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Old 06-11-2011, 05:04 PM   #1
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live persistent usb drive with multiple distros


So here is what i'm trying to do. I have a 16Gig usb drive and i've managed to get Backtrack up and running on it with persistence, but I really want to have on it is Mint, Backtrack 5, if possible Ubuntu and hirens bootcd. I don't really want to use unetbootin.

Can help me out with how i need to set up the partitions, if it's possible to have both Backtrack 5 and Ubuntu with persistence since they both use casper-rw and what mint needs for persistence.

It's kind of a tall order, but that's why i came here.

thanks
 
Old 06-11-2011, 05:44 PM   #2
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It's kind of a tall order, but that's why i came here.
Not really, we do that all (well, most of anyway) the time...

Okay, You'll have to partition the stick. Gparted could help here, note: be careful not to snip up your harddrive instead!!

Apply all the installs needed for the other OSses...

Cool, then, install and tweak grub in the MBR of the stick.

Seems simple enough...did that once, way back, when I still used floppies...wow, that was a long time ago...

Someone did that on Suse, it seems...

Good luck!

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See pendrivelinux.com for some ideas.
 
Old 06-12-2011, 12:53 PM   #4
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Thanks for the comments. I've been to pendrivelinux, but most of the guides just tell you to use the installer. The problem is that I want to install 3 different versions of Ubuntu. I would assume that would mean that i need 4 partitions. 1 for gurb and isos, but the problem is that Backtrack, mint and Ubuntu all need casper-rw. Am I missing something?
 
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Seems there is a page or two on that. You can't share a casper-rw unless you move it each time. That is kind of difficult.

I think you'd be better off with normal installs instead of the faux iso w/persistence.
 
Old 06-13-2011, 10:43 PM   #6
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ok thanks...One thought though. The casper-rw can be either a partition or a file. Would it be possible to make multiple partitions and place one casper casper-rw file in each partition and direct the different OSs to their respective file?
 
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I guess it may be possible to use grub4dos(grub4nt) and then use it like a normal grub to point to a partition then boot there either from syslinux or (dunno just thinking outloud).
 
  


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