10) Next, create your operating system partition (the order doesn’t really matter, you could have made this one first). Use up the rest of your drive. [We are not using a swap partition, Puppy Linux runs completely in the RAM]
11) You haven’t actually made these changes, you’ve queued them to occur. Click “APPLY” to actually perform these actions.
12) Next, right click your operating system partition (the small 1 GB one), click “Manage Flags”, then check “boot”, then click “close”
13) You should have something that looks like this.
14) Next, we will want to make sure that the CD Drive is mounted. This is the one that contains the CD you used to boot Puppy Linux (it should still be in the drive). When you tell Puppy Linux to install itself onto your USB device, it will need to read files from the CD. Mounted partitions are delineated with a green dot, such as ‘sda5’ in the following picture. My CD drive is sr0. To mount it, I will single click on it. A folder with the drive contents will pop up once it is mounted.
15) Now, we will install Puppy on your USB device. Run the Puppy universal installer. Pick the USB device type, then the specific device. (it should still be connected from when you partitioned it).
16) Choose the 1 GB partition. In this case, sdd2.
17) Choose what you want to do to the Master Boot Record. If it has ever been used as a boot device before, you must pick something other than the default so it writes the proper boot data for Puppy Linux. If you are unsure, pick the second option to be sure it will work.
18) Hit Enter (if you are sane?)
19) We are not installing over a previous install, we are doing a fresh installation. Type a letter or number and hit enter. I typed in “a” and hit enter.
20) If you PC has more than 256MB of ram (more than likely), type in another letter or number and hit enter.
21) Press Enter to finish.
22) Either power off or reboot your computer.
23) Pick “DO NOT SAVE” We don’t want to save the settings for Puppy Linux as booted off of the CD, we want to boot off of the USB device and then save the settings.
24) Remove the CD from the drive
25) You need to make sure you can boot off of a USB device. Some computers will do this automatically. Mine didn’t. When I booted my computer, I hit ‘DELETE’ to go into the BIOS. Then I had to tell it to boot off of the USB drive instead of one of my hard drives.
26) Once you have successfully booted off of your USB device, it will put an orange/yellow dot next to the device that it has booted from, sdd2 in this case.
27) All that remains is to copy your iso or wbfs files to the ‘big’ storage partition on your USB device from your Windows NTFS partition. Click the partition which the iso or wbfs files are on to mount it (sda5 in this case). Note for windows users: there is no C:\ drive, D:\ drive, etc in Linux. If you wish to manually browse to the files in Linux, in a file browser, go to the parent directory, click the ‘mnt’ folder (this will show your mounted drives).
28) Navigate to your iso/wbfs files.
29) Click your USB storage partition on the USB device to mount it (sdd1 in this case).
30) Make an ‘iso’ folder on your USB storage partition and navigate into it.
31a) TO COPY ONE FILE AT A TIME: Drag and drop the files from one folder into the other, then click “Copy.” Your files are now on your device.
31b) TO COPY MANY FILES AT A TIME: If you have a lot of iso/wbfs files in a directory and wish to batch copy to your USB device, use Pmirror instead of the Drag and Drop method. This may wipe out anything already in your target drive, so you should set everything up properly and do it once, the first time. You should be able to figure out subsequent copy commands as fits your situation.
32) Unmount all partitions. The green dots will go away, verifying that everything is unmounted.
33) Power down.
34) This time, we will save your settings to your operating system partition on your USB device.
35) Plug USB device into WODE. In this case, the wbfs file is on ‘sda1’. ‘ram1’=WODE GC menu. ‘sda2’=Operating system partition.
36) You should be able to see and run your backups.
Note: To boot back into windows, make sure you change any BIOS settings back to what they were. In my case, when I boot without the USB drive connected, it defaults back to my regular hard drive. With the USB device connected, it will boot Puppy Linux.