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Old 06-20-2005, 07:06 PM   #1
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Linux on an external HDD


Can anyone point me to a guide somewhere for installing linux on an external USB HDD, so that I can dual boot using Xp on my laptop and linux on the HDD, or vice versa?

Thanks lots
 
Old 06-20-2005, 07:31 PM   #2
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Booting from an external hard drive would require a kernel patch. I'm not sure if one does exist, though.
 
Old 06-20-2005, 10:02 PM   #3
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The only problem would be making sure that all of the necessary modules are loaded in an initrd, you might be able to make them all static but I've never tried, and waiting for the devices to be detected. It can be done with a little work (i.e. scripting in the initrd) and there was talk about a kernel patch on lkml to make it sleep or retry devices, but I don't know if that ever made it into the kernel.
 
  


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