Linux Mint is an extremely easy version of Ubuntu. It is well suited for ordinary users who come from Windows as it offers same level of easy and familiarity with the interface, Unity on the contrary may scare people off. We have a detailed manual about how to install Linux Mint on your desktop, laptop. But what if you just want to test full fledge Linux on your desktop without touching your hard-drive? No, I am not talking about the Live version. The live version is not good if you want to see if wi-fi or graphics drivers work well because you may need to restart the PC which will remove all the drivers or applications that you installed.
We got a query from our reader Mauro Chojrin: "I have a live usb for linux mint 11 created pretty much the way you describe here. Now, I'd like to save my stuff on the usb disk (some drivers like wifi, pidgin accounts, etc...) so I can fully test it before replacing my current installation (Mint 10). How can I achieve this? Thanks!"
The solution which I find to be the easiest is installing Linux Mint on a USB drive and test it on any machine you want -- experiencing full installation.
Before we start we need:
1. 2 USB sticks larger than 4GB capacity. One will be the LiveUSB of Linux Mint and the other one will be used as a medium where we will install Linux Mint
2. A PC capable of booting from USB
3. Device info which we will find now