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Old 07-11-2005, 01:28 AM   #1
tonywood
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Installing RH Linux on external HDD


Hello,

I have a Compaq desktop running WinXP. I've always had the interests of having a Linux system, so I attempted to install RH Linux 9.1 on a 2.5" Toshiba external HDD (40GB, NTFS formatted). The 2.5" (laptop sized) HDD is connected to the Compaq via a USB cable. I am able to see this external HDD in BIOS and set it with higher boot-up priority.

After putting in the Linux installation CD in the CD-ROM and rebooting my system, the installer seems running well. However, it can only find the internal HDD (Samsung, 160GB) on my Compaq (/dev/hda), and there is no option for me to change the destination location (unless I'm blind that I did not see it).

I speculated that Linux does not support an external USB HDD during its installation (not sure if this is ture as I'm a beginner of Linux), so I did a test: Instead of installing Linux, I tried to install WinXP on the external HDD, WinXP picked it up easily and I was offered the option: On which one of the hard drives I want to install WinXP.

If there is a straight forward ways of installing RH Linux on this 2.5" external HDD, would someone please provide me some tips/helps on this issue? I'd really appreciate it!

Tony
 
Old 07-11-2005, 11:09 AM   #2
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Just a guess, RH 9.1 is quite old ( ~2 years old), have you tried Fedora (the "new" RH) ?
 
  


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