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Old 06-08-2013, 01:31 PM   #1
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How to install Linux Mint on an USB, in parallel to other systems?


Hello,
here is a question regarding an idea I have.
I would like to install Linux Mint on an USB.

USB 32GB (I still have to buy it)
First Partition 8GB with ext2, boot, with extlinux and diverse OS on it (TinyCoreLinux, Knoppix, Archbang..). I have already such "First partition".
Second partition 2GB
Third partition 2GB
..
Last partition FAT32 1GB

So, how to install Linux Mint on that second partition?
- install Mint on a 2GB USB stick, and then copy the whole content on the 2GB partition? or is there an other method?
- can I start linux mint from the first boot ext2 partition by redirecting the exlinux.conf on the second partition?
 
Old 06-08-2013, 03:55 PM   #2
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If the second partition is 2GB, you can't. An installation of Mint will take a minimum of 3.5GB (actually, I think that is for Mint 12 so it may be more). If you want it as a Live CD that should not be a problem.

Are you intending to have these systems as full installs (at least one?) or as Live CDs?
You can put a number of different systems as Live CDs or as actual installs on a flash drive but full installs will take up much more space than Live installs and doing a full install to a flash drive is the same process as installing to a hard drive. Also, it would probably be easier to use Grub2 to boot in either case.

Post more details on what your actual goal is.

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Old 06-10-2013, 05:53 AM   #3
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OK. I will use 4GB instead of 2GB.
Live CDs? YES.
The USB is a "travelling" USB for booting different PCs at friends, family members, colleagues, .. during visits. If is not a full install for a dedicated PC.
 
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If you are going to put Mint onf the flash as a Live CD then you just need a partition that is a little larger than the iso file of Mint. Do you already have the three systems you mentioned in your first post installed on the flash? Are you able to boot all of them? Which bootloader are you using?

If you used Grub2 in the mbr of the flash, you would be able to boot Mint by just putting the iso file on one of the partitions and creating a loopback loop menuentry in the grub.cfg file for Mint. You would also be able to boot the other operating systems with correct menuentries.
 
Old 06-13-2013, 03:23 PM   #5
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1. Do you already have the three systems you mentioned in your first post installed on the flash?
2. Are you able to boot all of them?
3. Which bootloader are you using?

4. If you used Grub2 in the mbr of the flash, you would be able to boot Mint by just putting the iso file on one of the partitions and creating a loopback loop menuentry in the grub.cfg file for Mint. You would also be able to boot the other operating systems with correct menuentries.
1. yes. knoppix, tinycorelinux, slitaz, archbang, gpartedlinux
2. yes
3. extlinux (boot partition is ext2)
4. Interesting. I already tried it.. 1 year ago.. without success (by starting grub2 from extlinux). A full howto is welcome.
 
  


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