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So, I'm in a situation were I want to install ubuntu in my laptop (currently running windows 8) but I don't happen to have pendrives, CDs or the like available. The only "external" device I have with me is a samsung galaxy s2 with a mini SD card in it.

Is it possible to use the phone as a pendrive to install ubuntu from it somehow? (without damaging the phone's OS and data)

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Why don't you use the sd card instead? you should be able to select both the sd card and the phone's storage when making a live usb. – Uri Herrera Apr 3 '13 at 0:23
Yes, that would be ok. My problem is that I don't know if the USB boot is going to be able to work right from the phone. Android phones usually have various methods to connect from USB (as a multimedia player, as a mobile device and so on) so I guess it isn't as easy as using it like a pendrive? Just speculating here, I have no idea, but I don't want to screw this up – kace91 Apr 3 '13 at 0:40
In my experience the SGS2 USB transfer rate is painfully slow. I would much rather rape/borrow/pillage/buy a cheapo USB drive. And that's before even contemplating trying to turn internal storage into a bootable medium. It may not be possible. – Oli Apr 3 '13 at 0:56
how about this... use dd to backup your sd card,then-using the computer you are posting from, create a bootable 'usb' on the sd, then install. After the install, dd back to the sd card. It will either work, or not, but your data is still backed up after dd. – Scott Goodgame Apr 3 '13 at 1:23

It is perfectly possible. You can carry many a liveCD image on your phone all the time and use them when needed. But you will need root access to your phone for that. There is an android app called DriveDroid.
Alternatively, if youir phone has mass storage emulation (Android 4 usually has NOT) AND your PC supports UEFI, then , in theory, you can place rootfs and UEFI boot partiition on that emulated storage. In theory.

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