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Installing mx-18 to usb with persistence

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Installing mx-18 to usb with persistence

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Post by shellback » Thu Dec 20, 2018 4:17 pm

Howdy all. New to the forum so I hope this is the right place for this issue.

I'm installing mx-18 to a usb chip using unetbootin.

I have to install to a fat32 partition or else the device won't boot.

However I want my persistent storage to be on a separate ext4 partition.

Could not figure out how to make this happen.

Very easy to do with debian live systems.

Any suggestions as to how to accomplish this with mx-18?

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Installing mx-18 to usb with persistence

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Post by fehlix » Thu Dec 20, 2018 4:26 pm

Have a look into the manual or here Make a live-USB with Persistence
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Re: Installing mx-18 to usb with persistence

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Post by BitJam » Thu Dec 20, 2018 4:54 pm

shellback wrote:
Thu Dec 20, 2018 4:17 pm
Howdy all. New to the forum so I hope this is the right place for this issue.

I'm installing mx-18 to a usb chip using unetbootin.

I have to install to a fat32 partition or else the device won't boot.

However I want my persistent storage to be on a separate ext4 partition.
First, I think it would be better to convert to a full-featured live-usb using our make-live-usb program. If you have a 2nd usb stick then boot your unetbootin live-usb, plug in the 2nd stick and run mx-make-live-usb. It should offer you "clone mode" to clone your existing live system to the new stick.

This new stick will have a small fat-32 partition for UEFI booting and a large ext4 partition for everything else. Running live on a crappy fat-32 partition is not recommended and can easily lead to data loss.

However, it is very easy in MX and antiX to specify a different partition for persistence. Use one of these boot options:

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pdev= (device name of persistence partition such as "sda3")
plab= (label of persistence partition)
puuid= (UUID of persistence partition)
In addition, you should be able to save this option either with F8 --> "save" when you legacy boot or via the text menus when you custom boot via UEFI.

Running a live system on fat-32 is supported (and is a giant pain in the neck for us) but it is not encouraged. I encourage you to use clone mode in mx-live-usb-maker to create a full featured live-usb.

I've attached LIVE-README.txt which contains descriptions of most of the live boot options.

Here is a blurb about some of our extensive live-usb features: The Most Extensive Live-usb on the Planet!

Here are a couple of examples:

Our live-usb-storage feature automatically gives you a persistent directory at ~/Live-usb-storage. This will appear on the live-usb at /Live-usb-storage/<user-name>/.

The live-usb-save feature saves a list of files across reboots even without persistence. In addition, some of the files are saved on a machine by machine basis. This way hardware tweaks you make for one machine aren't carried over to other machines.
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Re: Installing mx-18 to usb with persistence

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Post by shellback » Thu Dec 20, 2018 8:43 pm

Thank y'all very much. I've got a lot to learn.

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