Install to jump drive?
knute at frazmtn.com
Sun Feb 3 21:22:10 UTC 2008
>On Sun, 2008-02-03 at 13:41 -0600, Mikkel L. Ellertson wrote:
>> Knute Johnson wrote:
>> > Can anybody explain to me in terms that a Linux blivet can
>> > understand, why you can't do a regular install to a USB jump drive?
>> > Thanks very much,
>> From what I remember, you have to use the expert mode to install to
>> a USB storage device. I didn't check when I did the install of F8,
>> but with earlier versions, the installer would not see the USB drive
>> in the normal install mode.
>I have an F7 memory stick in my hand that boots fine.
>As suggested install using expert mode.
>grub.conf may need to vary depending on how the BIOS sees the drives. I
>have two machines that see the stick as a hard drive when you hit Esc
>and select the boot device and make this hd0
>> It sort of makes sense, because you have to know a bit more to do a
>> USB install. If you are going to boot from the USB drive, using the
>> BIOS option to boot from a USB drive, then you have to tell Grub
>> that the drive will be hd0 when you boot, even though it will be
>> some other drive during the install. This is because most BIOSs will
>> map the internal drive(s) before the USB drives when booting from
>> anything but the USB drive.
>> You may also run into problem of shortened life on the jump drive
>> with a normal install. (There has been a lot of debate on how much
>> of a factor that will be.)
>The latest memory sticks have wear levelling that solves this problem.
>Corsair Flash Voyager (GT) 8GB runs very well with F7 and KDE.
>It has static wear levelling and a 5 year warranty.
>I don't get the quoted 33MBytes/sec when simple test with hdparm. More
>I just haven't got round to trying F8 but assume that it would be OK
>> As another option, you can install a live CD image to a jump drive.
>> I don't have the link handy that gives the detailed instructions. It
>> gives you the advantage of lower ware on the jump drive. You can
>> also install to a smaller drive, because of the compressed file
>> system used in the live CDs. The disadvantage is that you have a
>> hard time updating or adding packages.
How does one get it into 'expert' mode?
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