from the FAQ at www.knoppix.org
Q: Can one also install the distribution from the CD onto a hard drive?
A: In principal, yes (after all, the “master” system also runs on a hard
drive before it is burned to CD). However there is currently no
installation GUI for this, so installation to a hard drive should probably
only be attempted by more knowledgeable Linux users. Assuming the KNOPPIX
system has already booted, installation approximately follows this
1.) initialize a free partition with the ext2 file system and mount it on
/mnt/knoppix, for example.
2.) cp -a /KNOPPIX/* /mnt/knoppix/
3.) set up /mnt/knoppix/etc/fstab and /mnt/knoppix/etc/lilo.conf for the
new system (Caution: symlinks in /boot initially point to the Ram
disk!), run lilo.
4.) mkdir /mnt/knoppix/home/knoppix &&
chown knoppix.knoppix /mnt/knoppix/home/knoppix
5.) Reboot, try the system out, fix any broken settings
doesnt look like a fun time to me. this looks to be a little more hardcore than what you probably want to do. of course, since you do this after knoppix has booted, it may not be that bad. any questions about anything in this procedure, feel free to ask. dee-ehn is much more knowledgeable than i at the moment