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Booting from Live CD vs USB Flashdrive

Running: Win98

I wish to experiment with Linux booted from live CD or USB flashdrive. Can someone please advise me of the advantages/disadvantages of each (booting from live CD vs booting from USB flashdrive)?
Many thanks

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In reply to: Booting from Live CD vs USB Flashdrive

The advantage may be dependent on if you have said USB flash driver (or not) and what speed CD drive you have (or not.)

Bob

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Speed vs. Size

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Your average CD holds 700MB, and average DVD around 4.5GB... Your average USB flashdrive is anywhere from 32MB to 1GB, even though you can buy up to 4GB models.

The CD/DVD will hold more, giving you a wider selection of programs, but it won't come close to matching the speed of a USB flash drive. The USB route is also read/write, while the CD/DVD route is read-only.

However, on a system from the Win98 era, you may not have the USB flashdrive option. It's also unlikely to have USB 2.0 ports, making the positions on speed reversed. So, before you go getting too far along in this, you might want to verify that your system is actually capable of booting from USB devices.

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Booting from USB

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Thanks for your input, Jackson. Please tell me how to determine if my XP machine is USB bootable.
Many thanks

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Revised System Info

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Sorry, didn't have my brain in gear. Am currently using a Win98 machine but am setting up an up-to-date XP machine with CD/DVD R/WR drive (don't know, offhand, what the speed is, but sure it's plenty fast) and USB ports for my Linux experimenting. Plan to use Linux for all of my Internet applications (surfing, emailing, & VOIP - no IMing).

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USB bootable...

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not many machine are. My suggest is to forget about usb and just get yourself a live-cd of "dam small linux" and have fun.

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pros & cons

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If your machine is USB bootable, it most likely has 2.0, which would be considerably faster than an optical disc. On the other hand, and especially when using the Internet, optical discs have the advantage of being read-only, making them invulnerable to malware infection.

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