Run Wolvix from a USB Flash Drive: In the following section, I will show you one way to quickly install Wolvix to a USB Flash Drive from Windows using our Universal USB Installer. Wolvix is a Linux distribution created by Kenneth 'Wolven' Granerud. It is based on Slackware and the Linux Live scripts from (SLAX). It utilizes an Xfce desktop environment and comes packed with a multitude of development, graphics, multimedia, network and office applications.
How to Install Grub2 on USB from Linux: In the following tutorial, I'll show you one way to easily install Grub2 to a USB Flash Drive from a running Live Ubuntu Operating Environment. I personally used an Ubuntu Live CD to perform all of the following steps.
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The following tutorial will show you one way to create a casper-rw partition on your USB flash drive. The benefit of using a casper-rw partition as opposed to a casper-rw block file is that you can expand your persistent storage beyond 4GB. This is very useful if you have a flash drive that is 8GB or larger and you want to use all of its remaining space for persistent storage. The drawback is that Windows will not see the secondary casper-rw partition (in Windows, your drive will appear to be smaller than it is).
Universal USB Installer aka UUI is a Live Linux Bootable USB Creator that allows you to choose from a selection of Linux Distributions to put on your USB Flash Drive. The Universal USB Installer is easy to use. Simply choose a Live Linux Distribution, the ISO file, your Flash Drive and, Click Install. Upon completion, you should have a ready to run bootable USB Flash Drive with your select operating system installed. Other features include; Persistence (if available) – Ubuntu, Xubuntu, and Lubuntu Casper Persistence feature works with FAT32 or NTFS formatted drives. Larger than 4GB casper-rw is possible only when the USB drive is formatted with the NTFS filesystem.
In the following section we show you one way to create a Linux Mint 8 Flash Drive using the Ubuntu USB Startup Disk Creator while running from a Linux Mint 8 Live CD. Linux Mint 8 is a remix based on Ubuntu 9.10 that sports a new look and integrated media codecs. After completing this segment, you should have a USB Linux Mint 8 Flash Drive that utilizes the casper-rw persistent loopback file option for saving and restoring your changes on subsequent boots.
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Run DBAN from a Flash Drive: In the following tutorial, we show you how we created a DBAN USB Flash Drive from Windows using our third party Universal USB Installer. Darik's Boot and Nuke (DBAN) is a simple bootable data destruction tool created by Darik Horn. It can be used to securely wipe an entire hard drive or an attached external disk (IDE or SCSI), completely deleting all contents of the disk. Upon completion, you should be able to run DBAN from your USB device.
In the following section, I will show you how we installed Puppy Arcade to a USB Flash Drive using Windows and our Universal USB Installer. Puppy Arcade (created by Scott Jarvis), is a remix of Puppy Linux with a strong focus on Console Game Emulation. Puppy Arcade includes some of the most popular Console Game Emulation software available for Linux. Of course you will need to supply your own game ROMS.
Console Game Systems that can be emulated include: Amiga, Atari, Amstrad, Arcade Machines, Colecovision, Commodore (64/128/VIC20/PET), GameBoys (GB, GBC, GBA), GameGear, Genesis, MasterSystem, MS DOS, NeoGeo, NeoGeo CD, NES/Famicom, PC Engine/TurboGrafix 16, PSX, Scumm, SNES and ZX Spectrum.
YlmF OS is a Windows like Linux Operating System based on Ubuntu. It has been themed by its creator to look just like Windows and at first glance it is hard to tell the difference (but it does use unique images and icons). In the following tutorial, we show you how we created a Live YlmF USB Flash Drive from Windows using our third party Universal USB Installer. Upon completion, you should be able to run YlmF OS from your USB device, saving changes persistently on subsequent boots.
Create a Ubuntu Server Edition USB Installer from Windows: The following process covers one way to put Ubuntu Server Edition Installer on a USB Flash Drive using a Windows PC and our third party Universal USB Installer to create the drive. Upon completion, you can use your Flash Drive to install Ubuntu Server Edition on a computer that can boot from a USB device. Very useful if your PC does not have a CD/DVD Drive.
How to Create a DreamLinux Flash Drive using the Persistent Dreamlinux Installer while running from the Live CD. DreamLinux is a remix based on Debian Linux that features useful applications like Firefox, Thunderbird, Inkscape, Gimp, Open Office, Pidgin, Evince, Gthumb, Xsane, Avant-Window-Navigator, Engage, Rhythmbox, SoundJuicer, SoundConverter, Totem Media Player, Avidemux, EasyTag, Brasero and more.
Create a Ubuntu Rescue Remix Live USB Flash Drive from Windows: The following tutorial covers one method of installing and running (URR) Ubuntu Rescue Remix 9.10 or 10.04 to a USB Flash Drive using a Windows PC and our Universal USB Installer to perform the install. Upon completion, Ubuntu Rescue Remix can be run from a USB Flash Drive.
Created and maintained by Andrew Zajac, URR is a Linux system providing data recovery specialists with a command-line interface, equipped with the best free-libre, open source data recovery and forensics tools available.
How to boot from a USB Flash Drive in VirtualBox. This process will allow you to run your Portable Linux from the USB Flash Drive or external hard drive while still running from a Windows, Linux, or Mac OS X Host. By default VirtualBox does not support USB Boot. However this is easily attainable by mapping a virtual machine (.vmdk file) to the USB Drive.
WUBI on USB? In the following tutorial, I'll show you how we moved a WUBI Ubuntu install to a USB Flash Drive. This is a followup of our previous move WUBI to External Hard Drive tutorial as it appears WUBI currently utilizes a different set of features and GRUB2 has replaced GRUB, making the previous tutorial obsolete.
Portable VirtualBox was an unofficial Portable Wrapper for VirtualBox, created by Micha. An improved version is currently being offered by Tibo, the author of the LiLi USB Creator. VirtualBox is officially a product of Oracle. It is an emulator or virtual machine that can be used to run various Operating Systems via Disk Images, ISO's and CD/DVD's as a guest OS from within another Host Operating Environment. By using Micha/Tibo's portable wrapper, VirtualBox can be stored and run entirely from a USB device.
Run the Gentoo 10.1 Live DVD from a USB Flash Drive: The following how to tutorial explains one way to create a Gentoo 10.1 Live USB Flash Drive using Windows, The Gentoo 10.1 Live DVD, and our third party Universal USB Installer. Gentoo is a popular Linux version named after the Gentoo Penguin and was created by Daniel Robbins with a goal to create a smaller portable Linux distribution that only included required programs. Upon completion of this guide, you should have the Gentoo 10.1 DVD running from your USB device.
Make a USB Boot CD for Linux Mint that can be used to boot Linux Mint from a USB flash memory stick on computers with a BIOS that does not natively support booting from USB. The USB Boot CD created using the following process utilizes a grub bootloader to launch the vmlinuz kernel and initrd from the CD. The USB driver modules enable detection of the filesystem.squashfs on the USB device. The filesystem is then decompressed and Linux Mint proceeds to load.
How to Install WINE on Ubuntu 9.10. WINE (Windows Emulator) appears to be currently missing from Ubuntu 9.10 repositories. In the meantime, the following tutorial explains how we quickly and easily got WINE running on Ubuntu 9.10, so that we could continue emulating or proceed to emulate Windows software in Linux.
How to Install Knoppix to a USB Flash Drive using Windows and our third party Universal USB Installer. Knoppix Linux is a Free Open Source Live Linux compilation created by Klaus Knopper. It features amongst many things automatic hardware detection and a unique persistence feature with encryption capabilities. Knoppix is based on Debian GNU/Linux and utilizes a lightweight LXDE desktop environment.
How to easily Install Linux Mint 8 Helena to USB Flash Drive using Windows. In the following tutorial, we explain how to use Windows and our third party Universal USB Installer to create your own Portable Linux Mint 8 USB Flash Drive. Linux Mint 8 Helena is maintained by Clement Lefebvre and is based on Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala. Amongst many features, Linux Mint offers improved graphical enhancements (some think it looks and feels better than Ubuntu). We think it's simply beautiful!
How to Create a casper-rw persistent file from Windows: Due to popular demand from our pendrivelinux subscribers, we have created our own simple Casper-RW Creator script that will enable a user to quickly and easily create a casper-rw persistent image for storing saved changes and then restoring those changes on subsequent boots.
How to quickly Install RIP Linux to a USB Flash Drive from Windows. RIP Linux (Recovery Is Possible) is a Salckware based distribution created by Kent Robotti. It can be used for system recovery and maintenance. RIP Linux ships packed full of useful tools such as TestDisk (recover deleted partitions), GParted, fdisk, cfdisk, parted (partiton managers), PhotoRec (recover deleted files), ntfsprogs (for managing ntfs filesystems) and much more.
RIP Linux can be booted into an X Window environment or run without a GUI. Both 32bit and 64 bit kernels are available within the same installation.
How to Install SliTaz to a USB Flash Drive using Windows. SliTaz Linux is a tiny and very fast running free operating system that can be run entirely from system memory. Founded by Christian Lincoln, SliTaz is one of the smallest portable Linux distributions available and can be stored and run directly from a USB key or other removable media. The SliTaz team anlong with Cedric Tissieres of Ophcrack have developed their own SliTaz USB installer called tazusb.exe that can be used to create a SliTaz Live USB from within a running Windows environment.
Accessing Ext3 and Ext2 partitions from Windows can be accomplished using a few different methods, as previously noted in (How to access a Linux partition from Windows). However, one of the easiest methods is by using a tool called Ext2Fsd. This tool ships with the drivers necessary for windows to detect and mount an Ext2 or Ext3 filesystem as read only or read/write. Additionally, Ext2Fsd comes with a Volume Manager and many other useful tools like mke2fs.exe (allowing you to actually create an ext2 formatted partition from windows). Installation is simple and straight forward.
How we installed Easy Peasy to a USB Flash Drive using Windows. Easy Peasy is a Remix for Netbooks that is based on Ubuntu. EasyPeasy is an operating system optimized for netbooks. Founded by Jon Ramvi, this Netbook OS offers applications such as Skype, Transmission BitTorrent Client, Pidgin Messenger, Evolution Email, Open Office, and Firefox with Flash, Java and other codecs already installed.
How to Install Clonezilla on a USB Flash Drive from Windows. Clonezilla is a Free partition or disk clone tool similar to Norton Ghost and Partition Image. It can be used to backup (clone) information from media to media. Clonezilla supports remote or local backups to and from an entire disk, image or a partition. Additionally, the tool can be used to restore the remote or local cloned backups. Clonezilla saves and restores only used blocks in the disk, making it very efficient.