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booting from external drive

jabb0
Grafter
Posts: 716
Registered: 18-09-2007

booting from external drive

hey guys,
you can prolly guess wot this one is about :O

Got a laptop hard drive in an external enclosure - if i install linux onto it, will it get recognised when i boot up?

I realise that with a nix install on the external disk it will only ever work from the one computer its configured for.

but lets just say i have the thing plugged in for every boot - will GRUB be smart enough to load itself from the external drive? (only got experience with grub here fellas be gentle)

cheers
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booting from external drive

In theory you just need to go to the BIOS and change the boot order to tell your machine to boot from USB HDD first, then CD, then Floppy, then C:
Most recent BIOS support USB boots, although not all, you may have to scout about for a BIOS upgrade if the option isn't there.

Erm - I have the opposite issue though, I have USB Boot disabled, and the order set to be C:\, CD, Floppy and yet the bloomin thing always tries to boot from USB, (and then fails because NTLDR is missing - of course it is, thats why I don't want to boot from there...)
jabb0
Grafter
Posts: 716
Registered: 18-09-2007

booting from external drive

athankyou Cheesy