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GTink911

Run ZorinOS only from USB drive

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I have been a Windows user for my entire (admittedly short) life, but I am getting curious about Linux distros. I ended up going with ZorinOS for it's easy UI, but I am definitely not ready to switch entirely. Thus the question: Is it possible to use a USB drive as a entire OS without installing anything onto the host computer?

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a bit painful but yes


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Depending on what you're doing and the speed of your USB stick, it'll likely be (very) slow but still usable.


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Posted · Original PosterOP

Like how slow should I be expecting? I have a USB 3.0 drive. I'm obviously not expecting SSD speeds, but I'm wondering just how slow.

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4 minutes ago, GTink911 said:

Like how slow should I be expecting? I have a USB 3.0 drive. I'm obviously not expecting SSD speeds, but I'm wondering just how slow.

Probably slower than a mechanical spinning hard drive. In terms of benchmarked sequential read/write speeds the flash drive is technically very slightly faster, but also has a much smaller cache size than a modern hard drive. It'll feel pretty slow once the cache gets filled up, which will be pretty quick when running an entire operating system off of it.


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