I am currently using UBUNTU in Raspberry Pi4. I have another PC that has a crashed hard disk. So what I am planning is to get rid of that HDD and use a pen-drive instead. What I am planning is to make a pendrive that is not live and it will be booted every time I open the PC. Is there any software or process that can help me install the OS in the pendrive? I have balena etcher and rpi-imager installed in my UBUNTU. Are they helpful in this situation.

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    You'd probably want two thumb drivers or an optical disk and a thumb drive. Basically, you'd boot to the optical disk and just pick the thumb drive as your installation disk. All writable disks, including a thumb drive, should appear as destination choices during the installation. I will also mention that replacement drives are inexpensive and Linux (itself) doesn't take up much space. You can get a 128 GB SDD for under well under $50. Disk space is exceptionally cheap these days.
    – KGIII
    Jul 25, 2020 at 19:35
  • Have you performed a google search before asking. The google search for "pendrive linux" puts this top of my search results: pendrivelinux.com . The technical term you may have missed is live usb. If you google for "how to create Ubuntu live USB" you should come up with some pretty good results. Jul 25, 2020 at 19:43
  • Possibly a more relevant link: ubuntu.com/tutorials/create-a-usb-stick-on-ubuntu#1-overview Jul 25, 2020 at 20:52
  • There is a detailed description how to install Ubuntu into a USB drive (like it were installed into an internal drive) at this link.
    – sudodus
    Jul 25, 2020 at 23:24


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