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Old 02-03-2009, 03:35 AM   #1
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distribution to use for a usb external hard disk


I want to use a distribution to install on a usb external harddisk.
I have tried DSL but it fails to boot from one of my systems. Please suggest a system which has tools for initrd, because one of my pc does not support usb boot. Also live systems use more ram, so I am looking for something which can be installed on the external hard disk. Also I will love if that distro is small enough.
 
Old 02-03-2009, 04:31 AM   #2
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If your system does not supports usb booting, how can you boot from the external drive?
 
Old 02-03-2009, 05:03 AM   #3
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If your system does not supports usb booting, how can you boot from the external drive?
One can first load an initrd (initial ram disk) which can be copied on a grub cd. The initrd should contain drivers necessary to read usb devices and necessary support for mounting the root file system.
 
Old 02-03-2009, 05:10 AM   #4
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Thanks.

Now only I know this tip.

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