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installing extra software using live-dvd but no hdd

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#1 cafejose


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Posted 04 April 2015 - 11:54 PM

I have an old laptop computer with no hard disk drive, cannot boot from a usb flash drive, but has a working optical disk drive.  I want to try Xubuntu (as a live-dvd), and be able to download and install additional software onto a usb flash drive and use the software so downloaded (and hopefully installed there).  I believe I would at least be able to browse any files existing on the usb flash drive  (because I did try this much using an attempt to test another live-dvd with a linux).    Can I do this?  How?



In case anyone wants to know the details, old laptop is Toshiba Satellite 1415-s115,  512 MB RAM, no longer any hard disk drive present; I do not remember right now the processor speed, but "Celeron...."   something.  USB receptacles in the back, but the machine CANNOT be made to "boot" from usb flash drive.  NO option for it.

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Posted 05 April 2015 - 12:04 AM


This page explains how to enhance a read-only LiveCD by adding persistent file storage on another drive.

LiveCD/Persistence - Community Help Wiki - Official Ubuntu ...

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Posted 06 April 2015 - 02:16 AM

And in case you wish to try Puppy, here's another. 




One of the key points though, no matter what you want to run, is not to finalise your CD or DVD. Unfortunately, you obviously don't have a working Windows OS, but if you have a friend of family member who'll allow you to use theirs, you can use this tool to create a bootable CD or DVD that's upgradable. 


The key is not to place a check in the Finalise Disc box, which by default, is left unchecked, check out the screenshots. That would give you a massive Linux OS to update, upgrade & run. Though I feel that you don't need to include all updates, just Level 1 & 2 ones. Much of the rest will be a waste of precious space. 





Performing full disc images weekly and keeping important data off of the 'C' drive as generated can be the best defence against Malware/Ransomware attacks, as well as a wide range of other issues. 

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