A Pc Within a Pc!

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is one computer at your desk not enough?
do you require the amount of security provided with nothing but a new OS?
if the answer to either of the above is yes here's the solution!

Step 1: Case

this part is not difficult ... find a suitable case to house the following components;

4 port usb hub
1~2 usb thumb drives
male to female usb cable - not essential.

when selecting (or creating) a case there are 2 things to consider, these are;

material - metal may short naked electrical components
plastics - are easy to work with

the 2 unused usb hub ports can be used for memory or user interface devices like a mouse or key board so its a good idea to keep these accessible. 

Step 2: Electrical Components

the case only needs to contain 2 parts of circuitry, a 4 port hub and at least 1 usb thumb drive (1GB or higher) 
you may have to remove the plastic housing of the hub and memory sticks to be able to fit!

hook it up as the picture shows and insert it into your case!

Step 3: Software Download

depending on the amount of space on your chosen thumb drive you will have to select a operating system.

i recommend Damn Small Linux (DSL) for drives of up to 4 GB and Ubuntu for drives of 4 GB or more.

links:

lucid puppy (dsl build) ................ http://puppylinux.org/main/Download%20Latest%20Release.htm
Ubuntu............................................ http://www.ubuntu.com/download/ubuntu/download                              - download recommended version!                  

Step 4: Software Install

simply burn the selected iso to your thumb drive using the program of your choice!

BIOS
before this OS will boot it is essential to rearrange the boot order of the PC you wish to use the drive with.
enter bios by using the default start up key (dependent on machine and bios version) and ensure usb is in the first boot slot.

Step 5: After Thoughts...

at this point in time you have three available usb ports on the hub, these could be used for;

mice
keyboards
Linux compatible usb dongle/wi-fi antenna 
extra file space in the form of thumb drives or external hard drives

the possibilities are truly endless so be creative!

PDF of these steps... https://www.instructables.com/pdf/A-pc-within-a-pc/A-pc-within-a-pc.pdf

done! 

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    batvanio

    3 months ago

    This is not a computer, but just an external device with an additional operating system. What is the point? Only one of these operating systems can work at a time. The same thing is more useful to just shrink the disk / partition and there to put 2 operating system. Even with some Linux operating systems (Ubuntu) it is not necessary. They can be found in a folder of Windows itself and removed as needed in a simple program. There are even programs that can turn one computer into 2 fully independent computers as long as you have 2 monitors, 2 mice and keyboards.

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    sonicdude10

    6 years ago on Step 5

    Now I get it. It would be easier to just use a "Virtual PC Box" like VM Ware or something else like it if the host PC is fast enough. Then there's no need to mess with the BIOS boot order. Second OS runs from a window in first OS.

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    dfalk

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Very cool!.. I got an idea: I wounder if you can get a usb screen to it I wounder if it work....

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    ViperSniper

    7 years ago on Introduction

    this is great dude, but u still need a pc to use this and also there is no input for a screen.

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    agis68

    7 years ago on Introduction

    I wish to see more good fotos of your project. The concept is simple and nicely done but not well supported by pics and description.....