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USB drive - SAVE FILE - unable to save to hdd partition
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Mitchellray

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PostPosted: Wed 11 Apr 2012, 15:54    Post_subject:  USB drive - SAVE FILE - unable to save to hdd partition  

Hello,
I have downloaded and burned to cd(s) Wary, Lupu, and Slacko.

They all work on my compaq laptop from the cd/dvd drive. The laptop has Wxp installed on primary and extended partitions.

However, when I use Bootflash or Universal Installer, upon First Shutdown,
there is no option to save to the hdd disc partitions.

I only receive the option to save to the USB Flash drive.
I wish to save to a hdd partition.

I have tried to copy and then rename a save file from the usb flash drive to a hdd partition, but at boot, the boot sequence does not find the file.

When I use a similar process for the cd versions, they do find the save files on the hdd.
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PostPosted: Thu 12 Apr 2012, 02:08    Post_subject:  

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However, when I use Bootflash or Universal Installer, upon First Shutdown,
there is no option to save to the hdd disc partitions.

When you install to a USB flash drive. This is by design to put the save file on the USB flash drive.
Live CD gives you more options for where to save.
You can still put stuff on the hard drive for storage. Like documents, videos, pictures, downloads, etc....

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Mitchellray

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PostPosted: Thu 12 Apr 2012, 23:52    Post_subject:  

Hello bigpup,
Thank you for the explanation.
Why wouldn't the save files created with the live cd be seen by the USB Flash at bootup?
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PostPosted: Fri 13 Apr 2012, 02:58    Post_subject:  

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Why wouldn't the save files created with the live cd be seen by the USB Flash at bootup?

By design, USB flash drive installs of Puppy, only look on the USB flash drive for files at bootup.
USB flash drive installs work differently from live CD or hard drive installs. Handle memory usage, read/write, and when to save, in a different way, to improve life span of flash drive.

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Sylvander

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PostPosted: Fri 13 Apr 2012, 03:42    Post_subject:  

Might it be possible to tell the Puppy that its pupsave is held on an "ataflash"?

I do that by including in the setting pmedia=ataflash within the isolinux.cfg file in the ISO used to make the "live" CD.
The pupsave on the internal HDD is then treated as though a pupsave on a Flash Drive.
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PostPosted: Thu 24 Jan 2013, 06:38    Post_subject:  

I'm sorry to resurrect an old thread but my question is pretty much the same thing? I'm wondering if there is a way to make the USB drive act like a live CD to find my save file located in sdb2 (an NTFS filesystem drive)..

I've tried switching between pmedia=ataflash, atahd, satahd in the syslinux.cfg on my USB drive. Maybe I have to specify it's in sdb2 somehow? Is it a problem that I have pfix=copy? Any help would be appreciated! Surprised

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PostPosted: Thu 24 Jan 2013, 06:53    Post_subject:  

WHOOPS found the solution on this other thread: http://208.109.22.214/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=77545 by

rcrsn51 wrote:
Puppy likes to find its save file in the same location as the main sfs file. Try this:

1. Copy the three core Puppy files to the NTFS partition of your hard drive- vmlinuz, initrd.gz, lupuxxx.sfs.

2. Go to the flash drive and open the file syslinux.cfg in a text editor. Change "pmedia=usbflash" to "pmedia=atahd".

3. Reboot. This time, you should be asked to create a save file on the hard drive.

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