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Thread: Booting Xubuntu off my External HDD

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2006

    Booting Xubuntu off my External HDD

    I am not able to install the Linux by using my external hard disk. I have tried a lot of things but nothing worked. I also tried unetbootin but it also doesn't work. When I tried installing XUbuntu within Windows onto hard disk but after rebooting it directly enters into GRUB command. I have installed it on Internal hard disk but ant able to load on external hard disk. Some one help me out.
    Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core @ ~2.2 GHz
    Memory: 1024MB RAM
    Hard Drive: 200 GB
    Video Card: RADEON X300/X550 Series

  2. #2
    Dr. V Guest

    Re: Booting Xubuntu off my External HDD

    For installing from the external hard disk follow the steps :

    1. First boot the live CD (my Xubuntu) that you want to install. After it loads, check whats the name of external hard drive. Type sudo fdisk -l

    2. Then choose the “Guided - use entire disk” (as required) option and select the external drive (sdb). When you see the “Ready to install” screen you have to select the “Advanced” button and change the Boot Loader option from the default of (hd0) to (hd1). Then click on install and after installing reboot the computer.

    3. In order for you to be able to boot off the external drive, your computer’s BIOS needs to support booting from a USB drive. If it supports then change the boot priority to external USB.

    After completing these steps you will able to install from the external hard disk.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2008

    Re: Booting Xubuntu off my External HDD

    Do installation as Dr. V mentioned. The most important thing to pay attention is to the Advanced button during the installation time. That buttons appears during the installation time. You need to put grub2 in the mbr of the USB drive instead of mbr to hard drive. By default it is in hard drive ,so don't forget to change to USB drive.

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