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I guess it is possible to install Puppy full to any sd (HD,USB,etc) .
I have not done it to USB .
I have only experience with the typical USB frugal installation with save-file (PUPMODE=13).
I have never installed pkgs bigger than 25MB on a 1GB RAM machine .
There is also the possibility to install frugal without pupsave-file , using the whole partition as save-file (PUPMODE=7) , which also uses tmpfs.
Full installation (PUPMODE=2) does not use a tmpfs
for collecting data some minutes (default=30 and at poweroff/reboot)
before writing back to the partition .
There is the warning everywhere on the net ,
that flash or ssd might wear out by the many writings to it .
Try it , and see what happens .
Backup your installation once a while more often .
And : Use a linux fs and not msdos,vfat,ntfs for the filesystem . For full installations , there is no problem using ext4 fs .
To reduce the writings by the journal , use ext2 .
On a new HD ext2 works ok , though dumpe2fs always shows it marked unclean . I prefer journaled fs'es with data=ordered .