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Old 01-09-2004, 08:36 AM   #1
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External Hard Drive

I have never used linux before and was wondering if it is possible to install linux onto a usb external hd. can you please keep the it simple as this is new to me. Also which version of linux would you recommend.
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Do you want to boot from the USB drive?
If so you does your BIOS have an option for booting a USB device?

You will need to either recompile the kernel to include the USB drivers or create a new intrd to include the USB drivers.

You might find running the OS from a USB drive will be slower then an IDE drive.

Have a look at
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my laptop gives the option to boot from an external device


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