Multi-boot bootable external rescue HDD+PAFs+movies and music.How many diff partitions?NTFS?FAT32?
Just got a 500GB 2.5'' HDD (Seagate SATA 2.0) but using in a USB 2.0/eSATA/FireWire 400 HDD dock (connecting to PCs by USB 2.0 right now) so essentially an external HDD (also on box: ''certified'' logos/sys reqs: LINUX, Windows 7, Vista, XP, Mac OS X with Intel CPUs).
Other info: I'm new to the Linux world...starting since 1/21/2011 F (a friend put together a Mythbuntu box from my repurposed/mobo recapped HP m400y desktop who restore disks found to be no good and HP handicapped their mobos/lock you in to using HP as your replacement vendor with some ''tattooing'' process--imagine, paid good money for NO GOOD restore disks and locked-in system. Avoid HP, I'd say!).
Onto matter at hand/''my project'': I want to create a multi-boot bootable external rescue disk. Can said rescue disk be in the form of actually being a rescue HDD (because I heard of bootable Linux OS but those discussions have been ''Live'' CD/DVD maybe even USB flash stick...but never rescue HDD)? So a rescue HDD possible? Rescue/troubleshooting whether from crashed/dead PC and/or malwares. What's a good Linux distro to use (mobo permitting)? Is there a somewhat full-featured but bootable MCE type Linux distro (cuz I like MCEs)? I know of LinuxMCE, Mythbuntu, GeeXboX+Enna, Linux Mint, Ubuntu Studio...the latter two with MythTV...Which of these have/not have 10-foot GUI? Anyone been able to get any one of these more full-featured Linux using it as bootable rescue HDD? Or recommended to stick with a lighter weight one? Which one?
• 10-ft GUI, HOME AUTOMATION http://linuxmce.org/index.php/support
= Kubuntu OS-based+KDE Desktop
• Live CD, 10-ft GUI http://mythbuntu.org/support
• 10-ft GUI, limited TiVo functionality BUT will be implemented fully in later versions http://elementmypc.com/main/support
• Live CD, 10-ft GUI, per http://distrowatch.com/geexbox NO DESKTOP
instead based on MPlayer [
so my interpretation Embedded Settop Box-ISH so PC caN'T be used as a NORMAL PC per se so you can't install other, NON-multimedia apps, OO.o for example under GeeXboX...I guess unless said PC multi-boot into another ''more useful'' OS WITH a DESKTOP]
, NOT .deb, NOT UBMCE = Ubuntu.com-BASED MCE, Enna has PLANNED future TiVo functionality http://geexbox.org/forum
) ( http://distrowatch.com/geexbox
) + http://enna.geexbox.org/features
• Live medium, 10-ft GUI, NOT .deb, NOT UBMCE = Ubuntu.com-BASED MCE LinHES (formerly KnoppMyth) http://mysettopbox.tv/support
[.html OPTIONAL] ( http://LinHES.org
(OLD domain http://MySetTopBox.tv
REdirects to NEW http://LinHES.org
LinHES is an attempt to make the installation of GNU/Linux and MythTV as trivial as possible. It includes everything needed to get your set-top box up and running in as little time as possible. LinHES is based on Arch Linux and is targeted at anyone looking for a set-top box solution.
• Live DVD and CD, which desktop is better: GNOME or KDE? http://forums.LinuxMint.com
) ( http://distrowatch.com/mint
) ( http://distrowatch.com/ubuntustudio
• http://mythtv.org/support ]
I'm also thinking putting on said external HDD a partition for 1 or more combo of bootable Windows variant (32-bit XP MCE 2004/2005, Vista, and/or 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 7), so bootable external HDD Windows possible ? If yes, does it matter whether Linux or Windows partition is created first before the other? Please tell me the order.
Also heard something called /swap partition for Linux (are there other partitions?)...what other ''recommended'' partitions do I need, whether for Linux or Windows? In other words, I want best/optimum/recommended partitioning. As you can gather my intention is to shuffle this HDD back and forth between Linux and Windows PCs
. So the numbers of partitions you gonna be recommending, what file system should the different ones be in: FAT32 and/or NTFS? (I found Seagate's own DiscWizard will let me format FAT32 for devices > 32 GB.)If any of these partitions gonna happen to be FAT32 and a given file is > 4 GB and I want to copy it to a FAT32 partition/drive, what happens then? Must use a file splitter/joiner?! I think the app name is HJSplit, right?
I also want a partion to install so I can use these so-called ''PAFs'' portable apps
(gonna be installed to the recommended X:\\PortableApps\\AppNamePortable directory. PAFs are Windows apps, self-contained so don't have to be installed locally onto the C:\\ drive. Though Windows apps, can be used in Linux if compatible with Wine. AND still works with Windows!) (And I guess keep a few movies and music too for portable entertainment on the road/in between fixing computers.) So what should this last partition be: FAT32 or NTFS?Bottom line for this project: I want optimum compatibility (Linux+Windows) + file system efficiency + don't want troubles later (eg, lost data, whatnots).
This is something I have been able to find out, FWIW:
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Thanks for your help in the matter!EDIT:
Might be some miscategorizations cuz remember, I'm a Linux nQQb and my own interpretations of what I read compared against my knowledge, haha:
• Advanced Search @ http://distrowatch.com/search
[.php OPTIONAL] w/ ''Rescue'' , ''Ubuntu.com-BASED'', ''Active'' checkboxes checked:
BackTrack is an Ubuntu-based distribution with a collection of security and forensics tools. It was created by merging Auditor Security Linux with WHAX (formerly Whoppix).
GnackTrack is an Ubuntu-based distribution and live CD featuring a collection of utilities for penetration testing.
3. Ubuntu Rescue Remix
Ubuntu Rescue Remix is a GNU/Linux live system which runs from CD or USB Flash device. It provides the data recovery specialist with a command-line interface environment equipped with some of the best free and open source data recovery and forensics tools available.[I think ''command-line interface'' gonna intimidate me!]
• Advanced Search with ''firewall'' checked:Debris Linux
Debris Linux is a minimalist, desktop-oriented distribution and live CD based on Ubuntu. It includes the GNOME desktop and a small set of popular desktop applications, such as GNOME Office, Firefox web browser, Pidgin instant messenger, and ufw firewall manager. Debris Linux ships with a custom kernel, a custom system installer called DebI, and a script that makes it easy to save and restore any customisations made while in live mode.
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