Can I run Linux on an USB w/no harddrive?

March 2, 2011 at 19:20:15
Specs: linux
can i run linux on an USB drive instead of buying an internal hard drive?

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March 2, 2011 at 19:46:35
Google "linux on USB'. Here is a link among thousands:

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March 2, 2011 at 19:56:42
I think it will run OK except llimited disk space. Same restrictions as live cd's.

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March 3, 2011 at 00:27:36
Yes PuppyLinux will run from USB Flash Drive

Also see a thread here at CN:

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March 3, 2011 at 07:09:52
Your system has to be able to boot off a USB device, otherwise you can run off a Linux Live CD or DVD & use the USB drive for storage.

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March 3, 2011 at 13:38:48
Actually, even if your system can't normally boot from a usb device there are a few other ways to get it to boot. Not all work in all situations. One is to use a special floppy or cd to get linux up to a point to then use the flash drive. That was the way it used to be done. Plop and the similar tool from slitaz can do that also. Some distro's allow you to get their media also like puppy.

Take a look also at and for internet downloaded OS's.

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