Monday, 4 March 2013

How To Run Linux Distros On Your PC From An Android Device With DriveDroid

DriveDroid permits you do just that. What’s more, this nifty device will download the distro of your alternative straight to the apparatus, ridding you of the need to have access to a second PC. We take a nearer gaze at how DroidDrive works and what makes it so exceptional after the leap.

Not all of us convey a Linux reside USB drive or release computer disk round at all times. wireless phones, on the other hand, are a unchanging for most. The proficiency to boot into an OS on your PC using your Android telephone makes DriveDroid an very good tool to be utilised as a release computer disk in case of crises. That’s not all; there are a couple of other tricks the app brings to the table.

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Before you start using the app, make sure the device is set to using UMS mode when connected to the PC as the app emulates a USB drive, so using the MTP mode to connect to the PC as it boots will not work. You can set all of this up in the ‘Preferences’ menu. However if this not work, there are plenty of apps in the Play Store that can enable MSC mode on your device if it has been disabled by default in favor of MTP.
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To download an image right to your device, hit the ‘Plus’ sign and tap ‘Download image’ to bring up a list of the Linux distros that are available. You’ll find the list to be quite comprehensive; from the oldest releases to the latest 32-bit, 64-bit, Server and Desktop variants, it has it all.
Once the file is downloaded, you should see it appear on the apps main screen. Simply select the file and choose the logical unit to host it over USB. Needless to say, the next step involves connecting the device to the PC, rebooting the PC and calling its boot menu (or setting the correct boot priority from within its BIOS).
In addition to emulating a live USB, DriveDroid let’s you emulate a blank USB drive as well, where you can specify not just the partition size, but the partition table as well. So for all of you who thought Windows had been left out – considering it cannot be run live – this blank USB emulation gives you the opportunity to create a bootable USB disk allowing you to install Windows, or any other OS on your PC.
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DriveDroid has both free and paid versions available on the Play Store. The free version is ad-supported while the latter is ad-free.



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