Saturday, September 19, 2009

Live Ubuntu 8.10 USB Persistent install (Windows)

Live Persistent Ubuntu 8.10 USB installation The following tutorial covers how to install, boot and run Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) from a USB flash drive using a Windows computer to perform the install. Ubuntu 8.10 will be run natively from the portable device utilizing a persistent casper-rw loop file for saving and restoring changes. Ubuntu is a product of Canonical Ltd.

Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex Screenshot

Ubuntu 8.10 USB Flash Drive Creation Essentials

  • Windows PC to perform conversion
  • Ubuntu 8.10 ISO
  • 2GB or larger USB flash drive (fat32 formatted)
  • U810p.exe (contains the files to do the conversion)

Ubuntu 8.10 USB Flash Drive Installation tutorial

  1. Download and launch U810p.exe, extracting to your PC. A U810p folder is automatically created.
  2. Download the Ubuntu 8.10 ISO and place it in the U810p folder on your computer
  3. From the U810p folder on your PC, click U810.bat and follow the onscreen instructions
  4. Once the script has finished, restart your PC and set your BIOS or Boot Menu to boot from the USB device, save your changes and reboot

If all goes well, you should now be booting from your own personal Live Ubuntu 8.10 USB that allows you to save your changes persistently.

Persistence size: The default casper-rw loop file that becomes the partition for saving changes is only 1GB. If you have room and would prefer to use more space for saving changes you can download one of the following zip files and extract the new casper-rw file to your USB device, replacing the old one.

You will lose any saved changes by replacing your casper-rw file with one listed above!

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