Tutorial: Setup Android x86 on a USB Drive

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  1. Dr.Hacknik

    Dr.Hacknik Maniac | Dev | Trap

    Mar 26, 2014
    United States
    my lewd corner
    Setting up Android x86 on a USB is rather Easy. Maybe, you want to have the Advantage of having your Installation everywhere you go, without carrying around a PC or Laptop, even a Tablet! Running off of a USB Can get slow at times, but usually if you have a Good USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 Drive, that shouldn't be an Issue. I'd recommend using a USB 3.0 Drive rather than a USB 2.0 Drive, since you can even get better Read/Write speeds on even a USB 2.0 Port. So, let's set this up shall we!

    What you need:
    • Around 10 Mins of Time
    • VirtualBox (Preferably, but VMWare Works)
    • A USB 2.0, or a USB 3.0 Drive (Recommended! 4GB or Larger)
    • A PC to get it all Setup
    • The Internet (In other words, a Copy of Android x86, :download:Click here, :download:Here, and :download:Here)
    Now, i'd recommend you Download Android KitKat r5, r5 has the Best Support currently, but 5.1 is available! Even 6.0! But, those are still being worked on, and they don't have the Best support for Most Hardware.

    Setting it up.

    Go ahead and Insert your USB Drive, and Format it as FAT32 (For now).
    Next Go ahead and Start up VirtualBox. Let's create a New Virtual Machine. I'll show you the Steps:


    • Go ahead and Create a New Virtual Machine.
    • Name it Whatever You want, but make sure to At least use the Windows Option (Linux Works)
    • Now, Select the Amount of RAM (Memory, not Storage) desired, 512MB, the Default works fine!
    • Select the Storage type (For vHDD)
    • Select the vHDD Type
    • Select the vHDD Mode
    • Now go to the Virtual Machines Settings, go to USB Option, and add your USB Drive.
    • Now Startup the Virtual Machine, and Select the ISO You (hopefully) downloaded.
    • Now the Virtual Machine will start. Use the Arrow Keys to select "Installation Mode".
    • Select "Create/Modify Partitions."
    • Now Select "Removable Disk." A.K.A Your USB.
    • Select "Yes"
    • Now Delete any Other Partitions, if not Continue to the Next Step.
    • Select the "Free Space", and Select "New." Continue by Pressing Enter, and Name the Partition (If you want to)
    • Now Select "Write."
    • Type "yes" and press Enter.
    • Now, the Installer will return to the Main Menu, select "sdb1", then Press Enter.
    • Select "ext3", but "ext2" works good as well.
    • Wait for it to Format....
    • Select "Yes" and Press Enter. Then Select No for EFI/UEFI.
    • Select "No" and Press Enter.
    • Wait for it to Write to the Media....
    Now, it will ask you to Reboot or Run Android x86. Go ahead and close out VirtualBox, and Reboot your PC or Eject the USB Drive, and Insert into another PC/Laptop. If your BIOS isn't Setup to boot from USB, do so. Usually these options can be found in the BIOS Settings, via F2, F3, F10, F1, etc.
    Now, Press either F10, ESC, or F12, sometimes F2 or F1. That all depends, but is usually Displayed.
    Then, select the USB Drive, usually "USB Drive Device" or the Name of the Drive (Ex: SanDisk Ultra).

    Android should start Booting Automatically, and you can Proceed with the On-Screen instructions/setup. Thank you for reading this Tutorial, and keep in mind that Android x86 is Pre-rooted, and even has the Playstore. Thanks again, and Goodbye!

    If you have any Questions, or Problems, please Comment below! :discuss:

    Resources Used in this Tutorial:

    • Windows 10 x64
    • Virtual Box
    • SanDisk Ultra 16GB USB 3.0 Key
    • Some Time
    • Pandora Internet Radio (To NOT Get bored)
    • Google Chrome (For Writing this Post)
    • The Wonderful Stock Snipping Tool
    • The Internet
    • OneDrive (For Storing my Files, Thank god for 1TB Storage! ^_^)
    • And Last but definitely not least, Android x86!

    External Links:

    :arrow: Android x86
    :arrow: VirtualBox
    :arrow: Pandora
    :arrow: Google
    :arrow: OneDrive

    Last edited by Dr.Hacknik, Mar 4, 2016
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