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Linux Virtual Machine on Flash Drive?

For a while, I've been trying to figure out a way to run Linux without taking up a lot of hard drive space or deleting my Windows installation. Is it possible to install a virtual machine on a flash drive or USB drive and run it on one computer?

Please help!

Thank you!

Longbowman3 years ago
Yes possible. I did it with VB and Qemu both.

There is a portable version of VirtualBox (VB) download and install it and setup OS but keep in mind that the virtualdisk should also be on your pendrive.

Qemu is also good.
I used it for Damn small linux.

you can also install complete linux on your USB just like your harddisk and can boot it on any PC. If interested comment...........
:)
orksecurity3 years ago
It is possible to install a bootable Linux on a flash or USB drive, certainly. (There are some particularly small Linuxes specifically intended to be carry-anywhere-on-your-thumb-drive setups.)

I haven't seen anything which combines that with virtual machine software so you can plug it in and have it start up under Windows. My impression is that the VM systems want to install at the operating system layer before you can use them to run other operating systems. But it might be possible.
megakacktus (author)  orksecurity3 years ago
Thanks! I appreciate your information.
Burf3 years ago

Yep, go here and it will tell you everything you need to set up an flash drive Linux.

http://www.pendrivelinux.com/
megakacktus (author)  Burf3 years ago
Thanks for the suggestion. I'm definitely going to check that out.