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Old 07-10-2014, 02:05 PM   #1
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Post Build Fedora 32bit OS onto a USB Thumb Drive

I have a 64G USB Thumb drive that I would like to install Linux onto. That way I can boot any machine into my version of Linux. Make updates to Linux, save and delete files, etc. I have not found a USB creator program that will allow this. These programs usually create a ISO boot USB disk, with a persistent disk space for files, updates etc. You then have to periodically somehow merge the updates into the ISO and recreate the boot disk.

I believe the hardest part is getting the boot configuration correct. Installing/partitioning/etc is simple. If someone can help me this would be a big help.
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Should be simple. grub-install to the thumb drive, set the BIOS boot order on your computer and it should just work. What problem are you having with boot configuration?
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Here is a link to the Fedora Installation Guide. I think you will find section "9.11. Storage and partitioning" particularly relevant. 64gb should be plenty of room for a base Fedora install.
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the last time i installed fedora to a usb thumb drive
i birned a dvd
pluged in the usb and poped in the dvd
and installed to the thumb drive

mind you a usb2 drive will BE SLOW
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I'd just install it to a usb with the normal installer to the usb flash drive. It is a hard drive to linux. I wouldn't waste time on a persistent install of a live to usb. 64 gig drive is more than good enough to most common uses.

You have to be careful. If I use a real system I unplug the internal hard drive. If I use a virtual machine then I just don't create a virtual hard drive.

I've only found a few old usb drives to be slow. Newer fast drives work good.
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Old 07-14-2014, 09:28 AM   #6
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I think my problem stemmed from older versions, not unplugging the hard drive, and older hardware.

I plan on working on this this week to get a system built.

Thanks for all the advice!


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