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Old 08-30-2005, 05:04 PM   #1
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Boot from USB hard drive - is this possible?


I'm a complete Newbie to Linux...only just started downloading ISO's for live CD's to evaluate Distro's, got some books and started digging on the net and learning slowly.

Is it possible to install Linux onto a USB hard drive then run it as a full installation, as I am cacking myself at the thought of partitioning the HD in the PC?

I've tried Googling and come up with lots of fragments but nothing whole...that I can understand.

I currently have Windows XP, which I've got to keep as my Wife panics at the thought of not having it!

I've checked and I can boot from USB.

Also, if this can be done, is it possible to have the USB drive as a kind of seperate PC...i.e. saving files etc?

Or, would it be easier to fit a second, internal, HDD?

Bit long winded, but all help appreciated and, as I get more Au Faix with Linux I hope to be able to contribute more to these forums.
Old 08-30-2005, 05:22 PM   #2
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Booting Linux from a usb drive is definetely possible. Read this.
Still, it would be easier to use an internal drive.


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