Ubuntu :: Use Compact Flash As A Drive ?

May 29, 2010

I have a project were I have been trying to use Compact Flash (CF Card) was a Ubuntu system drive, but can't seem to successful partition it. I can partition without error, but I go back into the partition tool it gives usually a cryptic error about the partitions. They won't format either. For example Gparted puts orange triangles next to each partition. cfdisk says partition exceeds cylinder boundary. I've tried three different computer, two different CF to IDE adapters (a laptop and desktop type) and four different models/brands of CF cards all are supposed to fixed disk IDE compatible. My theory is the drive geometry is not being detected correctly, or maybe a sector alignment issue. I've tried GUID partitions too and it doesn't help. How do I correctly partition a CF card?

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Hardware :: Using A Compact Flash Card As A Hard Drive Improve Battery Life?

Aug 30, 2010

I am wanting to replace the hard drive on my laptop with a Compact Flash Card. I bought a card and a adapter, but I am seeing that there are a lot of downsides to this (e.g. the card is slower, writes should be conserved because of limited write cycles, etc..) plus, in order to change the hard drive in my laptop (ibook g3 clamshell) you literally have to disassemble the entire thing! I mainly wanted to do this project to increase my battery life. However, some people say that it doesn't make much of a difference, while others say it is wonderful. So, to those that have done this mod, how much of a difference did it make for you?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Trying To Install To Compact Flash Card?

Feb 8, 2010

I'm trying to install Ubuntu 9.10 to a Compact Flash card. It's not going very well. I have a 4GB USB drive that I want to install from. I can boot from this USB drive and get into either Ubuntu itself or the installation program only. Either way, I've tried to install it.

My Sandisk Extreme IV 4GB 45MB/s compact flash card is detected in my BIOS and shows up during the installation as well. Whenever I try to finalize and start the installation it gets to 15% and then gives an error on how it can't mount the file system.

I've tried every file system available. Funny thing is, I can use gparted to format the card to ext2. It then shows up on the desktop as a drive. If I go into that drive, there's a folder called lost+found. If I try to enter that folder it complains about permissions.

Is there any special trick to installing onto a compact flash card? I've tried with every file system available, with and without a swap file partition as well. I have quite scarce experience with Ubuntu and Linux in general so this is incredibly hard. But I wont give up that easily!

Second thought: If I can't get this working, would it be just as OK to run it as a "live" distro on the CF card? The motherboard is an Intel D945GSEJT. Using 1 gig ram.

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Ubuntu :: Compact Flash Limited To 1024 Files In Nautilus?

Sep 26, 2010

I just got an 8 gig compact flash card for my SLR camera. When I open the card (using a card reader) in Nautilus (Ubuntu 10.04) it will only list about 1024 files and not the rest. It does not provide any warnings so one could easily think all files have been copied when in fact they haven't. This could be a real issue if the user does not notice. Using another app called rapid photo downloader in Ubuntu does not seem to list/preview all the files either. I dual boot to win xp 32 bit and I can see all the photos and can copy them to the harddrive without any issues so I don't think it is hardware related. How to get Nautilus to allow the copy of all files?

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Debian :: Format The Target Device ( A 4G Compact Flash )?

Oct 8, 2010

I need to install an aplication to several machines. The aplication runs on a Debian and the installation process is done with a usb. I'm using a plop live usb to perform the installation. I've seen that with plop , once the live system is on, i can run some scripts.

What I'm trying to do is:

->format the target device (a 4G compact flash).
->mount the formatted device.
->untar my debian.tar.gz in that device.
After rebooting, the system never boots.
Using a live CD and invoking "fdisk -lu" :


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Jun 16, 2011

Making a live CD using tools such as livecd-creator seems like a good solution to create a bootable read-only image to install on Compact Flash. My goal is to prevent failure due to write cycle limits of Compact Flash memory. A secondary goal is to have the live CD available for troubleshooting. However, Usenet postings indicate challenges in making the live CD image on CF bootable. Has anyone succeeded in doing this?

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General :: Making A Bootable Partition On A Compact Flash?

May 4, 2011

I have never worked with Linux before but as part of my new job I need to format and install a program on a compact flash card. I have followed our procedure to the T but when i install the card I get a No bootable partition error. Here is what I'm doing. I go into Gnome terminal and change to my directory to "cd dcmsetupdir" (this may not be important but I want to give as much info as I can. Then I type "sudo ./format_cf". once this is complete (no errors detected), I type in "sudo ./install_cf" this seems to install correctly but when I boot up the unit with the card in I get the no bootable partition error.

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Aug 24, 2011

I have a bootable Linux compact flash card and want to copy it to an SD card. What would be the easiest way to do this?

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Debian :: OS Running On Compact Flash Card - Files Appear To Be Corrupt?

Sep 30, 2009

I have a system with Voyage-Linux (Debian based) as my OS running on a compact flash card. Some files appear to be corrupt on it. Whenever I do a ls,cp,mv,rm command on these files I get the message Stale NFS file handle. I actually had the problem on 2 identical systems. I fixed the first one by attaching the CF card to another linux system and then running e2fsck -f -v /dev/sdb1. It got rid of the bad file.

My problem is I won't be able to do that all the time. I'm gonna have several of these systems in different places and won't have direct access to them, therefore I'm looking for a solution that would work on the system itself. Now running e2fsck on a mounted filesystem seems to be a bad idea from what I read, but I tried anyway and it did not get rid of the file. I tried running tune2fs -c 1 /dev/hda1 and rebooting, which is supposed to run e2fsck after the next boot (not 100% sure here) but that didn't seem to work.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Toshiba Portege 3480ct Compact Flash Install Error

Apr 5, 2011

I'm trying to install hardy on a portege 3480. I have connected via USB caddy and run it via a lynx build desktop and installed hardy via unetbootin onto the 8gb CF. the machine then boots to the menu where you chan choose live, memtest etc. on choosing the live option to boot the machine up it then bombs out with a error. " menu.c32: not a com32R image Boot:"

it gets this far, so its not far off, but i'm stumped as where to go next

i have read that tftpd is a possibility to get this running but have run into issues setting it up hence looking at removing the CF out for a unetbootin style install.

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OpenSUSE Network :: Error When Mounting Remote Cifs/samba Compact Flash?

Jan 3, 2010

Am in the process of upgrading from an ancient OpenSuSE release (7.2) to 11.2. One thing I have been unable to do that worked fine under 7.2 is remotely mounting a compact flash drive from an XP machine. Worked fine for many moons on 7.2:

# mount -t cifs -o rw //xpbox/'cf (H)' /cf0
I get:
mount error(12): Cannot allocate memory
Other cifs mounts of hard disks work fine.

I found a posting that says this means the memory allocation error is from the XP side. It says to fiddle with the XP registry, specifically IRPStackSize. I was not confident this fix would work since there should not be anything significantly more consuming with 11.2 compared to 7.2, and indeed, I got the same error after changing the parameter to 18 and rebooting the XP machine. Any ideas? I have some suspicion that the space and parenthesis in the share name might be fouling up someone. XP forces the share name to this for some reason.

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Jul 7, 2011

I've developed a tiny webserver for home automation out of an ALIX 1D, and based on a debian lenny. It runs very smoothly and is now able to operate quite a lot of different equipment from a webapp. But i'm not sure how I should handle the compact flash, regarding read/write limitations. From what I've read the partitioning should be ext2, which would disallow the journalisation of the system. A utility to 'flatten' the repartition of write cycles exists, would it be relevant to use if the partition is ext2 ?

I will also disable all logging in execution mode (a debug mode will provide the logs). Is there any other parameters I have to take into account for maximum reliability (i.e. does the system randomly write in some files for various and potentially turned off purposes)? As for the mysql database, it's not important data, and it's actually reconstructed every time the server boots. Given this, is there a way to store the db in RAM rather than in a file? I'm not sure it's the right place to ask, but I sometimes see redirection to here from stack overflow.

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Ubuntu :: Image That Flash Drive To Another Flash Drive?

Mar 29, 2010

I made a persistent install of Ubuntu on a flash drive. I made changes to that installation. The software (Unetboontin) sets this all up. I think it partitions it for you. How do I image that flash drive to another flash drive?

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Jan 23, 2010

I wanted to know if i can install 9.10 onto a usb flash drive--without using my computers hard drive at all when running ubuntu off the flash drive-

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Ubuntu Installation :: Forced To Use Flash Drive As Boot Drive

Jun 11, 2011

Back in Febuary, my wife bought a Toshiba Satilite from Wal-Mart and a few days ago the hard drive got toasted. So now I'm using an 8gig usb drive as the boot drive. I also have 2 other flash drives for downloads and such but overall I am very pleased.

I'm running 11.04 32 bit and was wandering if 64 bit made a difference. I've got 4 gigs of ddr3. It's slow to boot, but once it's running, it's faster then Windows 7. Very nice.

Is there anything I should chage, use, since I'm running it off a flash drive??

I have 3 seperat drives, 2 x 16 gigs and an 8 gig, and was wandering which one would be best for booting off of? What do I look for??

Here's what I got:

00:00.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS880 Host Bridge
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Toshiba America Info Systems Device 9602
00:06.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 PCI to PCI bridge (PCIE port 2)


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Jun 20, 2010

I bought an 8GB flash drive because my D drive doesn't read DVDs. Anyway, my goal is to install Linux ubuntu and have it be my OS (replacing Windows XP). Last night I went to the Ubuntu homepage and downloaded the Ubuntu desktop edition 32-bit and put it on my flash drive. I followed the instructions on how to open and run it, but I was never asked about whether I want Linux to run side by side with Windows or if I want it to replace Windows. It downloaded the whole program, my computer restarted and then (on a black screen) it asked if I wanted to use Windows XP Home Edition or Linux Ubuntu. It's really frustrating because it took a while to download and install it in the first place AND to top that off, when I tried to use Ubuntu it went to a black screen and at the top said that there was an error. So I uninstalled all the ubuntu program and software and now I have a clean slate and want to try this again. I am a complete n00b. Could someone please walk me through how I can go about downloading (w/ links plz), installing and making ubuntu my ONLY OS on my computer via a flash drive? I'm desperate and I don't want to go through all of that and make the same mistake again!

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Jul 3, 2010

I have a Transcend 4GB USB flash drive that suddenly stopped working. However, when I insert it into the USB slot, the light on the drive glows, but I'm unable to mount the drive, neither does ubuntu detect it.I disconnected the flash drive, and then run `dmesg | tail`. The result was this :

[ 623.940610] scsi7 : SCSI emulation for USB Mass Storage devices
[ 623.940928] usb-storage: device found at 6
[ 623.940931] usb-storage: waiting for device to settle before scanning


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Mar 8, 2011

Is Ubuntu like windows and can you download Ubuntu to a flash drive or external hard drive and if so what kind?

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Jan 1, 2011

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Jun 9, 2010

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Jun 7, 2011

I am having a small issue with how Ubuntu displays my files. In Windows 7, I typically view my files in the "list format." In Windows 7, when in that format, it displays the entire file name of my files. In Ubuntu, "compact view" is the same format as "list" from Windows 7. The only difference is, it does not show the entire filename. Kansas - Carry on my Wayward son.mp3 for example, is viewed as Kansas - Carry on m... This is really not a big deal. And I get it, compact means compact. I can just use Ubuntu's "List View" to see the entire file names of files. But that's not my preferred way of viewing files. I was wondering if there was a way to make "compact view" show the entire file of my files.

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Apr 16, 2010

Ubuntu Breezy 5.10 (don't suggest an upgrade - it works!) I'm trying to setup a script which updates some software on the hard drive from a directory on a USB Flash drive.After I've plugged in the USB drive and seen it recognised by automount:


ls -l /vol/USBDISKB

OK - shows me the directory and files.


if [ -d /vol/USBDISKB ]; then
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May 6, 2009

What is 'java-1.4.2-gcj-compact package' Is this a JDK or just JRE?

I want to remove 'java-1.4.2-gcj-compact' package and install sun's JDK1.6. But lots of other packages depends on 'java-1.4.2-gcj-compact'. How should I go ahead.

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Nov 14, 2010

Buffalo Nfiniti N-Compact USB 2.0 not working on Fedora 14. I have found this link with instruction [URL] but after I did what it was written, F14 still not recognizing the USB wireless adapter, so I cannot use internet on the Lenovo X201 (Which has an intel on board card, but there is no linux driver supporting it, that is why I got the Buffalo adapter)Interestingly that when I use the command lsusb in the terminal, it does give me back info of the adapter and it seems it recognize it. But I was not sure.

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Oct 10, 2010

So i have a 16Gb Flash Drive and well i was wondering if i can make my ubuntu bootable from my flashdrive. SO if i go somewhere i have my Ubuntu with me with the programs installed in it. SO can i do this on my FlashDrive? if so how?

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Jul 13, 2011

if there was a program where a flash drive can be used as a cd. The reason I asked is I used cd-writing programs (Brasero, k3b, etc) for music cds to rip into lossless formats (AAC and FLAC), and it sometimes does not come out right from ripping. And thought writing to the flash drive would get rid of those little errors in the songs since there are no moving parts..

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Jul 19, 2011

it is possible to use Flash drive as ram because flash drive can do what RAM does.

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Jul 10, 2011

In gnome 2 we had the option in gconf-editor to use a compact layout when displaying icons in nautilus, it was essential to browse pictures, otherwise the thumbnails are spaced way too wide for nothing and you can't get enough of them in a screen.the option is not there in dconf, can we set it somewhere else?

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Feb 25, 2010

My USB flash drive has stopped working with Ubuntu.

Normally when I remove it I unmount it first, but the last time I just unplugged it. After I unplugged it, it started not working.

When I put it in a windows machine, it shows up as drive E: but says "no disk" when I try to access it.

In my Ubuntu machine I can see it as USBDrive under Places > Computer, but it's unmounted. When I click mount nothing happens.

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Mar 13, 2010

I ran across this webpage and was just wondering if anyone's tried this before.


I've got a spare 1GB lexar jump drive and was thinking of trying it out.

I just wanted to know if a 1GB drive is large enough.

anyone tried a Lexar jump drive before?

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