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LiveUSB Drives: Why, How-to, and Where At

Jul 07, 2010, 12:04 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jacob Barkdull)

[ Thanks to Jacob Barkdull for this link. ]

"I'll just get this out right now, I've fallen for Live USB drives. Yes, and if you haven't yet, you will. What fills an entire CD, only fills 17% of a 4GB thumb drive (8% of an 8GB, 4% of a 16GB, 2% of a 32GB, and so on). And you don't have to throw them away when you're done using them or if they're outdated, you just reinstall.

"In contrast to Live CDs, the data contained on a Live USB can be changed and additional data can be stored on the same device (this is called "persistence"). You can carry your favorite operating system, applications, configuration, and personal files with you, making it easy to share a single system between multiple people. Programs also start faster and run better from a USB flash drive than from a Live CD.

"How-To: To make a Live USB all you need is a drive, the tools, and a LiveCD ISO image file"

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