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    boot liveCD iso on Hard Drive, content on 2nd partition

    Linux n00b here.

    I'd like to run Ubuntu in the same way I used to use knoppix ... essentially I created a liveCD with all my defaults, then put the iso on my hard drive and booted from it in a way that the liveCD ran 100% in memory. It took a while to boot, but it was fast and the most robust system in the world because I never touched the original OS other than to pull it out an into memory.

    I also kept my content on another partition of the drive... it was writable. The ISO partition was not writable.

    It was great as an unattended kiosk ... ultra-reliable... never bogged down (everything was in memory ... booted original image every time) ... super secure. I used it for a kiosk.

    I'm sure there's a guide somewhere how to do that with ubuntu but I've searched and searched but I guess I just don't have the right terminology to find it. Any ideas?
    Last edited by davea0511; September 5th, 2012 at 02:17 AM.

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    Re: boot liveCD iso on Hard Drive, content on 2nd partition

    I found this ... will give it a shot:
    http://askubuntu.com/questions/12121...the-hard-drive

    Any other recommendations will be very much appreciated.

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    Re: boot liveCD iso on Hard Drive, content on 2nd partition

    This is the same as your link to askUbuntu. Has a bit more info. I have only been able to boot Desktop, not any of the other versions.

    This will boot an ISO from a hard drive.
    ISO Booting with Grub 2 from Hard drive - drs305
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Grub2/ISOBoot
    Examples - you may copy & edit for your path & ISO version
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Gr...OBoot/Examples
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1549847
    Boot ISO from harddrive. To install it would have to be different partition
    [SOLVED] Using grub 2 to boot an iso off hard drive old examples
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1535864

    Pros & cons of persistent install over direct install to flashdrives - C.S.Cameron
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1655412

    USB installs with persistence:
    With grub2 persistent C.S.Cameron 12.04
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2042965
    With grub2 persistent C.S.Cameron post#5 10.10:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1643791
    Last edited by oldfred; September 5th, 2012 at 03:15 PM. Reason: typos
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
    Please use Thread Tools above first post to change to [Solved] when/if answered completely.

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    Re: boot liveCD iso on Hard Drive, content on 2nd partition

    Thanks oldFred! That will definitely help!

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