Re: Getting 13.04 to run on a USB stick.
I have installed Ubuntu 13.04 onto a USB drive several times. Boot from the live DVD and plug in the USB drive - preferably 16GB as advised by jim_deadlock. Select Install from the main menu when the DVD has loaded. When you get to the installation to drive part make sure you select the USB drive (which maybe sdb or hdb - make sure it is not your hard drive which is usually sda or hda!) to use as the installation drive. I have used USB drives formatted to ext4 and ntfs without any trouble. I have acheived this with just the live DVD without any other installation software such as unetbootin or uck.
Make sure you select the correct drive for the boot MBR (sdb or hdb) otherwise you will overwrite the MBR on the Hard Drive. See the post by C.S.Cameron
When the installation is complete, remove the live DVD and reboot.
As the computer starts to reboot select the BIOS setup procedure (on my Desktop I have to use F10 and on the laptop F2). In the BIOS settings go to the setting that allows you to select the USB drive instead of the Hard Drive to boot from then save the setting and exit to reboot. You will have to do this on any computer on which you want use the USB to boot from.
You do not need to disable the hard drive nor do you need to get into the box itself - just to boot from the USB port. I have used this procedure to boot from a USB drive in computers that are up to 10 years old - so it should be feasible on any modern computer.
Last edited by Alan.Brown; June 12th, 2013 at 04:17 AM.
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