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Old 04-01-2013, 05:07 AM   #1
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Portable linux on USB HD


Hi again, iam still struggling! I gave up the USB flash idea and yesterday bought USB HD 500 GB Seagate.

Idea: Portable linux version on the usb hd so i can use it everywhere on every computer regardles of computers hardware. So i probably need a linux wich can update drivers while it boots or something like that.

So far i tried Ubuntu 12.10, 12.04 LST wich failed, i get to login screen, after i login i just get purple screen. On another computer i just get black screen.

Is ubuntu good choice for usb hd? or should i chose some other version? Something faster?

Seems everything fails that i try to do. I followed a guide from malware hunters net the howto pdf and still it all fails.


/EDIT: I found a solution!!! At login screen when i chose my login password there is an icon i clicked and there i chosed UBUNTU 2D. Now it boots into ubuntu.

But the other questions still remain, is ubuntu a good choice as a portable linux version? Ubuntu feels kind of sluggish the 12.10 version. And how do i change so it update drivers on the fly depending on what computer i use.

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Old 04-01-2013, 05:24 AM   #2
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Hi again, iam still struggling! I gave up the USB flash idea and yesterday bought USB HD 500 GB Seagate.
Is ubuntu good choice for usb hd? or should i chose some other version? Something faster?
There are definitely distros which will run faster than Ubuntu.
Have you looked at the newly resurected Slax? http://www.slax.org/
Slax is based on Slackware and is desgned to be a portable Linux install to a usb drive. See their documentation: http://www.slax.org/en/documentation.php
There is also Pendrive Linux for installing Linux distros to a flash drive. http://www.pendrivelinux.com/

Installing a Linux distro to an external usb connected hard drive should be much the same as installing to an internal hard drive.
Just be sure that the grub bootloader is installed to the MBR of the usb hard drive and not the internal hard drive.
Then you can set your computer's BIOS to boot from the usb connected hard drive as the first boot device, and the internal hard drive as the second boot device. This way, if you have the external hard drive connected it will boot from that first. If you do not have the usb hard drive connected the computer will then boot from the internal hard drive.
 
Old 04-01-2013, 05:55 AM   #3
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I will mainly use it for programming and video editing.

Maybe lubuntu works good to?
 
Old 04-01-2013, 02:12 PM   #4
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I will mainly use it for programming and video editing.

Maybe lubuntu works good to?
Video editing through a USB drive sounds painfully slow.
 
Old 04-01-2013, 02:37 PM   #5
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For the most part, all modern linux can't tell the difference between an internal hard drive and a usb hard drive. They are all used as scsi. Only the older kernels use the hdx or such.

So the question is why is it failing? How did you install this OS to your usb. I suspect you missed some steps or questions.


I almost always use one of two ways to install some OS to a usb. One is to use a virtual machine. Just attach the usb and don't make a virtual hard drive.
The other way is to remove internal hard drive and install the OS to the usb drive. Either way prevents you from borking the install. (usually)
 
Old 04-02-2013, 02:57 AM   #6
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Maybe lubuntu works good to?
Here are some guides to installing Lubuntu to a usb flash drive:
First, to install Lubuntu to a usb flash drive using Windows:
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/put-lub...using-windows/
Also see this guide:
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1872303
And see this for some more documentation on the Pendrive Linux universal usb installer:
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/univers...easy-as-1-2-3/
 
Old 04-03-2013, 05:25 AM   #7
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You may consider slacko (puppy linux on slackware); very fast as it is used from ram.
 
Old 04-03-2013, 11:51 AM   #8
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Vigi has the right idea! Get Puppy or one of its derivatives. You don't even need a hard drive. It will run off a USB stick, copying itself into RAM and keeping your configuration and files on the stick.

http://www.linuxquestions.org/review...p/product/2355
http://www.linuxquestions.org/review...page/15/sort/7
 
Old 04-04-2013, 01:18 AM   #9
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Slitaz is also a good usb into ram system, and porteus - as the best distros have in common are based on slackware. There are many. Puppy has had the best hardware recognition for me, and serves as an excellent rescue os.
 
  


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