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Old 11-12-2019, 09:45 PM   #1
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Saving files to Flash Drive


I made a bootable flash drive running Ubuntu. It works fine but when I try to save a new program that's been downloaded or a file it shows as saved. But the next time I boot off the flash drive it's at the stage as when it was new. How do I save files to the flash drive? Thanks.
 
Old 11-12-2019, 09:55 PM   #2
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My best guess is that this bootable flash drive does not have "persistence."

See this article: https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/1491...b-flash-drive/
 
Old 11-12-2019, 09:59 PM   #3
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you need to find a distro that has persistence. puppy and its litter is a good place to start.
yes puppy Linux,
 
Old 11-13-2019, 08:21 AM   #4
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Your question is answered in post 2 but if you want to make the Ubuntu flash bootable and persistent you will either have to post many more details or do a lot of reading. You can start with the Ubuntu site below which has a lot of general information but it is a little dated.

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/LiveCD/Persistence

Different software can be used to create persistence depending upon whether you are using Linux as a primary OS or windows or some other OS so some reading is in store.
 
Old 11-13-2019, 08:30 AM   #5
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Or option 2, just install Ubuntutu onto a usb drive, and set noatime in fstab. Maybe figure out how to put the OS into RAM to also help cut down on read writes to the stick.
 
Old 11-13-2019, 09:07 AM   #6
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As the others say, use persistence, load to ram, or just simply install it to the flash drive.
 
Old 11-14-2019, 03:09 AM   #7
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I would recommend to install it to the hard drive.
 
Old 11-14-2019, 11:45 AM   #8
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First, an explanation of what's happened. The iso file that you downloaded was the image of a DVD — complete with a DVD's filing system. You may have it in a USB port, but your computer treats it as a DVD — read-only.

The good news is that it is possible to create a USB stick with an area into which you can save files and even install programs. The bad news is that you need to download that iso again and start from scratch. Here are the instructions:
https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/1491...b-flash-drive/
 
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Old 11-14-2019, 08:49 PM   #9
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Is there Flash Drive I can buy with the changes made. To be honest I'm not a techie person and most of what you've suggested is way above my head/skills. It would be easier to buy it to go. Thanks
 
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take a peek at this and just follow the instructions?
http://puppylinux.com/
 
Old 11-15-2019, 03:44 AM   #11
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tex1171,

There is a full, easy-to-follow tutorial on creating a Live Ubuntu USB drive with persistence using mkusb here:
https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/1491...b-flash-drive/

You will first need to install mkusb as per the instructions.

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Old 11-15-2019, 06:57 AM   #12
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The mkusb tool is probably as good as any software for this purpose and is pretty easy to use. You haven't indicated what operating system you have to work with but if you look at the link below ( near the bottom of the page), it apparently can be used on window also though it works best on the Ubuntu derivatives.

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/mkusb
 
Old 11-16-2019, 04:10 AM   #13
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Quote:
Originally Posted by tex1171 View Post
Is there Flash Drive I can buy with the changes made.
Well, yes there is. But I cannot recommend any of these services, I never used them.
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To be honest I'm not a techie person and most of what you've suggested is way above my head/skills.
Every distro has installation instructions on their web pages.
If you decide to not buy a readymade, I suggest you go with the distro that has the most understandable installation instructions.
On a wild guess I'd say that's Ubuntu or Mint.
 
  


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