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I'm trying to install fedora core 5 on my 300g seagate usb hard drive, I have the cd iso's but the only problem I'm having is during the installation. when i boot from the cd, everything works properly except the fact that its trying to install on my laptops hard drive. I've read a lot of articles but they haven't seem to help my understanding or give alternatives such as live cds. how do i get the option to install fedora to my usb drive?
During the install process you will have a choice on the location for grub. Be sure to select the USB drive. After the initial install process you will reboot the computer with the 1st install disk and select rescue mode. The / partition will be mounted at /mnt/sysimage. So once the system is rebooted:
1. chroot /mnt/sysimage
2. mkinitrd .... per the link
3. mount your /boot if it is on a seperate partition and copy the new image to the directory.
4. Edit /etc/grub.conf to modify the initrd line for the new image (Use vi text editor since you will be in console text mode only)
5. Reboot the PC and hopefully it boots from the USB drive.
one last question and i'll leave you alone... uhm how do i know if grub has been installed? when i boot up with the installation disk it gives me the boot command prompt and a few options, and if i don't have grub installed how can i install it?
No worries, your not being troublesome....
To install grub to the MBR of the USB drive.
1. Boot 1st install CD and select rescue
2. Enter the commands:
grub-install /dev/sda (assuming this is the only scsi type drive. SATA drives are also have SCSI devices IDs so verify before entering command)