Needed fully functional [NOT 'Live'(sic)] Linux on USB stick - was [Re: Ubuntu on pendrive]

Richard Owlett rowlett at
Thu Dec 22 15:52:04 UTC 2011

Colin Law wrote:
> On 22 December 2011 14:17, Richard Owlett<rowlett at>  wrote:
>> Avi Greenbury wrote:
>>> ghana.computeraid at wrote:
>>>> What is the most easy way to put ubuntu on a pendrive? Preferably
>>>> withtout leaving windows
>>> Probably unetbootin[0]. When you say you want to "put ubuntu on a
>>> pendrive", what do you then want to do with that pendrive? There's two
>>> common similar-but-different use-cases:
>>> 1) A 'live USB' system. On this system, you can boot off the USB stick
>>> into a working Ubuntu install. When you shut down, you lose any chanegs
>>> you've made and the next time you boot off it you get a new system.
>>> 2) A system installed onto the USB stick, such that on boot you get an
>>> option between your existing OS (Windows) and the Ubuntu on the USB
>>> stick.
>>> Unetbootin does option 1, 2 is a bit more tricky, but quite doable if
>>> that's what you're after.
>> I don't know about OP, BUT I'd definitely like a pointer to
>>                     _CLEAR *AND* CORRECT_
>> instructions for a modified option 2 -- pendrive must be bootable when BIOS
>> selects as boot device. My goal is having identical environment whether
>> using my laptop or desktop machine.
> Have a look at the instructions at
>, select the appropriate
> options and click Show me now.
> Come back if something is not clear.
> Colin

Those seem to be instructions for (expletive deleted) "Live 

I want a Linux installed on a USB stick that is 
indistinguishable from what would be on your hard drive if 
one had chosen "Install Now" on "Live CD" and chosen "wipe 
out my life's work currently on hard drive and any existing OS".

I haven't decided whether to laugh, cry, or stop banging my 
head on desk ;)
I've been fighting this for > year. I followed on set of 
instructions several months ago and ended up with a dual 
boot muck-up with grub on my hard drive and and a 
non-bootable install on USB stick.

I think the installation menu on the "Live" device should be:

   to internal drive
      dual boot install
      delete current OS and install as only OS
   to external drive
      specify external drive

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