not sure if to post this here, I hope it's the right place.
I am trying to put Linux Mint (with persistence) on a 8GB USB thumb drive.
This is what I usually do in GParted:
- delete all the partitions on the thumb drive
- create a first FAT32 partition (let's say 1.5GB)
- install Linux Mint with persistence (using tools like Unetbootin) and flag the partition as "boot"
- use all the remaining space on the device to create a ext2 partition labelled "casper-rw"
- delete the "casper-rw" file on the FAT32 partition
This give me a bootable USB drive with Linux and as much room for persistence as I have on the device.
The problem is such USB drive doesn't boot on my new PC (W7 installed on SSD).
As far as I understand it doesn't work because of the EFI/UEFI.
After reading around I tried this procedure:
- deleted all the partitions on the thumb drive
- in GParted -> Device -> Create Partition Table -> GPT
- created a 1.5GB FAT32 partition. It was flagged as "msftdata", I changed it to "boot"
- mounted the Linux Mint ISO and copied all the files into that partition
- created the ext2 partition and labelled it "casper-rw"
I haven't tested it yet but I have some questions:
- there is no "casper-rw" file (the persistence file) to delete in the FAT32 partition. Is this a persistent Linux or not?
- it is very important that my machine remains exactly as it is. Assuming this thumb drive boots, will it change anything on the PC?
Just to be clear: I am not interested in a dual-boot system, I only need to run Linux from the thumb drive.
Thanks for your help.