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Old 05-10-2009, 01:27 PM   #1
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Question usb distros,partitioning....

hi all,i was wondering about some issues on the usb-bootable system.I read somewhere that i can make my whole system bootable via usb,okay and i know that i can partition the usb flashdrive to have 2 partition one to boot from and another where i can store my data without loosing it after the shutdown,my guess:can i made my "home" partition on the pendrive as FAT32?this will make it readable from linux and mount as /home on windos PCs??that could be very very useful...i thought that with fat32 the filesystem won't have any permission settings it possible?

Old 05-11-2009, 06:56 AM   #2
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Hey, being more specific-

Yes, you can partition the usb any way you want.
Some distro's like to have a 2nd FAT32 or EXT2/3 partition on the usb so they can store backup files, etc there. ( DSL/DSL-N, etc)

Tinycore, which is really the "New" DSL, runs great from my usb's. You just add apps,etc thru the apps browser like in DSL.

It really matters what distro(s) you wanna put on the usb?

My Kingston 4GB has 2 partitions;

sdf1 bootable FAT32 (1GB)
sdf2 .........FAT32 (2.8GB)

You can use either cfdisk or gparted to partition the usb.
you can use cfdisk/gparted to set the "boot" flag on usb

My ""(55MB), at my site, is setup to run off a usb with 2 partitions, both FAT32.
Added Bonus; it comes with "Portable-DSL"; a Qemu virtual HD that plays DSL and runs as a "MyDSL"(persistent save), just like the real DSL on your USB.

Read all the docs and watch the video at the site.

To install "DSL-4.4.10-embedded-persistent" to usb-
Just extract the zip to the first partition of the usb, set the boot flag on usb, Unmount usb!,

Install syslinux with "syslinux -s /dev/sdxx" where "xx" is your usb
examples are sdf1/sde1/sdb1,etc Not your HD!

Then reboot and setup BIOS to boot from USB-
If computer can't boot from USB; either get the DSL bootfloppy or use Plop Bootmanager,etc.

Some of the other downloads come with DSL too.
Any questions, post em and Ill try to help.
Old 05-12-2009, 03:29 AM   #3
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hi linus,thank for the reply,i would like to see my debian running from the usb,as<--this tool promise to do,mabye not a minimal system,i see in your video of DamnsmallLinux a nice distro running gnome,as i would,so i can just make an iso of my actual system(even if i got it partitioned as / and /home separately)and by command like,using syslinux and cfdisk ecc.format the usb drive with one or both the filesystem in fat32 and next copy my system into the usb drive....very powerful linux feature,i'm going to try it!!


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