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    Installing to USB

    Would installling to an 8 GB USB work? I heard Live-USBs cant be updated which i need to do, so would a real installation to the USB work. And would it be much slower than installing to hard disk? Also will it work on most systems?

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    Re: Installing to USB

    Dude its not even possible because your PC's bootloader will change to grub.
    and you will get a error as no such partition on grub-rescue after rebooting.
    And is it even possible to change a fat32 partition into 4 or to be ext4

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    Re: Installing to USB

    Yes, it's perfectly possible to do this, 8GB will be pushing it for size though.

    Just go through the normal installation procedure but make sure you install the bootloader onto your USB stick, not your machines internal drive.
    There are plenty of posts on the forum discussing the pros and cons of a full installation vs. a Live USB with persistance, I'll try and dig up some links for you.
    Cheesemill

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    Re: Installing to USB

    Quote Originally Posted by Cheesemill View Post
    Yes, it's perfectly possible to do this, 8GB will be pushing it for size though.

    Just go through the normal installation procedure but make sure you install the bootloader onto your USB stick, not your machines internal drive.
    There are plenty of posts on the forum discussing the pros and cons of a full installation vs. a Live USB with persistance, I'll try and dig up some links for you.
    +1 on Cheesemill's post.

    Just check this out:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...1#post11618397
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...1#post11606773
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...1#post11546560

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    Re: Installing to USB

    As long as your computer can boot from USB I can't see why this wouldn't work, the speed it would run at would really depend on what USB drive you're using (assuming you're using USB 2.0), if you're using USB 3.0, it could possible run faster than most harddrives.

    I would advise uninstalling all the packages you don't want straight away, this would benifit the 8GBs pretty well.
    Last edited by FabulousCabbage; March 19th, 2013 at 12:49 AM.

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    Re: Installing to USB

    Im currently installing it. And im using a Cruzer Fit USB so the speed is about 20MB/s read and 4.5MB/s write. I unplugged my HDD to be sure i dont mess up.

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    Re: Installing to USB

    It seems to work great, but i will go buy a 16gb USB because 8gb isnt enough.

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