Before I begin, I've already read similar discussions on installing the OS with persistence on USB, and it seems that the majority couldn't get it to work at first, but some actually managed to create a USB with persistent storage.
So far I've tried using Rufus, Ventoy, LinuxLive USB Creator and a couple other USB creators, and it seems that I've gotten the farthest with Ventoy so far - I've managed to get to selecting whether I want to start the OS with the persistent .dat file or not, but after selecting it, the GUI would not start where it normally would w/o persistence:
I’m currently trying to create my own ‘.dat’ file from the ‘Try it out’ Zorin OS, will update if it works, but I don’t have high hopes for it. Tutorial I followed for this: Plugin.persistence . Ventoy
Is there really no way to get persistence to work on a USB as of now, because of the casper bug and no walk around for it? Should I just look into installing an SSD on my laptop if there’s another slot for it, or would that somehow impact the Windows drive? (I’d like to keep an entire drive for Windows and an entire one for Zorin)
The next thing I’d try is getting another USB and installing the entire system onto the initial one (the one currently in use), but I’ve got no idea if doing that would make the storage save between sessions.
Thank you for any answers, and sorry for posting another thread similar to the ones I’ve read, but didn't manage to help: