What do I need to install a Ubuntu Server on a USB stick? I don't want to create a bootable stick, but really install the system there.

  • You don't really need anything other then the USB stick to install to and the installation media (CD/USB). Oct 19, 2012 at 15:20
  • @mikewhatever: and just install on it as it would be a HDD? Oct 19, 2012 at 16:00
  • Yep. For the installer, a USB stick looks no different then an HDD. Oct 19, 2012 at 17:02

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EDIT: LinuxLive USB will do an awesome job for that.

You can make a LiveUSB from any distribution of Ubuntu (Server/Desktop). You can look on Ubuntu's Wiki, there is a step-by-step solution : LiveUSB.

I also found an article to literally install a portable Ubuntu on your flashdrive : How To: Install Portable Linux Ubuntu on a bootable USB Flash Drive.

With those two tutorials, you should be able to do what you want.

  • I want the second on I think, lets see what happens... thanks! Oct 19, 2012 at 16:01
  • Ok, let me know if it worked ;)
    – NorTicUs
    Oct 19, 2012 at 16:04
  • Second link is broken.
    – mR_fr0g
    Apr 14, 2015 at 20:32
  • Change it to LinuxLive USB, more recent.
    – NorTicUs
    Apr 14, 2015 at 21:55
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    LinuxLive USB Creator won't install Ubuntu on the USB driver, but just burn the ISO and make it bootable. It allows to run Ubuntu in live-mode, but not install the system on the USB drive
    – mcont
    Dec 30, 2015 at 19:35

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