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Mint Debian - USB

Postby flebber on Thu Nov 04, 2010 11:54 pm

It seems that the mint installer for the latest debian mint release would install to a usb drive. Is that correct. I have an old laptop without a hard drive and am off to the shops to buy an 8GB or 16GB usb flash drive.

If I set the bios o boot off usb after installing debian mint from the iso will I experience an problems?
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Re: Mint Debian - USB

Postby jesica on Fri Nov 05, 2010 12:09 am

it is suppose to yes, but I am trying to figure out how, because if I click usb,it kicks be out, dont know why
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Re: Mint Debian - USB

Postby flebber on Fri Nov 05, 2010 6:19 am

Yeah I have tried but I cannot get mint to go off a usb. Maybe mint could borrow a good idea from fedora and have an automated usb/pendrive install process http://www.pendrivelinux.com/install-fedora-9-to-a-flash-drive-using-windows/ and the actual link of packages https://fedorahosted.org/releases/l/i/liveusb-creator/.

Just a thought. Ubuntu seems to have a similar concept http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/download but it doesn't mention persistence. And pendrivelinux.com has a range of linux installs to usb as persistent installs, it has the latest ubuntu and mint 9 http://www.pendrivelinux.com/category/new-usb-linux-tutorials/
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Re: Mint Debian - USB

Postby StanTheMan on Fri Nov 05, 2010 7:02 pm

Most of the older motherboard BIOS system do not have the capability to boot USB first on the Boot Priority.
The newer ones will, and these USB stick installations will boot only on them .
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Re: Mint Debian - USB

Postby expat on Mon Nov 08, 2010 2:18 am

I'm running mint debian that I ran first as live off usb and then installed from same usb and it's been flawless so far.

I used unetbootin to install to usb.
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Re: Mint Debian - USB

Postby flebber on Mon Nov 08, 2010 5:40 am

Does that offer persistence to save your files and update as you work?
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Re: Mint Debian - USB

Postby expat on Mon Nov 08, 2010 8:26 am

To be honest I haven't tried. I only used usb to install or run live without saving anything. I read that you can't save with unetbootin usb but maybe thats changed.
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Re: Mint Debian - USB

Postby ej64 on Mon Nov 08, 2010 8:39 am

flebber wrote:Does that offer persistence to save your files and update as you work?

Make a regular installation to the USB stick. I installed a second system from CD to USB using the text installer (via grub menu) with no issues so far. Then you can install grub to the USB-Stick.

The graphical live installer will inevitably fail while trying to install grub to your first HD. But I'm unsure if it's the same without a HD. All the same, it's safe to use the text installer.
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Re: Mint Debian - USB

Postby Oscar799 on Sat Nov 13, 2010 11:56 am

moved here from Newbie Questions
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