Install OS on USB pen drive?

  Thalmus 12:20 05 Jan 2006

Hi guys, not a problem, more of a curisoity

I've got a 1GB USB pen drive, and a computer that is capiable of botting from a USB device.

I was wondering if it is possible to install an OS on it (probably 98 or 2000) and have my computer boot from it.

  Diemmess 12:35 05 Jan 2006

Install an OS on a pen drive?
Win 98SE = No, That OS requires a Fixed Disk drive and C: at that.
Win 2000 = Honestly don't know, but unlikely.

Personal experience of 2K would suggest it would be a bare OS with 1 Gb, and no use at all except for getting at another corrupt system and salvaging something?

  Big Elf 12:39 05 Jan 2006

I've read that flash memory can't handle lots of file writes which are required for an OS. After saying that I remember Flecc saying that he planned to have a go at it with his cut down version of Win98.

  Thalmus 12:40 05 Jan 2006

Yeah that was the idea, then if someone screws up their system, then would make it easy to recover.

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