I'm trying to install "Linux Mint 14.1 - Mate 64-bit" to a USB drive. I'm using the provided install program located on the desktop.
I'm also referring to these step-by-step instructions.http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=113309
If you ask me, there should be a third option in the installer for a USB target instead of having to use the option "something else".
On my 16-gig USB drive I setup the following partitions, all selected to use filesystem type ext4
7 gig for /dev/sdb1 mounted on / primary
7 gig for /dev/sdb5 mounted on /home logical
2 gig for swap
There's an option to place the partition at the beginning or end. I just leave it to the default option of "beginning".
I start the install and get an error message "The creation of swap space in partition #6 of SCSI5 (0,0,0) sdb failed".
I tried the option installing without specifying a swap drive or just leaving a few gigs unpartitioned. Same error message.