Can I install the whole OS on the USB stick, not just a live test?

I mean, make it so that the USB stick acts like a HDD on which Ubuntu is installed. Does anyone have an idea?

  • 2
    He does not want to do that. He want to use the USB as a hard drive.
    – Max Tither
    Jun 13 '13 at 16:35
  • @MaxTither Looks right to me. Create a persistent USB drive.
    – Seth
    Jun 13 '13 at 16:36

It is possible to do. You begin by continuing. your Ubuntu installation on your computer as normal, until you reach this screen:

Installation type

Then tik Something else and continue.

Now in this screen, you will see that the installer lists both your Hard Drive and your USB. Your USB's name should be dev/sda2. Alternatively, your can see that it will show in the free space bar the drive with the matching amount of space.

Installation type 2

Select your drive from the list of devices and again from the list that says Device for boot loader installation and click Install now

You will now be installing Ubuntu on a USB. One thing to note, I will take at least three times as long as it is to install on a USB drive, than on a Hard Drive.

Of course, this will depend on if you are using USB 2.0 vs. USB 3.0, as well as the brand, as some Drives are faster than others. Be Patient.

Another thing, running Ubuntu from a USB will be again, at least three times slower than usual, so I would avoid resource-hungry processes.

With that said, have fun.

  • Not working for me - I am getting "Unkown operation system" after trying to boot from the USB for Ubuntu 14.04.
    – gotqn
    Jun 29 '14 at 18:40

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