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Hello persistent USB.

Posted 12-21-2008 at 10:42 AM by Hitboxx
Updated 12-21-2008 at 11:31 AM by Hitboxx (spellcheck)

Hello holy hell,

I hardly saw this before. So an introductory hi hello salam namaste..

Now today has been a fruitful day, I wanted to put a Linux preferably with codecs and things intact onto an USB in persistent mode for some time now. Finally, Linux Mint 6 got releases a few days back and I set about the task to put it on.

Started off with many tutorials digging Google and ending up on various sites, a prominent one being However, if you have actually used that site long enough you would have probably seen more than half of the tutorials there need Windows to be used to put Linux on an USB, yes, the irony

Eventually, I did the same and did put Mint 6 on the USB but alas as Live!. Then after trekking over a few sites and irc channels, I finally found a tool called usb-creator in Ubuntu. So Mint being based on the same, I used the Live Mint to install it from repo, then connect the USB and created the USB startup disk. Even though I selected the entire span of the USB to be persistent, it didn't work right away. It was still booting as live. Then I found out the golden word "persistent".

Yes, that's it. During the GRUB boot menu, all I had to do was add the keyword "persistent" to the kernel line, OR as you say in the geeky way, passing an argument to the kernel.

Now, /me is all happy and got my own personal Linux in my pocket anywhere I go with imminent data storage.

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  1. Old Comment

    I'm trying to get this working with mint 6. I have the mint 6 live cd on USB drive working all fine, but I'm having issues with the persistent mode. I tried numerous posts which edit intrd. I also tried adding persistent option but no luck. Is there something I'm doing wrong or can you elaborate?

    I've done this but no luck:

    append initrd=/ubninit file=/cdrom/preseed/mint.seed boot=casper persistent quiet splash --
    Posted 12-25-2008 at 11:37 AM by niteshadw niteshadw is offline
  2. Old Comment

    It is very simple actually. Here is how I did.

    1) Download Mint 6 Live iso.

    2) Burn the same iso onto a CD.

    3) Boot with Mint Live CD that you just burned.

    4) Go to Synaptic Package Manager and search for usb-creator

    5) Install it.

    6) Connect the USB stick and launch the just installed USB-creator.

    7) Set about doing the persistent USB, give the entire space as persistent. However only 2GB possible no matter however big the USB stick is.

    8) Once it finishes, reboot with the USB.

    9) Hit [Tab] at the Mint boot menu and add "persistent" to the kernel line

    10) Boot it, change some settings, like changing wallpaper, fonts etc and reboot again adding the same "persistent" word to the kernel. Also check /home to make sure it has spanned the entire space of the assigned perisitent storage.
    Posted 12-25-2008 at 12:41 PM by Hitboxx Hitboxx is offline
  3. Old Comment
    On this link, step 7, you say "set about doing the persistant USB". Can you post that please?
    Posted 07-14-2009 at 02:07 PM by candebill candebill is offline


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