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Making a UEFI bootable iPXE USB drive

Making a UEFI bootable iPXE USB drive

Build the UEFI executable for iPXE

# First we'll clone iPXE
$ git clone git://
# Go into the src directory of the cloned git repo
$ cd ipxe/src
# Compile the UEFI iPXE executable
$ make bin-x86_64-efi/ipxe.efi

Format the USB drive

# First we'll wipe the USB drive (THIS WILL DESTROY ALL DATA)
$ sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdxY bs=512 count=1
# Then we'll partition the drive
$ sudo cfdisk /dev/sdxY
# cfdisk will ask you what type of partition table you want, select GPT

Partitioning the USB drive

  1. Make a partition at least 512M in size.
  2. Switch the type from Linux Filesystem to EFI system.
  3. Write these changes to the USB drive and quit.

Formatting, and mounting the USB drive

# First we'll format it FAT32
$ sudo mkfs.fat -F32 /dev/sdxY
# Now we'll make a directory to mount the USB drive in
$ mkdir /tmp/efidrive
# Now we can mount the USB drive
$ sudo mount /dev/sdxY /tmp/efidrive

Placing the UEFI iPXE executable

# Assuming you're still in the ipxe/src directory
# Make the necessary efi/boot directory in the USB drive
$ sudo mkdir -p /tmp/efidrive/efi/boot
# copy the executable and rename it to bootx64.efi to conform to the UEFI standard
$ sudo cp bin-x86_64-efi/ipxe.efi /tmp/efidrive/efi/boot/bootx64.efi
# unmount the drive
$ sudo umount /tmp/efidrive

You did it!

That's it! You should now have a UEFI-bootable USB drive with the UEFI ipxe binary!


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