How to Boot Arch Linux ISO From Hard Drive

Once upon a time, my computer was broken. The GRUB was fine but unable to load the kernel, I couldn’t remember exactly, but it was sort of kernel panic. After a spell of frustration, finally, I found a way to solve this problem. That is load ISO image from the hard drive.

Today I would like to share tips and tricks how to boot Arch Linux ISO from your hard-drive. Let’s get started

Software Requirements

Here is the breakdown of commands above.

  • We set the ISO image as arch.iso and store it in root path as /arch.iso.
  • Turn on laptop and press c during GRUB screen to enter console command
  • (optional) Press ls to list available hard disks and it’s partitions
  • In this case, arch.iso is stored in (hd0,gpt1). So let’s inspect what inside this partition by typing ls (hd0,gpt1) . Please take note the UUID for use later.
  • Let’s mount the ISO image with command: loopback iso (hd0,gpt1)/arch.iso
  • Inspect the mounted iso with ls (iso)
  • Now let set the Linux and the initrd then boot it
grub> linux (iso)/arch/boot/x86_64/vmlinuz img_dev="/dev/disk/by-uuid/uuid-of-disk-partition" img_loop=/arch.iso earlymode
grub> initrd (iso)/arch/boot/x86_64/archiso.img
grub> boot

Voila!

Conclusion

  • Arch Linux is great
  • I think we can boot any Linux iso images from hard drive, just need a little adjustment in vmlinuz params
  • Make sure to save ISO image in your hard drive in case of boot failure

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