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Linuxhelp _ Technical Support _ Is it possible to boot from an external DVD drive?

Posted by: RandyAllen Jan 1 2009, 07:41 AM

I just bought an Acer Aspire One with Windows XP. I want to dual boot this with Linux. This netbook does not have a floppy, cd or DVD drive. Is it possible to boot from an external DVD drive or a flash drive? I don't want to buy an external dvd drive if I can't boot from it.

Posted by: michaelk Jan 1 2009, 08:35 AM

I am not real familiar with netbooks but I believe it is possible to boot from a USB device including flash drives.
Also check it pen drive linux. You can run linux from windows as a virtual OS. There are also live USB linux distributions.

Due to flash memory being limited in the number of write cycles a standard linux distribution may shorten its life due to journaling and swap.

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