Previous Versions of Tiny Core
Install on a USB Drive
Before installation, save a copy of all files you want to keep. All files on the USB drive will be lost.
Tiny Core can be installed on various filesystems. For more information, see Filesystems.
Tiny Core can be installed on a USB drive while running Tiny Core installed on a computer, or while running Tiny Core from a live CD, and connected to the internet using a broadband internet connection.
Form the menu, select Tools -> USB Installation.
Another option is to open the terminal and type:
Enter appropriate information as prompted.
Run from the USB drive
With the USB drive connected to the computer, turn the computer off and restart.
Be aware, the BIOS in older computers cannot be set up to start an operating system from a USB drive.
If the BIOS cannot be set up to start an operating system from a USB drive, you can use PLoP Boot Manager to start the operating system from the USB drive.
Backup or Persistent /home and /opt
USB drives can only be written to a limited number of times (normally thousands), then they will not work.
You can reduce the number of times a usb drive is written to by using backup, and not having a persistent /home and /opt. This is how Tiny Core is installed by default.
However, if you use Tiny Core on a usb drive to browse the internet, a lot of information is saved by internet browsers. As a result backup will take a long time. Starting Tiny Core will also take a long time.
If you have a persistent /home and /opt, and exclude browser cache and settings from backup, or not use backup at all. Starting and shutting down Tiny Core will be quick, but the usb drive may not last as long.
Following is an explanation of how to have persistent /home and /opt on a usb drive.
After installing Tiny Core, as explained above, the file extlinux.conf should look something like this (the Ext filesystem was used).
Using a Root Text Editor, edit this to be like this.
The end of the line beginning with "APPEND" will normally return and be on the next line(s). If you enter it that way, it will not work. It must be on one line.
Use the UUID number of your usb drive, not the one shown here.
If you don't use Backup to save and restore settings, include "norestore" in the line which begins with "APPEND."
For more information, see Backup.
A computer uses a swap partition like extra RAM.
If you install Tiny Core on a USB drive, do not make a swap partition on the USB drive, as it will greatly shorten the life of the USB drive. If Linux is installed on the hard drive, it will have a swap partition and Tiny Core will use it. If there is no swap partition, make one on the hard drive.
Alternate Method or Tiny Core Versions Prior to 2.1
This method if installing Tiny Core was introduced in version 2.1. If you have an earlier version, it will not work. The easiest way to overcome this it to download the latest version. Another option is to use an Alternate Method of Installing Tiny Core on a USB Drive.
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