E-OS on a stick?

hi gang,
Can Endeavour OS be installed to run persistent off a stick?
I tried several distros, but the run is slow as can be.
It takes for ever to boot and even more for ever to even open a menu.
Thanks :slight_smile:

on usb depend always what kinda usb drive and usb itself?

but would always be different then the realdeal :)(on drive)

Back in the day, my Mint 15 on a USB 3 stick was a little faster than booting an OS on my old laptop HDD. Now a days, the USB install would be slow compared to almost any OS on an internal SSD. For best results, use a fast USB3.1 stick plugged into USB3.1 port on a recent machine (USB-C.) Or use an old/small linux distro :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

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You’d need something like that to be fast, i think:


There is a tool called “alma” which allows you to create a persistent Arch resp. EndeavourOS installation on a USB stick. I have had such a USB stick for Manajro in the old days and I have one for EndeavourOS now.


Yes. :slightly_smiling_face:

Install using the free drivers and it will work anywhere.

Standard USB flash drives can be slow (especially USB2.0). :frowning_face:

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USB sticks can be done - just not using Calamares - you will have to do it manually - and you can do it without booting an ISO.

All you need is


I agree with everything above, except:

Just don’t.

If you want something both fast & reliable, instead of jack in a box.

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I always run SanDisk on USB sticks! Rarely they break!

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I don’t know how long they will hold - they are doable and reasonable responsive - but they are not as reliable as more expensive devices and may quickly deteriorate - which is why I put them last :slight_smile: .

Maybe this :wink:

It’s not cheap!


They are not - but it is the best money can buy :slight_smile:

Interesting development

The SanDisk is 64G device from years back the cost was around DKK400 - the WD device is 4-6 month a 512G - the cost DKK600.


Yep, the development is moving forward!

I love those little SSDs. I have some myself. However, from Samsung!


I agree. Kingston is not good for this kind of thing. In my experience this company sometimes doesn’t follow standars and it is visible on the products (I think price is one factor). I have one Data Traveler at work and it already shows some weared sectors after 3 years of use (no heavy usage).

On the other hand I have USB 3.0 (USB 2 is too slow) SanDisk drive with (i3)buntu on it and it is rasonably fast. Mostly first step is to pre-load all essential software to RAM. That makes booting up slightly slower but usage is then fast as normal PC with SSD.

I have EnOS on an external 2.5 SSD drive in a case. Full install works better than any USB! Fast! You don’t even know it’s not the computer.

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Did you just use the normal calamares installer or did you have to do something special?

I’m actually considering trying to make a persistent Windows usb so I can use that the 2% of the time I normally need wondered

I just used the live usb and installed to the external hard drive that i bought a case for. It works just like it was in the computer.

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I don’t think Windows allows you to install on a stick.
Been searching for that but couldn’t find a solution.

Could be why system rescue sticks run Linux?

Maybe, however I have read somewhere that it would be possible but you have to have a Win install first,