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If I were to use a Ubuntu live USB with persistence for a while, and then when I am comfortable with it, choose to install it to a Hard Disk, will my persistent data transfer over? Or will I get a vanilla Ubuntu install, as per the read only part of the Live USB?

There is an exact duplicate(one that I could find) in If I Have a Live USB with Persistence, if I install it, will the persistence be included, however the one answer there seems to be rather confused.

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  1. Ubuntu live USB with persistence can be used to install Ubuntu on hard disk but it simply produces a fresh install with no transfer of any system-wide or user settings, data, etc.
  2. It is possible to transfer most user settings and data from your home folder (e.g. sub-folders like .mozilla, .thunderbird, etc.) by simply copying and pasting them to your new home folder, and same applies to data files in folders like Documents, Pictures, etc.
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Thank you for your answer. #2 is fine but doesn't work for some cases like a) installed app list, b) the hardest, but rarest - changes to root configuration (/etc/*) – Karthik T Feb 1 '13 at 3:06
For (a) you can a look at the article "2 WAYS OF REINSTALLING ALL OF YOUR CURRENT INSTALLED PACKAGES ON A FRESH UBUNTU INSTALLATION" at: – Sadi Feb 1 '13 at 6:16
Ah thanks, will take a look. – Karthik T Feb 1 '13 at 6:34

No, installing Ubuntu is like installing a fresh copy of Windows or Mac OS X(Ten). So any persistence you have set up as the LiveUSB will be lost.

Hope this helps.

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Thanks, but this is just a repeat of the other answer.. – Karthik T Jun 28 '14 at 4:24
No problem, happy to help. – Netdude21 Jun 28 '14 at 13:11

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