Operating system running from flash drive

Posted on 2012-08-23
Last Modified: 2012-08-23

I would like to know if are there possibilities to do the following:

Use a flash drive as the storage of a whole operating system (linux or windows) and being able to use it from any computer capable of booting via usb.

Is it possible ? This way I would have access to all my files and programs and setup from any computer.

Waiting your precious input.
Thanks in advance !
Question by:mdtanos
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    by:☠ MASQ ☠
    Windows operating systems are deliberately designed not to run in this way but there are a number of Linux distros that can be configured to launch from a USB drive.

    Here's an example for Mint but you'll find similar guides with open source utilities to help create the file structure for your favorite flavor of Linux.
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    yes, it's possible.
    This is called portable apps.
    It's easier on linux (live CD distro can be installed/converted to usb) where you can have a separated partition to store your data.

    Boot from USB can be challenging... some old computers have problems to do this!
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    Linux will do this but be aware of the limitations of swapping between different hardware...

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    I see thanks for those answers !

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