How to install ubuntu on an external hard drive

Step 1: Your flash drive.
One of the things you need to take into consideration is the size of ubuntu’s default install and the size of your flash media. My suggestion is something about close to 7-8gigs to be comfortable but I think a 4gig flash drive should suffice if you plan to use something like a persistant live cd, I suggest 7-8 as we are going to do a full install of Ubuntu 9.04.

Step 2: Loading your cd in live mode first
I suggest this first as it will allow you to access tools the install environment would give you. once loaded go to

System->Administration->Partition Editor

Select your drive you want to install ubuntu on (in my case it was an external Hard drive about 80gigs) and format at least 80% of your hard drive as ext4 with the mount point as / and the rest format it as a linux swap patition.

Step 3: Installing Ubuntu (finally)
now that we partitioned our flash media it’s time to install ubuntu. Double click on the install icon and follow the instructions, select your flash media to install it on and then when it comes to review the installations click on advance on the last page and select /dev/hda (all depending what ubuntu classifies your flash drive as) and this will install grub right on your flash drive and not on your computers hard drive.

Step 4: Testing it out
now once installed reboot your computer and select it to boot from a usb drive and you should see grub load :)

There you have it folks Ubuntu installed on a removable storage device. Eventually I’ll add some screenshots of the process to show you guys

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Appetizer Application Launcher

here is an interesting application I found that you all should like very much.


What is Appetizer?


This is a free application launcher, or dock, for Windows. It allows organizing your shortcuts and folders into a convenient dock. The app is open source, which means that it’s free and will remain so. It is entirely customizable and is available in multiple languages.

Download Appetizer

Additionally, if you are using the standard folder structure (apps in “PortableApps” and documents in “Documents”), it should detect everything automatically.


  • Support for plugins
  • Support for multiple skins (two included)
  • Resizable dock, which allows displaying the icons both horizontally or vertically.
  • Three sizes of icons: Small, large and extra-large
  • Support for custom icons
  • ‘Wizard’ to automatically imports shortcuts from various locations
  • Organize the icons by drag & dropping them
  • ‘Multi-launch’ functionality
  • Regroup multiple shortcuts within one menu
  • Hot key to hide / show the dock
  • Special items to provide extra functionalities: hide / show the desktop, Recycle Bin, Control Panel, etc.
  • Support for multiple languages
  • Minimize to tray icon functionality

my suggestion folks try this software out, it’s pretty lean and cool, if you want more information about this application go to their homepage

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Forums are now running

howdy all,

Just to let you all know the forums are now fixed with a new style the url is found at come online and start posting.

Hope to see you there

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ImageCodySafe is is the most convenient and user-friendly portable applications launcher I’ve ever seen. It manages applications both supporting PAF (PortableApps Format) and non-PAF portable apps. What is important, it is absolutely FREE.


  • Add and remove portable applications
  • Manage Auto-Run applications feature
  • Set custom command line parameters for each application
  • Keep your drive healthy with Drive Doctor
  • Manage documents and pictures, music and video
  • Always know the amount of used and free space of your portable drive

Other Data:
License: Freeware
OS: Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000
Multilanguage support Currently available in:

  • English
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Dutch
  • Català-Valencià
  • Português (Brasil)
  • Japanese

Codysafe web page
Download CodySafe


This post was contributed by Eugene (aka netdiver on the forums)
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Explorer++ is a free file manager for Windows. Available on Windows XP and above, it features the same familiar interface as Windows Explorer, while introducing several enhancements and improvements for a much richer file browsing experience.



  • With the option to save to the registry or a configuration file, Explorer++ is completely portable.
  • Browse both real and virtual folders.
  • Tabbed browsing for easy management of multiple folders.
  • Display window shows previews of images as they are selected.
  • Easy-to-remember keyboard shortcuts for quick navigation.
  • Customizable user interface.
  • Full drag-and-drop support with other applications, including Windows Explorer.
  • Advanced file operations such as merging and splitting supported.
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Keryx Update tool

howdy all

I found this neat tool that allows you to update Linux Operating systems that are running dialup or have limited bandwidth and it’s called keryx, now you all may be saying what the heck is he talk about a linux tool when this site covers mostly windows?, well folks this tool runs in windows too :).

what it does is that it pulls updates from your (at this moment it’s just debian based operating systems) *nix computer and produces a list with where to download the updates where you can take that to another computer thats lets say running windows and get the updates there. (still confused? think it’s still a linux only tool?) Well keryx always has a windows binary that does the downloading of the updates for you :) and there is also in the makings a windows update plugin for it and even one for

I have below a screenshot (thanks to the developer exid3 of keryx for the screenshot)

keryxwindows This app will hopefully revolutionize for dialup users on how they update their computer so that they can stay up to date with the latest security updates for their operating system.

My suggestion is to try them out or send them a donation so that they can continue development of keryx (which can be found on their project site).

Also another note, I heard from exid3 that he is going to GSoC (Google Summer of Code) we congratulate him on the acceptance and hope he succeeds well when he is there.

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DropboxPortable Syncs Files to Your Thumb Drive

Howdy all, While browsing I found a neat program called DropBox, it’s a tool that allows you to syncronize your files to another place, now the information I found is about a wrapper for DropBox making it portable.

This is what has to say about this portable application ;)

Windows only: Free application DropboxPortable makes the popular file-syncing application thumb-drive friendly, so you can access your synced bucket from your thumb drive no matter what computer you’re using. It’s great that Dropbox allows you to access a synced bucket of files on your several computers so you know you’re always working with the latest and greatest, but if you’re using a computer where you can’t install Dropbox permanently, this portable version lets you enjoy the benefits without hassling with Dropbox’s web-based access, where the process of editing and syncing files is much more clumsy. The application isn’t perfect, and requires an attentive installation process, but if you can get it up and running, it’s a great option for getting more from Dropbox.

now you can also find more information at the DropBoxPortable post at the dropbox forums

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1 Suite 1.5

Hey guys, New release of the Suite is now here, found below is some information about the update *note this was borrowed from Platform Platform

The Platform 1.5 release adds lots of new features including:

New Theme – The Menu has a greatly improved display engine and a slick new theme to go along with it. It’s PNG based allowing transparent hovers on buttons and other great looking extras. And the next release of the platform in 2 weeks will let you theme it yourself.

App Icon Renaming – Now you can rename all your apps so they appear just as you like.

App Icon Hiding – You can easily hide icons right from the menu. This is especially useful when you add apps that aren’t in Format (Did you know the Platform works with all portable apps?).

Better Multilingual Support – The Platform now supports 37 languages and has a 55 langauge installer making it easy for everyone to install and use.

App Language Switching – When you switch languages in the menu and then launch one of our multilingual apps like Pidgin, GIMP, Notepad++, VLC and others, the app will automatically come up in the language the menu is set to. This way, you don’t have to hunt around in an app to figure out how to change its language. (Of course, the app has to support your chosen language for this to work properly.)

Improved Wallpaper Swapper – The built in wallpaper swapper now supports widescreen and standard wallpapers and will automatically use the best one for the PC you’re on.

Run As (Admin) – You can now run individual applications as an admin or other user directly within the menu.

Hide Desktop Icons – You can optionally have the platform hide the PC’s desktop icons while it’s running, giving you a cleaner desktop.

Transparency – The menu supports a new transparency setting to give it a glassy effect and see the desktop below it.

App Details on Hover – When you hover over an app’s icon, you can see all the details of the app. Now you don’t have to start it up to remember what version you have installed.

all I have to say is that if you used the old suite it’s time to update and if you haven’t before you should definetly try this suite out

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A master-mind clone, that will make you stare at it for minutes! The best looking program in the world, no kidding. Take a look at this! Different game levels, mathematical methods to compute combinations left, HINT if you can’t think of something, High-Scores, Timer, and one of the coolest user interfaces you’ve EVER SEEN. Designed in Adobe Photoshop, using built-in, Alien Skin and Kai Power Tools filters.

CyberMind website: here

Download CyberMind: here the music of cosmos.mp3

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TEAC intros multifunction portable hard drive

TEAC has introduced a new multifunction portable hard drive, although if by “multifunction” you’re expecting TEAC to provide many functions, you may be somewhat disappointed. The primary function here is, of course, storage, with 40GB, 80GB, and 120GB options available to suit daily data diet. The multitude of other functions begins and ends with how you get all that data onto the drive, with not only a regular USB 2.0 interface at your disposal, but a built-in memory card reader to accommodate all your standard memory card formats as well. The idea being to reduce the number of memory cards you need to carry around with you to one, which you can offload directly onto the TEAC drive whenever it gets stuffed. What it won’t let you do is view the photos or listen to the music you’ve got stored on it directly from the drive, a la other multi multifunction devices, but you can view the drive’s status on its “large” LCD screen. It’s not clear how much it’ll cost yet, but TEAC says the the 40GB model will be available December 1st, with the 80GB and 120GB drives to follow at a later, unspecified date

Article source: here

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