How to Save Files to a USB Flash Drive in Puppy Linux

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How to Save Files to a USB Flash Drive in Puppy Linux
Saving files to a USB flash drive gives you even more portability, even with ultra-portable Puppy Linux. (Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

In addition to its size and speed, Puppy Linux draws a following for its flexibility. In its default live-CD setting Puppy puts all your added files and programs into a single save file on your hard drive, but there are times you may want to save a document elsewhere. A Windows system or other Linux may not be able to access your file within Puppy's save file, but either Linux or Windows can read a file on a USB flash drive. Using Puppy Linux to save your work to a USB drive gives you extra portability.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • USB flash drive
  • Puppy Linux installation or live CD

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    Setting Up

  1. 1

    Plug your flash drive into a USB port.

  2. 2

    Wait for an icon representing the flash drive to show up on the bottom of the screen.

  3. 3

    Click on the icon to mount the drive. A file manager window will pop up.

    Saving New Files in Puppy Linux

  1. 1

    Create a file in whatever application you are using.

  2. 2

    Select "Save As" from the application's File menu.

  3. 3

    Click on the up-arrow icon at the top of your application's save dialogue box to move into the parent directory.

  4. 4

    Locate your /mnt directory in the dialogue box and click on it.

  5. 5

    Find your USB drive directory, which may have "sdb" in the name. Click on it to open.

  6. 6

    Name your file and click "OK" to save it. Any future saves of that file will automatically go to the USB drive.

    Moving a File To Your Flash Drive

  1. 1

    Open the file manager to your home -- "/root" -- directory.

  2. 2

    Click on the USB drive icon to open its directory. Place the two directory windows side by side.

  3. 3

    Left-click and drag the file you want to move to the flash drive directory.

  4. 4

    Select what you want to do with your file -- move, copy or link it -- in the context menu when it pops up.

Tips and warnings

  • If you have a flash drive of at least two gigabytes and want to copy your entire Puppy save file to that, you can do this the same way you copy any other file to your flash drive.
  • If you have files on your USB drive, do not remove it. You may corrupt some files.
  • Do not remove a USB drive without unmounting it first.

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