DriveDroid allows you to boot your PC from ISO/IMG files stored on your phone.
This is ideal for trying Linux distributions or always having a rescue-system on the go… without the need to burn different CDs or USB pendrives.
Drive Droid also includes a convenient download menu where you can download USB-images of a number of operating systems from your phone.
You can also create USB-images which allows you to have a blank USB-drive where you can store files in. Another possibility is to use tools on your PC to make a bootable USB-drive out of the blank image that Drive Droid created.
How do you make this work?
Connect your phone to your PC using an USB cable
Download an image file (.iso or .img) or create one
Select the image file in DriveDroid to let your phone ‘host’ the file over USB
(Re)start your PC and make sure the correct boot priority is set in the bios
The image should now be booted on your PC
To quickly try DriveDroid download SliTaz from the download menu. It is an operating system of only 35MB, so it should be easily downloaded.
You can also create a 100MB FAT image through the ‘Create blank image…’-menu. It should show up as a normal empty USB-drive on your PC.
USB cable (from phone to PC)
USB Mass Storage (UMS) should be enabled on your ROM (being able to mount SD card)
Some devices have trouble with UMS. Please enable UMS though DriveDroids preferences. If that does not work, send me a support email, also through the preferences.
Some .iso files do not support being booted over USB, but most popular Linux distibutions are. All images that are downloadable through DriveDroid are supported.
Do NOT use DriveDroid while your SD card is mounted (being used on your PC). This can cause loss of data.
The following devices are known to not have USB Mass Storage at the moment: Galaxy Note 2, Nexus 10 and Allwinner devices
DriveDroid user reviews :
DriveDroid 0.9.29 Works great on my LineageOS 15.1 device but the most recent update does not ever complete initial setup. Love the app besides latest version breaking functionality. Pro version purchased! UPDATE: When doing a fresh install of DriveDroid 0.10.50 setup wizard would hang and never work. After installing and setting up with old version, the new version upgrades and bypasses the setup wizard allowing the latest version to function as intended.
wont work on my laptop, it doesnt want to boot via usb mode but only can boot in cd rom mode, but got stuck in windows 10 installation at driver selection. EDIT : Boi i use wrong step to install , now it’s real work, i think i don’t need to buy flashdisc anymore to install os 😂. Step : Create blank space, give it a name and 3999mb size, create, from your computer burn iso to the storage with rufus, done :)
So, the only problem with the app is that you can’t use Microsoft Windows images, tho I managed to fix my laptop with the Debian i386 given in the app. Thank you for creating this app!!
Unique app, unique idea. Kudos to the dev, it deserves 5 stars.
Saves a lot of time and USB drives.. Good work . Keep it up and free..
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