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#1 MNGB OFFLINE  

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Posted December 31, 2019 - 02:23 PM

I just ordered a couple of USB flash drives both are 32GB one was $8.31 and the other $6.60 this got me to thinking about the first one I bought 9 or 10 years ago it was a half GB and the cost was near $20.00 but it was an amazing tool could hold more information then 2/3 3 inch floppies which as big in use then now if you don't have a really old computer there's no way to use a floppy disc and a 1/2 GB is nothing almost not worth using 

I also see that flash drives of 128 GB are now less than $20.00


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Posted December 31, 2019 - 03:12 PM

I am an old guy i remember using the 5 1/2 floppy disk in a computer. Computers have surly changed over the years.
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Posted December 31, 2019 - 03:18 PM

I use them quit a bit.  Move information between computers and most of all I make them bootable to use different operating systems with out making any changes to the current OS on that machine.


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Posted December 31, 2019 - 04:09 PM

 remember the old 5-1/2" floppy disc.  Have a full box of the 3.5" Disc some place.  Won't be long till the CD's will be NLA. 


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Posted December 31, 2019 - 06:43 PM

I am an old guy i remember using the 5 1/2 floppy disk in a computer. Computers have surly changed over the years.

Oh yes my first computer was an Apple II there was no hard drive every thing was done with 5.5" floppies  you were constantly switching floppies in & out but it was a great deal was one of the best business tools I ever purchased, that computer the programs a printer and a computer desk cost about $5300.00 that was about 1983


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Posted December 31, 2019 - 11:54 PM

 I make them bootable to use different operating systems with out making any changes to the current OS on that machine.

 

 

Uh, what did he say?
 
Our first computer was a Commodore 64. We thought it was really something. In reality it was not much but it got the kids introduced to computers. 

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Posted January 01, 2020 - 01:07 AM

Timex Sinclair 1000. No hard drive No floppy drive No mouse. 64 k ram, cassette tape interface. No graphic user interface command line only. At that time it cost more than the car I was driving. $99.     Don


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Posted January 01, 2020 - 05:25 PM

 

Uh, what did he say?
 

A USB drive can be made to start you computer (Bootable).  That way it can be used to start your computer in case your current Operating System (OS) fails to start (Boot) your computer or you can just start you computer with a different operating system to try it out simuliar to what you do with a Virtual Machine (VM.

Hope that clarifies what I said.


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Posted January 01, 2020 - 05:44 PM

You can also use the "F" keys on the Dell F12 gets you to the boot options


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Posted January 01, 2020 - 09:55 PM

 

 

A USB drive can be made to start you computer (Bootable).

Gottcha! I think Thanks.   :thumbs: 


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Posted January 06, 2020 - 04:37 PM

Your saying that I can put data on a USB flash drive running W 10, make the flash drive bootable.  Then put that flash drive in a computer running Linux and it will boot and read that flash drive?  Would Linux have to do a cold start?

 

If I copy say some Cub Manuals to a flash drive, where would the Linux system put them if/when it reads them ? ?

 

Chris, I don't know jack squat about W 10, Know less about Linux and never used a flash drive before so your way ahead of me. But I did start with a Commadore Vic 20, to a 64, to a 128, to a Tandy ?? then on to some real PC's.


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Posted January 06, 2020 - 05:15 PM

When you make a flash drive bootable it mean that you installed an operating system on it and you can put that in a computer USB drive and start that computer with the OS you have installed on the USB drive.

To move data you simply copy and paste the files.

It is easier to transfer file from Win to Linux than the other way because Linux can read NTSF file (Windows File System).  Linux uses (ext 4 File system) so you have to do some converting to make then readable on a windows system.


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Posted January 06, 2020 - 07:39 PM

OK, thanks.  That clears up a lot of cob webs.  Several rooms to go yet.


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Posted January 06, 2020 - 08:13 PM

Hi Roger, I'm following  your adventures with Linux so keep the updates coming I'm going to take the laptop I have Linux loaded on to my friend that thinks he can get the WiFi drivers working then I would be playing with Linux also


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Posted January 06, 2020 - 10:59 PM

Hi Roger, I'm following  your adventures with Linux so keep the updates coming I'm going to take the laptop I have Linux loaded on to my friend that thinks he can get the WiFi drivers working then I would be playing with Linux also

You can just plug in an Ethernet cable if you have wireless problems and bingo you are connected.


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