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Old 03-07-2007, 08:25 AM   #1
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Puppy runs in Ram, but how to install to HDD?

I got Puppy running fine in Ram, but I don't know how to install to my hard drive.

I have a Toshiba Satellite CDS 2540, 96MB RAM, 4.6GB HDD.


Old 03-07-2007, 12:19 PM   #2
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Look under Setup(maybe System) and scroll down to the Universal installer. It will walk you right throught the install. I just did it - easy as pie.
Old 03-07-2007, 06:47 PM   #3
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Installing to HDD

Thx, sounds good to me!

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Depending on your experience, this might take a few hours to understand and set-up but you can have a lot of simple fun if you set-up your hard-drive and live distro hard-drive installs. This will allow you to set-up a nice stable system for everyday use but also allow you to test the new releases quickly and easily whether it is slax, puppy, grafpup, pizzapup, etc.

1. Format hard drive with the following:
- small partition for grub
- a bunch of 1Gb partitions for your live distros
- remaining partition is your permanent storage of music, videos, data, etc.

2. Install grub to small partition as per this ...

3. Copy contents of your puppy cd to one of your partitions.

4. Then configure grub to point to the relevant files that you just copied over.

All done. You actually dont need to even burn the iso. You can just mount like this ... mount -o loop -t iso9660 filename.iso /mnt/iso. You may need to a mkdir /mnt/iso.

This is what your grub command should look something like ...
root (hd0,4)
kernel /vmlinuz root=/dev/ram0 nopcmcia
initrd /initrd.gz

Oh and by the way, even though it is still installed to hard-drive, it still runs in ram so it is fast and it is very quick copying to ram each boot-up.

Last edited by SML; 03-23-2007 at 12:24 AM.
Old 04-30-2009, 01:58 AM   #5
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I used to have another distro on the HD but never ran it
However I could have Puppy and a major distro without any unreliable partitioning, by running Puppy from DVD.
I prefer to boot and run Puppy from DVD-RW which is aprox. 10 seconds added to boot time. On a slower older machine running with a CD and limited memory, a hard disk boot will be faster. On modern hardware Puppy boots from DVD faster than every other major distro boots from hard disk, aprox 40 secs.

I have Puppy on my hard disk, so it can boot from that
but as I try puplets, the latest betas etc, I practically always boot from DVD. Once in memory Puppy is equally fast running from HD, CD, or USB thumb drive.
Old 05-01-2009, 07:51 AM   #6
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4. Then configure grub to point to the relevant files that you just copied over.
can you install grub in within Puppy, without the universal installer?.
ie : with a command line.

I'vd had troubles with the installer. & seen some methods using a cli based option.

Last edited by pierre2; 05-04-2009 at 08:36 AM.


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