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the Talking Can
08-07-2008, 08:15 AM
anyone recommend a flash drive that comes with its own "desktop" so to speak...

do I understand right that you can run your own system on another computer?

something to work on microsoft....any clarifications, suggestions are appreciated...

Fish
08-07-2008, 11:42 AM
It's complicated, but possible. I have a flash drive with ERD and BartPE on it, and use it every now and then. Not sure if you'd prefer BartPE or ERD for what you're wanting to do, so I'll include instructions for both.

Your BIOS must support booting to USB devices, or it won't work no matter what. Most mobos made in the last 3 or 4 years will support that though.

Here's a walkthrough on getting ERD Commander on a bootable flash drive: http://joshmartell.com/Documents/Running_ERD_Commander_2005_from_flash_drive.pdf

Here's instructions for making a BartPE bootable flash drive: http://www.911cd.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=7632&hl=usb+stick

Here's instructions on just making a USB flash drive bootable: http://www.weethet.nl/english/hardware_bootfromusbstick.php

Vegas_Dave
08-07-2008, 11:55 AM
I would assume that performance is pretty lousy though...

the Talking Can
08-07-2008, 02:27 PM
It's complicated, but possible. I have a flash drive with ERD and BartPE on it, and use it every now and then. Not sure if you'd prefer BartPE or ERD for what you're wanting to do, so I'll include instructions for both.

Your BIOS must support booting to USB devices, or it won't work no matter what. Most mobos made in the last 3 or 4 years will support that though.

Here's a walkthrough on getting ERD Commander on a bootable flash drive: http://joshmartell.com/Documents/Running_ERD_Commander_2005_from_flash_drive.pdf

Here's instructions for making a BartPE bootable flash drive: http://www.911cd.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=7632&hl=usb+stick

Here's instructions on just making a USB flash drive bootable: http://www.weethet.nl/english/hardware_bootfromusbstick.php

ah, thanks...

i thought they had developed some "plug and play" type stuff....i didn't realize it still involved uh effort...:doh!:

i like the idea of being to launch my own desktop from a flash drive...but only if it comes ready to work out of a box....

unlurking
08-07-2008, 06:43 PM
http://www.u3.com/

http://portableapps.com/ (http://portableapps.com/news/2006-11-20_-_portableapps_suite_1.0_firefox_portable_2.0_and_more)

They're not difficult at all.

the Talking Can
08-07-2008, 10:34 PM
http://www.u3.com/

http://portableapps.com/ (http://portableapps.com/news/2006-11-20_-_portableapps_suite_1.0_firefox_portable_2.0_and_more)

They're not difficult at all.

thanks...the portable apps is perfect...i already use open office and gimp....that looks sweet....

SLAG
08-08-2008, 03:09 AM
I use a u3 drive and i like it in principal but wish it was more OS open.

You could always carry DSL on a mini cd, or your other fav. linux distro on a live CD/DVD

unlurking
08-09-2008, 08:56 AM
I just carry BT3 on a flash drive. Ubuntu works well on a flash drive as well, but BT3 is already pre-configured with minimized disk writes, tmpfs /var, and such. Ubuntu has moved to relatime though, I need to read up more on that. Not sure if I'd benefit switching back to noatime.

the Talking Can
08-10-2008, 05:29 PM
just got an 8gb cruzer flash drive on sale for $22!....walk-in to office max

going to load it with portable apps....