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Old 12-08-2010, 05:56 PM   #1
Rain2Snow
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Linux Install on External USB Drive?


ok I downloaded Debian Lenny and made a live CD. The laptop booted up pretty well and I'd like to play around with it a little more.

I suppose I'm curious about what is the next step. I was thinking if there was a way to copy the live files directly over to the USB drive and sort of run things from an external? That way I could make changes to the installed packages - not sure how to do it yet - but then wouldn't have to re-install packages/files every time the computer booted up.

So would copying the live CD directly over to the USB be the way to go or should I do something else?

-R2S
 
Old 12-08-2010, 05:59 PM   #2
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The simplest method is to simply run the Debian installer (it is a separate CD from the Live CD) and install to your USB drive instead of your hard drive. Be sure to install the GRUB bootloader to the correct drive, or else you might have problems booting the computer if the USB drive is removed!

That is not the only method by any means. You will find some good tutorials at http://www.pendrivelinux.com
 
Old 12-08-2010, 10:46 PM   #3
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There are some distros that offer a usb image.

I agree that you need to be very careful when installing any OS. I'd set the usb drive as the first boot device.

If you have a newer system with some extra ram you may wish to use a Virtual Machine. It is about the most safe way to install an OS.
 
Old 12-09-2010, 09:49 AM   #4
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If you have a screwdriver, you can physically disconnect/remove your internal hard drive, so that the USB is the only drive attached to the computer. That way the installer will see the USB as the first and only drive and install GRUB accordingly.

If you are experienced and understand how GRUB works then of course you can skip this step.

The methods on pendrivelinux.com are also worth checking out.
 
  


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