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    usb boot, some programs on HD?

    Hi I installed Ununtu to a 4GB flash drive but it really doesn't seem to have enough space. Is it possible to install some programs on internal HD but still keep the boot from usb? The HD is quite old and slow so I'd like to keep from using it as much as possible but could I install some less frequently used programs on it?

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    Re: usb boot, some programs on HD?

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Forums

    It seems you have an old computer. If it is so, I suggest that you download and install the flavour Lubuntu, which is smaller (small enough to be installed in a 4GB flash drive). Furthermore, the desktop environment is much lighter than standard Ubuntu, so it runs much faster and smoother.

    See this link for more details Old hardware brought back to life

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    Re: usb boot, some programs on HD?

    I tried this:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1872303
    but i run out of space after installing libreoffice.

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    Re: usb boot, some programs on HD?

    4 GB is very tight, and will not be enough when you start installing big software packages. It might help if you 'keep the house clean' with the following commands

    Code:
    sudo apt-get autoremove
    sudo apt-get autoclean
    sudo apt-get clean
    after update and upgrade.

    If you want a system with a 'full set' of useful programs, you need at least 8 GB. I would recommend a fast 16 GB pendrive. See this link

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/In...#Prerequisites

    Notes about size

    1 GB is enough for a live USB flash drive made from a 'CD size' iso file. But unless you already have a 1 GB drive, you are recommended to get one with at least 2 GB, hence the general recommendation above.

    2 GB is enough for 'CD size' iso files as well as many but not all 'DVD size' iso files.


    If you want a persistent live system with a decent size casper-rw storage, you need at least 4 GB (2 GB is possible, but might soon run out of space).


    If you want an installed system you need at least 8 GB (4 GB is possible with Lubuntu, but might soon run out of space). In the beginning of 2014, it seems that there are no really fast pendrives below 16 GB. If you want a fast system, install it into a pendrive that performs well in a test, even if it is 'bigger than necessary'.
    and this link to USB 2 and USB 3 speed tests for installers

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