View Full Version : [ubuntu] Live USB question

July 24th, 2009, 02:11 PM
I've made a live Ubuntu USB disk using both USBuntu and Unetbootin. It works fine in persistent mode. However, what I really want to do is make a disk that is my main desktop/portable pc i.e no matter what machine I am using I can boot from this disk and access my data etc.

Do I just get a large enough flash drive, partition it as appropriate (I was thinking of \ using ext4 and \home using ext4) and then install to it.
I want to save all my preferences, booksmarks etc to this usb drive and just carry that with me wherever I go.
I would like it to behave just like a regular pc that can have the o/s upgraded/software added or removed as normal.

Is this feasible? What is the best way of doing this?


July 24th, 2009, 02:14 PM
its possible but some things might get in the way... like drivers.
Dont use any proprietary dirvers they will be your idea's downfall.


July 24th, 2009, 02:44 PM
I run Ubuntu installed to an 8Gb USB flash drive on my work laptop when I take it home. No reason my employer needs to know what I've been up to :wink:
See my post in this topic (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1193680) for some helpful hints on optimizing a flash drive install. I haven't had any problems using my Ubuntu flash drive on multiple computers, but I am not using the proprietary drivers LowSky mentions.
The articles on the PenDriveLinux site he links to, for the most part, are simply manual versions of what the Live CD USB Creator script does (i.e. not a full install, but a Live CD image with a persistent partition).

July 24th, 2009, 08:20 PM
Thanks for the feedback guys. I shall investigate further.