Testing other OS from a LIVE CD or Bootable USB with CloudReady fully installed on the Hard Drive.



  • Joe

    Are you sure you didn't install it? To my guess Vector just removed CR so you'll have to Install CR again or Vector

  • Tony Baloney

    ..It's a text mode installer! Why would you even boot it up it's not a LIVE USB iso.

  • SirRon

    Yeah. I thought it was a Live CD. When it said press enter to install that is when I knew it was'nt a Live CD.  So I did not input a response. But like I said it seemed there was a count down somewhere and it continued.  I did manage to turn it off to stop it but at bootup all I get is a blinking underscore on a black screen.

    I did boot with a Cloud Ready USB.  Entered my Google Account and I was able to reach the desktop and see everything that was there before.  I though something was restored.  I shutdown and removed the USB drive. I then rebooted and still a blinking underscore. 

    I put the Cloudready USB stick and booted.  I arrived at the Cloud Ready log in screen.  The buttons; Shut Down, Browse as Guest and Add Person was there and the clock lower right. What was different on the upper right was it did not say CloudReady with a long Mac Address and the version.  So I logged in to further test it. I could see all the Chrome apps I installed and the builtin apps icons in the shelf.  I could not find a way to save images to the local hard drive on my computer which has 160gb. The file manager shows a tree; My files > Downloads. Google Drive > My Drive, Shared with Me > Offline. Lastly the External Drive which is the contents of the USB drive.  I had saved 5 wallpaper images under Downloads > My Wallpapers.  The images and wallpaper folder is not there.

    On the technical side of troubleshooting and fixing my own problems with my Cloud Ready device, What troubleshooting steps could I perform as a tech to my friends and myself I I can't fix this problems?  It's not like I can run a FIXBOOT /MBR command.  Jesus! There are about 27 partitions! I thought only 4 partitions was the limit. 

    What commands could have fixed booting into Cloud Ready? With the USB stick I saw what I had before but only if booting with the USB.  Why is there not and Uninstall tool to wipe the hard disk clean or tools to repair the CloudReady partitions?


  • Forrest Smith

    You can't fix this, you need to reinstall CloudReady from the USB.

    The liveCD you booted into apparently had a built in auto-update timer and while you stopped it before it was finished, it seems to have overwritten too much of the CloudReady disk to recover.

    You can just boot into CloudReady via USB again and then install using the "install icon in the system tray menu.

  • SirRon

    And to you Joe, I did not go through the whole install till the end.  I stopped it by turning the Laptop off the instant I saw prompts loading on the screen.


    There needs to be a post or a tutorial listing different scenarios with Cloud Ready when running into file or system issues and how to recover it.  From file/folder deletions or corruption, Data or System Recovery, Profile corruption, booting and so on. As I described I could see everything that was on the hard drive if I boot from the USB.  If I remove it, when it boots all I get is a blinking underscore.  If one put a lot of time for configuring, installing, customizing,bookmarks, downloading,etc. perhaps spending months using it and to have this problem and the only answer is to reinstall does not sound like there is any security, tools or troubleshooting methods to saving your work and CloudReady. We must be able to recover, repair and uninstall CloudReady.  If the solution is to reinstall CloudReady everytime there is a serious issue with file system  or configuration then how can we trust to use this as a workstation.

  • Forrest Smith

    You were probably seeing settings sync'd from the cloud, not on your local HDD. I can tell you with certainty that your livebooted USB cannot access the downloads folder on the CloudReady HDD - that would violate our security model (even for a shared user).

    The aim of the OS is to save your settings and files in the cloud, removing the need to repair a corrupted local image.

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