… when it comes to resource efficiency Linux easily wins, if you do not need a bloated Ubuntu Desktop.

knoppix65 install to harddisk

You will need to download the Knoppix 64 Bit DVD (! NOT THE CD VERSION (IS 32BIT ONLY!))


English: ftp://ftp.cs.uni-frankfurt.de/pub/Mirrors/knoppix-dvd/KNOPPIX_V7.2.0DVD-2013-06-16-EN.iso
German: ftp://ftp.cs.uni-frankfurt.de/pub/Mirrors/knoppix-dvd/KNOPPIX_V7.2.0DVD-2013-06-16-DE.iso
official site: http://knopper.net/knoppix/
http/ftp mirrors: http://knopper.net/knoppix-mirrors/
KNOPPIX_V7.2.0DVD-2013-06-16-EN.torrent.zip (Torrent-Client (OSX->Transmission) recommended to minimize server-costs for knoppix guys... but this takes time)

Of course you need to burn this iso on a DVD

Windows XP: nero can „write image“

win7: can do this natevly, i think.

osx: use „disk utility“ (drag image into the list of available ISOs on the left, insert DVD click burn… wait paintently…)

Insert Knoppix DVD into drive reboot your system…. make shure (BIOS) your system boots from your DVD/CD-Drive. (Boot menu Key f12?)

on the prompt type:


to boot the x64 kernel version of knoppix (32Bit Kernel can only address 3.5GB of RAM… leaving the rest unused.)

if your PC boots fine you should see the Knoppix Desktop and maybe even hear some sounds „system initiating“… pretty cool.knoppix65 install to harddisk

Play around with the menus… if you like it…

Wow! Knoppix64 7.2 uses only around 150MB of RAM after startup (the extra 50MB you see in the screenshot is because of the snapshot utility)

knoppix 7.2 ram usage

harddisk installation is (usually) pretty simple, knoppix comes with a wizzard for that: if you want to send the knoppix’s people a „thank you“ go ahead and click here.

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knoppix 7.2 harddisk installation

After „Yes… Yes… Continue“ you can select how to partition:

go for „Use whole hard disk“  knoppix65 install to harddisk2

Then you should have a screen where you can select your harddisk.

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WARNING! If you select the wrong harddisk here you might lose data!

to check what harddisk is what you can open up a terminal (black square consolebottom left corner)

and type:

hdparm -I /dev/sdc # check on sdc harddisk

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So this is my smal SSD where my Operating System will be installed.

My system is setup as follows:

1x 32GB SSD OCZ Vertex -> for OS & Applicatons, could be reinstalled & restored from backup if harddisk breakes.

2x 2TB SAMSUNG -> with those i will create a Software RAID1 (mirroring) where all the valuable is stored, RAID1 so if one harddisk fails, i can replace it and lose no data.

If you think „thins will never happen to me“ … think again. Tomorrow might be just that day, where your harddisk says „goodbye“ … and restoring data from a physically damaged harddisk costs up to 1000€.

If you have questions mail me: admin ÄT dwaves.de