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Hi all.

Being that I've gotten great help from you guys before, it's only fitting that I ask for it again!


Here's my idea/thought:

I'd like to install Ubuntu linux on an 8 gb USB drive so I can boot off of it and run it as a normal opeating system without installing onto the Windows partition or Harddrive.

Is this possible? If so, can I also have a file/folder on this windows partition to hold all of my desktop settings/download folder as well, or is that asking too much?

I tried google, but haven't found anything that's easy, most of it is advanced.

Thanks a lot guys.

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Only help I can offer is that, yes, you can load a bootable version of Ubuntu onto a USB drive. A co-worker has one on a thumb drive, and set on up on my portable harddrive.

I don't know what is involved in making it work though.
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I ran across some info on how to do this recently when I was created a bootable SD Card with repair software and an XP install(I hate netbooks). It was a much bigger pain than I imagined.

However in reading this:

http://www.pendrivelinux.com/ubuntu-804-usb-hard-drive-install/

it seems like you have a much easier path.
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Easy-peasy, short and sleazy.

1. Go get Portable Linux: here.
2. Follow the instructions for the particular flavor of Ubuntu you wish to download an install.

The only obvious limitation I can see is that you need a Linux host to run Portable Linux on to create your magic USB Stick. But if you're eager to be running Ubuntu everywhere you go, I'm going to go out on a limb and assume you've got access to at least one computer running Ubuntu somewhere...

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I would imagine you could use one of the various Boot CD versions of Linux to create the USB stick, no?




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    Originally posted by tarnish

    The only obvious limitation I can see is that you need a Linux host to run Portable Linux on to create your magic USB Stick. But if you're eager to be running Ubuntu everywhere you go, I'm going to go out on a limb and assume you've got access to at least one computer running Ubuntu somewhere...




I can MAYBE install linux in a virtual box to do the magic USB stick...but after that it's all good.

Thanks everyone I'll keep this thread updated with my progress.



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FYI, make sure the transfer speed fo the SD card or thumb drive is good enough. You'll have to check google to figure out what speed Vista wants but it deems some of the slower of those devices not good enough.
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