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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Installing OS4 on a removable drive

Some machines come with an SSD (Solid State Drive) but in this case we wont be discussing SSD's.  OS4 can also be installed on removable drives such as a bootable USB keys, MiniSD, MicroSD, and  Compact Flash disks.  For this exercise, we are not discussing making an installable removable drive but one that you can boot, run and be productive on a system as a primary drive.  Some of the reasons you would want to do this is if your system doesnt have a hard drive or to use OS4 on a machine where you dont want to change the primary OS installed on the hard drive.

First, acquire the media.  Ebay has cheap USB keys, Mini and MicroSD cards and Compact Flash cards available.  The only requirement is that the media be at least 10gb.  If you plan to do something in the line of audio production, video production or ray tracing you may want something over 20gb

Second, plug the media into a USB drive, for this you will need a card reader.  If its a USB key, you just need an available USB port.

Third, click on the OS4 menu, and go to Startup Disk Creator under the System menu.

Fourth, choose the OS4 ISO file in the Image Section, and your drive under the drive section.  Next, to make sure that all your settings are not lost when you reboot, create a persistence file..  I would choose a size for the file with the following in mind, all applications must save their configuration files, and that everything, web browsing, video consumption will be stored.  If you are using a 10gb drive my recommendation is 2gb and if you use anything over a a 10gb drive I would recommend a 5gb persistence file.  After you choose your ISO image and after you choose your device click on "Make Startup Disk".  Now you will have to have your administrative password twice, one to clear the drive and format it for use and the second time to install the bootloader.  Remove the drive when the system prompts you to.

Fifth, prepare the system that you plan to use.  Set the target systems BIOS to boot from USB.  Plug in your key or card reader and press the power button, when the boot screen comes up you can choose to use the "Live" environment.

Sixth, have fun.

If you want to use your compact flash as a hard drive you can order and purchase a SATA or IDE adapter from eBay or Amazon.

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