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    Default Installation on to a USB Key

    Just a general question, i know you can install OpenSUSE 11.1 on to a USB key i have already tested that. What i want to know is if there are any problems running the system from the USB key. Here is what im looking to do:

    Create a media server using Mediatomb to stream video and music to a PS3, with x3 1TB hard disks in a software raid 5 with / installed on to an 8GB USB key and all the video and music installed on to the raid disk. I know this will work but will the USB key be fast enough to do this and will it last or will the USB key fail after a short amount of time?

    Does anyone else run there PC or Server from a USB key and if so can they recommend setup and what USB keys are best for this?

    Or is any other form or solid state memory better for this role? The reason i have to use a USB drive is i don't have space or connections in the current Dell GX270 im using for a 4th HDD for the / system install, and i have played around for the last week trying to get a raid 5 using 3 disks with the / system installed and it doesn't work the way i want it to.

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    Default Re: Installation on to a USB Key

    Quote Originally Posted by 106666
    Just a general question, i know you can install OpenSUSE 11.1 on to a
    USB key i have already tested that. What i want to know is if there are
    any problems running the system from the USB key. Here is what im
    looking to do:

    Create a media server using Mediatomb to stream video and music to a
    PS3, with x3 1TB hard disks in a software raid 5 with / installed on to
    an 8GB USB key and all the video and music installed on to the raid
    disk. I know this will work but will the USB key be fast enough to do
    this and will it last or will the USB key fail after a short amount of
    time?

    Does anyone else run there PC or Server from a USB key and if so can
    they recommend setup and what USB keys are best for this?

    Or is any other form or solid state memory better for this role? The
    reason i have to use a USB drive is i don't have space or connections in
    the current Dell GX270 im using for a 4th HDD for the / system install,
    and i have played around for the last week trying to get a raid 5 using
    3 disks with the / system installed and it doesn't work the way i want
    it to.
    Hi
    I use an OCZ Rally2 USB drive, lot faster

    So how was the setup not working? Maybe posting in your other thread
    might help?

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    Default Re: Installation on to a USB Key

    Thanks for the reply will have a look at that USB Key.

    Anyone recommend any others and any issue with using a USB key to run your system from?

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Installation on to a USB Key

    If you want use suse, then the 11.1 kde 3.5 unofficial live usb image is probably faster.

    Personally, I'd go for a much lighter distro for this.

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    Default Re: Installation on to a USB Key

    Quote Originally Posted by Confuseling View Post
    If you want use suse, then the 11.1 kde 3.5 unofficial live usb image is probably faster.

    Personally, I'd go for a much lighter distro for this.
    Such as????

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    Default Re: Installation on to a USB Key

    Quote Originally Posted by 106666
    Confuseling;2032298 Wrote:
    > If you want use suse, then the 11.1 kde 3.5 unofficial live usb image
    > is probably faster.
    >
    > Personally, I'd go for a much lighter distro for this.


    Such as????
    Hi
    Whatever you like to rollout if you use SUSE Studio
    http://susestudio.com

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    Default Re: Installation on to a USB Key

    Malcolm has a good point.

    If you use a USB drive, as opposed to a stick, you're no longer as constrained.

    If you use SUSE, using studio you can muck around with the contents, so you can make it lighter.

    If you're using a stick, it might well be easier to go for something like zenwalk, or even puppy or something (assuming they can be persuaded to run the software you need).

    But the USB drive (whether flash or not) is probably the better option.

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    Why not using XBMC ?

    It has a live USB version you can install on a USB stick.

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    Ok thanks guys. Suse Studio is great and just what i was looking for.

    As it turns out i have been playing around with the USB stick install and i have had a few problems getting it to boot.

    Can anyone point me in the right direction of how to install OpenSUSE 11.1 on a USB stick which it can boot from the USB stick, ie grub setup, and then have x3 1TB HDD in a raid 5 setup.

    When i try to do this it installs fine onto the USB stick and set grub to install onto the USB stick by ticking the use / install to install grub to. When i reboot grub doesn't start. ANy pointer would be great. Thanks

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    Default Re: Installation on to a USB Key

    Some references are:
    Software.openSUSE.org and search for unetbootin. (This works if you are running 32 bit suse.) and
    Boot and run Linux from a USB flash memory stick | USB Pen Drive Linux

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