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Install from USB key

Postby crumblingworld on Sat Aug 22, 2009 10:06 pm

Just to record a new user's experience (coming from windows):

I put Mint on a USB key (following http://www.pendrivelinux.com/usb-linux-mint-7-flash-drive-creation-windows/). I then experimented with this system until I could prove my absolute essentials would work. This was fairly easy and quicker than I expected.

However, I had assumed I could just install this tweaked system directly onto my hard disk. No such luck - when I clicked the install thing, I got a very broken system. None of my 'user data' type stuff was included and the Nvidia drivers were thoroughly broken. It would be nice if I had got the same system as was on my USB key.

I had to do a fresh install off CD to solve the trouble.

On another note, I have been reading some talk of not including non-free stuff in the distro by default. This would be a bad move. I chose Mint precisely because it would work out of the box (and it looked pretty). My other options where pclinuxos and mepis (pclinuxos was ugly and mepis was not based on ubuntu).
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Re: Install from USB key

Postby DrHu on Sat Aug 22, 2009 11:12 pm

crumblingworld wrote:However, I had assumed I could just install this tweaked system directly onto my hard disk. No such luck - when I clicked the install thing...

http://www.pendrivelinux.com/usb-linux- ... n-windows/
    Note: The persistent feature works just as it does in Ubuntu 9.04, allowing you to save and restore most of your changes.
They don't call it a customized Linux system for a reason; it isn't
Other choices could be...
http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/
http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/#other

http://www.linuxmint.com/wiki/index.php/Remastersys
http://www.howtoforge.com/ubuntu-linux- ... emastersys
--if you need a remastered system (your custom install), you would have to create one.
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Re: Install from USB key

Postby Garnett on Thu Sep 03, 2009 9:00 am

Sorry to slightly threadjack but I'm new and just wondered: Can you install Mint from a USB drive set up like the one you've linked to:
crumblingworld wrote:I put Mint on a USB key (following http://www.pendrivelinux.com/usb-linux-mint-7-flash-drive-creation-windows/)
I was hoping the drive would function like a LiveCD and I could insall to my internal HDD from it like a LiveCD, but the screenshot in the link doesn't seem to have the desktop shortcut I hoped to see...
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Re: Install from USB key

Postby atlef on Thu Sep 03, 2009 1:07 pm

Try Unetbootin which DrHu linked to for that operation.

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Re: Install from USB key

Postby rich_roast on Sun Sep 06, 2009 3:55 am

I used unetbootin with fantastic success to install Mint 7 x64 edition.

One little side effect is that my hard drive is now labelled as msdos, and fdisk faints at the thought of it (sudo fdisk -l just returns that the disk "has no valid partition table").

The system works fine... apparently running from an msdos partition table. Is it just me or is that weird?
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