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Old 12-02-2011, 01:58 PM   #1
al13fa
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why if I start ubuntu from a usb and I can't save more files although I have space


Hello all. I start ubuntu 11.04 from a 16GB usb stick and I have free space in it (more than 9GB), but I can't save a file because the system says there is no space free. For example, I open a file with gedit and when I want to save it I get: "There is not enough disk space to save the file. Please free some disk space and try again".
Can anybody help me!
Thank in advance.
 
Old 12-02-2011, 02:04 PM   #2
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Are you running Ubuntu in "Live" mode?
If so, then files are limited by the size of your RAM, not the USB drive, and will be LOST when you power down/reboot.
You should open your File Manager save your data to a USB stick, internal HDD, external HDD, network storage, etc.

If you installed Ubuntu to the USB stick then you'll have to tell us more details about the method you used.

At any rate the following terminal command will give helpful information:

Code:
df -h
Give it a try, copy & paste the data back here!
 
Old 12-02-2011, 05:32 PM   #3
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Chances are you did a live USB installation which is basically a DVD on the USB and you boot the DVD. A live Linux DVD cannot be written to, same applies to Ubuntu live USB installation. In Ubuntu 10, there was a link in start menu for doing this type of installation called "startup disk creator".
The extra space needs to be partitioned as a second partition and used as a separate data storage partition. Or... format it or part of it casper-rw to save personal settings, documents and system changes persistently, this tutorial shows how to make the extra space persistent.
 
Old 12-02-2011, 05:50 PM   #4
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You can also do a regular "full" install to a flash drive, just like a hard drive install. Each method has its pros and cons; we need more details from al13fa which method was used in this case.
 
  


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