So what I'm trying to figure out is how to create an encrypted USB drive I can run Ubuntu from.

This would allow me to carry all of my files and my own operating system in my pocket. If I loose it, nothing is compromised and I can run it on most PC machines. I suppose one approach might be to use my current startup USB stick.

I could temporarily unplug my hard drive and use a second stick as the install target.Am I missing anything? Is there a better way?

I'm also wondering if maybe the startup sticks are special such that they will be more likely to run from most machines than a regular install. That might put a fly in my ointment.

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You just have to install Ubuntu as you do on a Hard drive.

You should remove your current HDD(s) to do the following !

When the installer asks you the installation type, select "Erase disks" and check "Encrypt the new ubuntu installation" option.

Then proceed like any other Ubuntu installation !

  • I've ordered a 128 Gb flash drive which arrives tomorrow. Then I will give this a try.
    – user447607
    Jan 24, 2017 at 14:07
  • This worked like a charm with the exceptions that it was dog slow and... IDK there might have been some issues with UEFI but I was able to boot. Conclusion: I'm still not giving up my laptop.
    – user447607
    Jan 25, 2017 at 14:47
  • I think it's because of the usb ... It is handled differently than a real HDD ...
    – Taz8du29
    Jan 25, 2017 at 19:30
  • Well yeah but imagine that combined with encryption. Double wammy.
    – user447607
    Jan 25, 2017 at 19:40

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