I've found a distro I really like: CrunchBang. I've ran it from a USB flash drive and I'm pretty happy with the responsiveness of Openbox.
But, I have a netbook with no optical drive. I can't figure out how to partition and install from the USB drive.
I have "Windows 7 Starter" with the hard drive not partitioned. I'd like to partition the drive and install CrunchBang on the other partition.
Can this even be done if I don't have an optical drive? I'd love any suggestions at this point.
You want to install from USB.
IT’s easy if your laptop will boot from USB through BIOS. And it’s faster than using a DVD due to better transfer speeds.
It’s not impossible if the laptop won’t boot from USB from BIOS, but somewhat difficult.
Depends on the manufacturer and motherboard, most modern PCs and laptops without an optical drive will boot from USB.
try the link above, freepmail me if you run into issues.