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How to install EasyOS on your hard drive

March 17, 2019 — BarryK

When writing a tutorial, there is a temptation to explain every little detail, resulting in the reader's eyes glazing over. This page is a tutorial about how to install EasyOS on a PC hard drive, rotating-platter, eMMC, SSD, or whatever, and it is hoped to provide enough detail so as to be easy to read, with links to further reading, or alternative installation methods. It is hoped that you find a pleasant balance is achieved.

This page has been created for EasyOS 1.0.12 or later. Some steps will be different for earlier versions.

Alternative installation methods


Install to PC with existing rEFind boot manager

March 17, 2019 — BarryK

The main install-to-hard-drive page is here, with links to to alternative install scenarios:

This page is one of those scenarios...

This is a tutorial to install EasyOS on a PC with UEFI-firmware, which already has rEFind boot manager installed.

Here is the scenario for this page:

The case study is the Author's mid-tower PC, which has Intel i5 CPU, 16GB RAM, 1TB and 4TB rotating-platter hard-drives, and one 500GB SSD.
The 1TB HD has sda1 to sda9 partitions, with sda1 a fat32 ESP partition with rEFind boot manager. The PC does not have Windows, it has various Linux distributions.


Easy frugal installation

March 13, 2019 — BarryK

EasyOS is downloaded as an image file for a USB-stick, that you can boot on your PC. This will get you up and running with EasyOS, however, you might then want to install Easy to the hard drive in the computer. That is what this page is about.

However, a qualification: This page focuses on the installation requirements of older computers, with traditional BIOS, not the "new fangled" PCs with UEFI-firmware (which is, technically, still a "BIOS", but we tend to refer to the older one as BIOS and the newer as UEFI). Most PCs manufactured from 2012 onward have UEFI-firmware.

Another qualification: This page is written for Easy 1.0.12 or later. There might be differences in the procedure with earlier versions.


How to install EasyOS on a new SSD

March 13, 2019 — BarryK

This is another installation tutorial on installing to internal hard drive or SSD. Previously, there was one written specifically for older traditional-BIOS x86 computers:

And there was another written for modern UEFI-firmware x86 computers (manufactured since 2012):

The second tutorial used the Author's Mele PCG35 Apo mini-PC as a case-study. This tutorial also uses the Mele.


Prepare your computer for booting Linux

January 22, 2019 — BarryK

The end-goal is to explain how to install EasyOS on your desktop PC or laptop, alongside Windows or other Linux distributions, which is known as "dual booting". However, at the very beginning, you have a computer with Windows installed, and there are some basic steps to take to prepare it for dual-booting. That's what this page is about. In other words, read this page FIRST.

The Author (Barry Kauler) purchased a mini-PC, a Mele PCG35 Apo, in September 2017. Very inexpensive at just US$179 including international postage (in Australian dollars, Barry paid about $235). Quite fast CPU, excellent specs, Win10, passively-cooled. Here is a photo:



How to write EasyOS to a flash drive

December 13, 2018 — BarryK

EasyOS is a Linux distribution deployed as an image-file that may be written to a USB Flash drive, then booted. There are two aspects to this:

  1. After having downloaded the image-file, how do you write it to a USB Flash stick?
  2. How do you get the computer to "boot" (startup EasyOS) from the USB drive?