16GB Kingston DataTraveler 102 apparently has a higher success rate as a boot drive than many other makes.

This shouldn’t have surprised me.  Kingston has been THE authority in computer memory devices pretty much from their start and since one of the flash drives I have is a Sandisk Cruiser 1gb and the other is a generic no-name 8gb, I should know better than to expect Kingston performance out of them.  So I need to get myself a few quality kingston units and give it another go with them.

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