How can I increase the maximum allowed Persistence size in Linux Live USB Creator?

Dan January 14, 2011
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For the last several months, I have used the Linux Live USB Creator which is a very useful app to make portable OS on to flash drives. I mostly use this application to test and try out new OS’s as they are released, before I decide to make a hard disk installatio on to the computer.

In many cases, the application developers will allow the “persistence” feature in the flash-drive-installed OS, which is just another way of saying that after multiple boot-ups and shutdowns, all the changes made to the OS will be saved in the flash-drive.

But I have a question about the limit of the Persistence size in Linux Live USB Creator (currently version 2.6). I install Super OS 10 onto a partition on my external drive which has 30 GB. I wanted to reserve 10 GB for the persistence so that I can install more applications and space will not run out as I update the installed applications or when I do system updates. But why is it that only 3950 MB can be put for persistence?

It would be great if, when desired, as much more persistence space could be set aside so that the space will not run out soon.

Also, as I have installed the OS on a 30 GB drive, I tried to see how much space is left. But it seems only the remaining of the Persistence space is displayed when I click on the File System folder. For example, after I have just installed it now, there is 3.5 GB of free space. Where can I access the remaining 26 GB or so drive space which is in the same drive? How do I access it Sir?

It would be helpful if any one could explain and help me with this.
Most importantly, it would be a big relief if the persistence can be somehow expanded by a work-around so that I can continue using my SuperOS 10.04 (now heavily customized) OS, which unfortunately has just over 576 MB of space left now, after I removed OpenOffice.org and installed the Libre Office earlier today. This is what remains from the maximum allowable 3950 MB of space for persistence at set-up.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Anonymous
    January 15, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Your maximum persistence size is 4000 mb since this is a limitation of the FAT32 file type.

    Create a larger casper-rw loop file in Linux
    http://www.pendrivelinux.com/how-to-create-a-larger-casper-rw-loop-file/

    The larger you make the persistence area, the more sofware and/or updates you can install to keep your USB stick system up-to-date.

    or
    Do not make persistent and do a normal install on 30go and dont forget to install Grub in this way you can have all the hard drive size that you wish to use.

  2. Dan
    January 15, 2011 at 3:19 am

    yea..that is true, Mike. And because the application will ask to FAT32 format the partition during installation of the portable Linux OS.
    What shall I do so that this can be overcome.

  3. Mike
    January 15, 2011 at 3:06 am

    Correct me if I'm wrong ~ to me it sounds like you are running Super OS on a FAT32 partition. If that's the case your persistence is limited by the FAT32 maximum filesize of 4GB which (for whatever reason and calculation) results in a maximum persistence size of 3950MB.

  4. Zargoned(Thisbozo)
    January 14, 2011 at 9:41 pm

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