When a frugal installation is desired, then it is convenient to have a LiveDVD because it can be used to install the required boot loader (either GRUB, SYSLINUX, or EXTLINUX depending on the formatting of the partition).
First acquire the desired Puppy Linux iso or zip file, e.g. Fluppy, Puppy 5 or Puppy 5 (multi-lingual).
From within Puppy
- Select a U.S.B flash drive (if it contains any files copy them elsewhere if required, otherwise they will be destroyed)
- Go to Menu > Setup > BootFlash and follow the instructions
- Click on the Puppy iso file to open its contents
- Copy the files vmlinuz, initrd.gz and *.sfs to the U.S.B. flash drive
- Format the U.S.B flash drive to FAT32 using Menu > System > GParted
- When using FAT32 partitions, the bootloader syslinux, instead of GRUB, is required
- Extract the contents of the Puppy iso or zip file to the partition, using e.g. 7-zip, (it is important that the original file names be kept)
- Rename the file "isolinux.cfg" to "syslinux.cfg"
- Delete the file "isolinux.bin"
- Edit "syslinux.cfg" in a text editor: change "pmedia=cd" to "pmedia=usbflash"
- Extract syslinux to a folder, e.g. C:/syslinux. Then go to C:/syslinux/win32/ and run this command to make the drive bootable (where X: is the drive letter for the target drive/partition):
syslinux.exe -m -a X: