Install Linux on NTFS USB stick

August 8, 2011 at 05:47:56
Specs: Windows 7, Intel Core i5/8GB
Is it possible to install Linux onto a USB stick formatted in NTFS (mostly used in Windows machines). It's 64GB and I often times have files over 4GB in size. That's why I need NTFS. exFAT might be able to handle more but I'm not sure that it works with previous versions of Windows which I sometimes run across.

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#1
August 8, 2011 at 08:31:36
"previous versions of Windows which I sometimes run across"

Define "previous versions". NTFS is not readable by Win95/98/ME or older.


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#2
August 8, 2011 at 16:59:20
Just to make it more simple I'll say no but really you can.

What exactly do you want to do? Install what distro and how do you want to install it?

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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#3
August 8, 2011 at 19:54:12
I want to install Ubuntu on it.

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#4
August 8, 2011 at 21:26:56
I don't know if Linux can boot from NTFS. Would be easier spending $10 and get a 4 GB stick.

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#5
August 9, 2011 at 13:40:10
It can be done but not worth the effort. I agree that a $4 flash drive would work fine. I guess that is the most simple solution.

You could partition it in linux then do a real install or a pendrive install. A real install could be either wubi based or from the install application in ubuntu. See pendrivelinux.com for more how-to's

There are also ways to boot directly into a iso image using grub4dos or grub I think now can do that.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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