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    Live Ubuntu pendrive > 4GB, mounting the extra space as /home dir, is it possible?

    So.
    I have a company PC. - I am not allowed to wipe the XP from it
    I have 16GB pendrive. I split it, I boot without a problem, the second partition is mounted and seen OK.
    I want it mounted on boot as at /home/ , I want to install Civ 5 on it. If the second part of the USB is mounted as USB, it is not allowed to start exe , sh files... So, I cannot install nothing on it. Since the game needs more than 3 GB, I cannot place it on my / partiton.
    Adding the second partition into /etc/fstab, caused the drive not to boot the first time, and after a second try to boot from the USB, the changes were gone
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    Re: Live Ubuntu pendrive > 4GB, mounting the extra space as /home dir, is it possible

    I guess what you are looking for is a persistent usb drive installation. This article should help

    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LiveUsbPendrivePersistent

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    Re: Live Ubuntu pendrive > 4GB, mounting the extra space as /home dir, is it possible

    No. I l can easily make a live USB. Persistent USB cannot have more that 4GB space.
    What I do usually is, if I have an USB lager that 4 GB, I split it into 2 parts. One I use for the actula live USB, the other one is empty - I usually use as normal USB.
    What I want is a way to mount this spare, empty partition on boot at /home/, so I can have more free space...
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    Re: Live Ubuntu pendrive > 4GB, mounting the extra space as /home dir, is it possible

    Quote Originally Posted by deckoff View Post
    No. I l can easily make a live USB. Persistent USB cannot have more that 4GB space.
    What I do usually is, if I have an USB lager that 4 GB, I split it into 2 parts. One I use for the actula live USB, the other one is empty - I usually use as normal USB.
    What I want is a way to mount this spare, empty partition on boot at /home/, so I can have more free space...
    System partitions such as /home must be Linux filesystems.

    AFAIK there is no reason why a Persistent USB should not use its /etc/fstab file as any "normal" system.
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    Is there a way to make a live USB with more than 4GB persistent file?

    Is there a way to make a live USB with more than 4GB persistent file? even with bigger USB, I cannot set the persistent file to be bigger than 4GB... I formatted the USB to fat32, have not tried with ext2 or native...
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    Re: Is there a way to make a live USB with more than 4GB persistent file?

    Quote Originally Posted by deckoff View Post
    Is there a way to make a live USB with more than 4GB persistent file? even with bigger USB, I cannot set the persistent file to be bigger than 4GB... I formatted the USB to fat32, have not tried with ext2 or native...
    it is a limit of Fat32

    see here for how to get around it

    http://www.pendrivelinux.com/how-to-...-rw-loop-file/

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    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LiveUsbPendrivePersistent
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    Re: Live Ubuntu pendrive > 4GB, mounting the extra space as /home dir, is it possible

    This explains lots of things, - most probably trying to boot home to a vfat ext forced ubuntu to fall to its default fstab. Will try, report and mark as solved if this helps
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    Re: Live Ubuntu pendrive > 4GB, mounting the extra space as /home dir, is it possible

    Threads merged.

    I think I would have created an ext2 partition for the spare space on the drive, and mounted that with its own entry in fstab. I haven't tried it, but that's the approach I would take.

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