how to install ubuntu to a USB without erasing the files and so that you are able to boot ubuntu and use your USB files

Asked by dan hans

sorry for the very long summary. Basically what I don't know how to do is make Ubuntu a program on a USB drive. What I specifically want is to install Ubuntu so that I'm able to access the flash drive like a normal USB (without Ubuntu), BUT HAVE THE OPTION TO RUN UBUNTU, like a program (example: firefox browser portable). sorry if i'm making this unclear. Does anyone know how to do this? Thanks

Here's a detailed explanation/example: I plug in my flash drive, run chrome from the USB and copy, edit and remove files on the USB. After that, I want to run Ubuntu so I click on the Icon and it runs the program....

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Ishan A B Ambanwela (ishanaba) said :

Hi dan,
you can put Ubuntu to a flash drive and boot from it easily without formatting or deleting existing data.(There should be enough space to do that.)check this link

not like an application(like chrome) Ubuntu is an operating syatem. so you have to boot Ubuntu to use it. there is an option to install some ubuntu components in windows too. but there are no plug and play option for that.

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primefalcon (primefalcon) said :

another way is to copy the files to your computer then create the usb drive normally, allowing enough extra storage space for having the files you want....

then just boot from the live usb and copy the files back over to say the desktop (which will be the desktop for your usb stick

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