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#1 2009-08-18 16:52:07

rednano12
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Best way to put Crunchbang Linux on USB?

Well, school is starting soon (for me) and I wanted to bring Crunchbang Linux to school, and do all of my work off of a 4 GB USB stick I picked up for 6$ big_smile. I was wondering what the best way for going about this is.

Here are the tasks I would like it to perform:
Persistent (so I can change the Conky!)
Able to install programs and keep them. (I like Thunar.)
Access files from Windows (Do I partition it?)

There will be times where I am just accessing the files in Windows, so I wanted to partition the drive. Maybe a 1 GB ext3 or 4 and the remaining 3 GB Fat32? And then, should I just install #! to the ext3 partition, and then create a boot CD for the USB drive? Would that work? Would that reduce the lifespan of the drive?

I would like to finish this before school starts again, (5 days) so please post your opinions.

Thank you!

Last edited by rednano12 (2009-08-18 16:57:06)

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#2 2009-08-18 17:57:43

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Re: Best way to put Crunchbang Linux on USB?

I would install CrunchBang (and grub) directly onto the USB drive like so:

http://crunchbanglinux.org/forums/post/15829/#p15829

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#3 2009-08-18 20:00:10

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Re: Best way to put Crunchbang Linux on USB?

Ah. Thank you very much. Now, can I have /home formatted as fat32? Is there any way to do that?

If not, how would this partitioning scheme work?

1GB ext3 /
1GB ext3 /home
2GB Fat32 Files

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#4 2009-08-18 20:21:20

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Re: Best way to put Crunchbang Linux on USB?

Hello rednano 12!
Welcome to the forum smile.
I suppose you want a fat32 partition for exchange with windows. I don't think you can mount 'home' in fat32.
If you have only one HDD, create a partition in fat32 (for exchange with winndows). If windows is on another hdd you can mount it and get read/write on it.
Could you tell us why you want this? IS it for exchange?

A+ Francis

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#5 2009-08-18 20:35:28

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Re: Best way to put Crunchbang Linux on USB?

It's mentioned in the first post, but I want a Portable Crunchbang Linux to use at school. However, there will be instances where I simply have to use Windows, and to keep access to my files, I'd like to store all files on a Fat32 partition. It is a 4 GB drive.

1 GB ext3 /
1 GB ext3 /home
2 GB fat32 other

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#6 2009-08-18 20:51:14

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Re: Best way to put Crunchbang Linux on USB?

Sorry rednano12. I read your post too fast.
I think:

1 GB ext3 /
1 GB ext3 /home
2 GB fat32 other

could be good depending of the amount of datas you want to exchange.

A+ Francis.

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#7 2009-08-18 21:07:12

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Re: Best way to put Crunchbang Linux on USB?

Cool.

I guess I'll set up the install tonight then! Thank you very much for your help.

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#8 2009-08-18 21:11:21

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Re: Best way to put Crunchbang Linux on USB?

Would a 1GB / partition even be enough to install some programs?

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#9 2009-08-18 21:19:54

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Re: Best way to put Crunchbang Linux on USB?

Remember that if it is a pendrive, you need your first partition to be the vfat, since Windows only supports one partition on usb sticks.


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#10 2009-08-18 21:24:05

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Re: Best way to put Crunchbang Linux on USB?

I would just do 2gig / and 2gig data. Even that is going to be cutting it close on space, After it's installed I would go into synaptic and sort the packages by size, anything towards the top really consider if you need, if not uninstall. Then use baobab or something similar and see where any other large files are that you could remove.


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#11 2009-08-18 22:02:31

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Re: Best way to put Crunchbang Linux on USB?

Ooh.

I just remembered that the school computers probably won't let me boot from USB. If I do a direct install, can I use the Boot CD like shown on Pendrivelinux? http://www.pendrivelinux.com/make-a-usb … ang-linux/

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#12 2009-08-19 09:36:26

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Re: Best way to put Crunchbang Linux on USB?

That instruction combined with this one:
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/sharing-fi … d-windows/
...should meet the requirement. No partitioning worries. (And no, there's no way you'd have got your programs in 1GB.)

Don't worry about the lifespan of the drive. If it's 4GB that means it's reasonably new and such considerations as "limited write cycles" or whatever they call it are vastly vastly overrated.

You're a hundred times more likely to lose data from the Windows machine deleting all your stuff than you are from any design-shortcomings of flash media. Of course you'll have anything important backed up.

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#13 2009-08-19 11:44:45

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Re: Best way to put Crunchbang Linux on USB?

Just make sure not to install swapspace on the stick...


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#14 2009-08-19 14:35:31

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Re: Best way to put Crunchbang Linux on USB?

Toolz wrote:

That instruction combined with this one:
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/sharing-fi … d-windows/
...should meet the requirement. No partitioning worries. (And no, there's no way you'd have got your programs in 1GB.)

Don't worry about the lifespan of the drive. If it's 4GB that means it's reasonably new and such considerations as "limited write cycles" or whatever they call it are vastly vastly overrated.

You're a hundred times more likely to lose data from the Windows machine deleting all your stuff than you are from any design-shortcomings of flash media. Of course you'll have anything important backed up.

Thank you for linking that!

So let me get the steps down in the right order:

First I install #! to the flash drive, making it one 4 GB ext3 partition.
Then I follow the instructions here: http://www.pendrivelinux.com/make-a-usb … ng-linux/, so I can boot if the BIOS has no "boot from USB" option.
Then I follow this: http://www.pendrivelinux.com/sharing-fi … d-windows/ So that Windows can access the flash drive.

(I'm curious about the last step. Does anyone know how it works? If you don't, that's okay.

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#15 2009-08-19 15:04:27

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Re: Best way to put Crunchbang Linux on USB?

rednano12 wrote:

First I install #! to the flash drive, making it one 4 GB ext3 partition.

No

It has to be FAT32.

First follow the link I gave then the link you gave. First instruction of the link I gave is: "Boot from your previously created USB Ubuntu Flash Drive" - which I assume refers to:
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/usb-ubuntu … l-windows/
(needs Windows) or this might help:
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/crunchbang … ll-via-cd/
(step-by-step - easier t see what's happening and adjust)
...whatever the case you're going to have to adapt the instructions a little as you want Crunchbang 9.04 - not Ubuntu or CB 8.10. Key thing is you're employing a casper rw loop on FAT32.

That's the fiddly part. Getting a boot CD to point to that should be easier.

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#16 2009-08-19 15:19:07

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Re: Best way to put Crunchbang Linux on USB?

I see now... I didn't know you could put / on a Fat32 partition! I guess that I'll follow the Ubuntu guide, seeing as it is a bit more recent.

So once again, step by step:

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#17 2009-08-19 15:27:57

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Re: Best way to put Crunchbang Linux on USB?

Yeah. I think you can follow those instructions exactly as laid out and you'll end up with ... urm ... Ubuntu! Try that first to get the hang of it then see if you can modify for Crunchbang. When you've done that document and upload the whole lot back to PDL and put on the wiki while you're at it! That'll be some good publicity! smile

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#18 2009-08-19 15:32:58

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Re: Best way to put Crunchbang Linux on USB?

XD

I was going to use a #! LiveCD instead of a Ubuntu one, but still use the program that they have provided.
Oh, and I found this while looking around: http://crunchbanglinux.org/forums/post/5089/#p5089

Once I'm done, I'll put it into one big writeup. Thank you!

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#19 2009-08-23 02:19:02

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Re: Best way to put Crunchbang Linux on USB?

best way to put crunchbang on usb?
idk about best way, but here's how i do it...

using unetbootin in whatever operating system i'm starting from (be it ubuntu, windows, crunchbang, sabayon, etc), i install the crunchbang iso file first to a different usb stick to the one i'm going to be using, this then opperates as a unetbootin install of the live cd environment, not a propper install.   once in that "live cd" on that usb drive, i insert the usb drive i'm going to install to, and use the install crunchbang option from the menu.   i found out that it is possible to mess up the installation if you chew up all the ram first by doing crazy stuff like opening a few dozen web pages and making some large multi layered gimp images, as i have a tendency to do.

but anyways, thats it.
= install iso with unetbootin to temporary usb stick.
= use the temporary usb stick to install to a usb stick you want your install on.

easy peasy.  do whatever you like with the temporary one after that, its just to host the unetbootin "live cd". surf other things available through unetbootin, format for use as swap space, use it for storage, etc.

handy if you dont have a cd drive, or just dont want to bother using up another cd.

Last edited by Digit (2009-08-23 02:21:37)


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#20 2009-08-31 12:43:15

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Re: Best way to put Crunchbang Linux on USB?

It doesn't get any easier than this:

http://www.pendrivelinux.com/crunchbang … l-windows/

I have an 8GB pendrive so I ditched the default 1GB rw casper partition for the 4GB one on that page. Runs fast and flawlessly.

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#21 2009-08-31 13:20:46

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Re: Best way to put Crunchbang Linux on USB?

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