USB Flash Drives
Using a USB flash stick to save files
Note that storing data to USB is available only in TENS, not Bootable Media.
After inserting a USB flash stick into a running session of TENS™, it will be automatically mounted under /mnt/usbdevices. The most likely mount point is /mnt/usbdevices/sda1 but be prepared for a different name. Once it is mounted, look for the icon on the desktop or use the file browser to access the USB stick.
TENS™ supports FAT, FAT32, and NTFS formatted devices.
NOTE: If you booted TENS™ from a USB flash stick, do not use the same stick to store data.
Creating your own bootable USB flash stick using MS-Windows
Caveats for creating your own TENS™ on USB:
- This process only works on Windows computers.
- You will first need to burn the TENS™ .iso to a CD-ROM so that you can access its contents. (Alternatively, you can use disc image mounting software.)
- The installation script can format the USB stick. This is highly recommended, but note that it destroys any data previously on the stick.
- The format utility requires Windows administrator rights.
Steps for creating your own TENS™ on USB:
- Do not boot TENS™; simply insert the TENS™ CD and open it under Windows Explorer.
- The CD should contain a folder named InstallToUSB; navigate to this folder.
- Insert a USB flash stick in your computer and take note of its drive letter.
- Run the USBInstall.bat in the folder you opened earlier. If you plan on formatting the USB stick, you will most likely need to run the batch script with administrative rights. (If you are using a USB stick with a capacity >4GB AND running a version of TENS prior to 3.0 or Bootable Media prior to 2.0, you should choose 'N' on the question regarding formatting your USB stick.)
- Follow the prompts and it should install TENS™ to the flash stick.
Creating your own bootable USB flash stick using Linux
First, download and install unetbootin for Linux. After running it, select the Disk Image option, then select the TENS™ ISO file. Select the type of disk as "USBdrive" and choose the appropriate drive for the memory stick. Follow the "If using Linux" instructions in the program.
BalinaEtcher is also a supported utility.
You can also mount the .ISO as a drive and copy the files to an existing bootable USB stick. Not all utilities will work — some of these programs will put their own boot system on the drive. In order for TENS to work properly, it must have our syslinux configuration.