I have a new Acer Aspire, running XP. I am interested in putting PCLinuxOS on a flash drive, but I would like a persistent installation. Thus far, I have accomplished the following:
- Managed to get unetbootin to make the flash bootable.
- Loaded PCLinuxOS Live onto the flash drive.
- Successfully booted the netbook several times from both Windows XP and from the Live CD (on flash).
- Started "Install PCLinuxOS," on the netbook while running PCLinuxOS from the Live CD software from the flash drive, and I am able to select the flash drive as the install drive
At this point, I decided to seek more knowledge than I have. As I look at that first set of screens, the ones that are going to reformat and/or establish partitions, I see two partitions on the 8 GB flash drive, which is formatted entirely as FAT32. One of these partitions is light blue and is 1.8GB. Light blue is labeled as Windows, but I suspect that it is the partition with the boot and Live CD software. The dark blue partition is labeled as PCLinuxOS (5.5 GB), and my guess is that this is unused space. I realize that these assumptions may be incorrect, and that, for example, the light blue may only contain the boot sector and information, and the dark blue may hold the Live CD software.
If my first guess is correct, though, then I should be able to do a standard install at this point, only pointing the install to the flash instead of a hard drive. I expect to use this flash drive only with this netbook, but If this works, then I can load more software, or update software, and even use Firefox and remember bookmarks. I have not heard anyone say that they did things this way, and I am suspicious about why that is the case.
Can someone tell me if I have missed something obvious (or subtle) here?