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Old 11-28-2004, 01:29 PM   #1
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Fedora install on External HDD


I recently got an AMD64 processor and really want to install linux on it to use. I have a small shuttle box and there are no more internal places to put a HDD. I have a 160GB drive that I want to use to install and use in my Fedora Core 3 x86_64 install. It is in external USB enclosure. Disk Druid will not recognize it.

Is there any way to do this? There has to be, but I can't seem to find a "newbie" set of instructions. Can anyone point me in the right directions? I have a Windows XP internal drive that I don't really wanna mess with, if I don't have to.


The motherboard DOES allow boot from USB.

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Old 11-29-2004, 01:55 AM   #2
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USB hdd

You must use the "linux expert" mode to in order for the installer to detect your USB hard drive.
 
Old 11-29-2004, 03:48 AM   #3
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You will also need a BIOS that can boot from USB.
 
Old 11-29-2004, 04:43 AM   #4
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Hi folks,

I'm too trying to install to my usb harddisk. Tried linux expert mode, still can't see my usb hd. My system allows booting from external device and I've set it.

Any pointer?

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Old 11-29-2004, 01:15 PM   #5
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If I were you...

I'm sure theres probably a better way, but if I were you guys, I would take the harddrive out of its box thing and put it in my computer (hooked up like a regular ide drive). Then you would be able to install linux normally, then you could just put it back in its external box thing. If your just looking for a quick solution thats what I'd do. keep in mine you'd still probably have to tweak it a little afterwards.
 
Old 12-05-2004, 09:29 PM   #6
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Re: If I were you...

Quote:
Originally posted by csplinter
I'm sure theres probably a better way, but if I were you guys, I would take the harddrive out of its box thing and put it in my computer (hooked up like a regular ide drive). Then you would be able to install linux normally, then you could just put it back in its external box thing. If your just looking for a quick solution thats what I'd do. keep in mine you'd still probably have to tweak it a little afterwards.
Just for the record... I'm trying to install to an external USB drive also that is in a case...
I've tried to install it to the drive internally than connect it via usb like you have said here.

Well, it doesn't work. It still won't boot (and my bios does support boot to USB-HDD). Any other suggestions?

I have a post in the Fedora-Install forum for this same situation.

Any info or advice would be greatly apreciated.
 
Old 12-05-2004, 10:09 PM   #7
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well im sure your gonna have to change some settings, you got i too boot while it was inside right? Oh and its not possible without a bootloader disk or somthing if your bios doesnt support it. Ill look around and see if i can find anything suitable.

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Old 12-05-2004, 10:16 PM   #8
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whats the model of you motherboard, enochgenesis?
 
Old 12-05-2004, 10:21 PM   #9
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this looks promiseing http://www.simonf.com/usb/

of course you ppl arn't useing pendrives so substitute /dev/sda for /dev/hda and use your best judgement
 
Old 12-05-2004, 11:40 PM   #10
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Quote:
Originally posted by csplinter
whats the model of you motherboard, enochgenesis?
It's a giga-byte K8NS Ultra 939 - AMD 64 3500+

If you need any more info, just let me know... Thanks for looking so far.

I have been able to get the drive to boot internally, it's just when I take it and try to boot it via USB (externally). I don't know if this has to do with the HDA, HDB, etc. Is there a designation for a USB based HDD and how can I change it to that before hooking it up via USB.

Thanks again.
 
Old 12-07-2004, 05:05 PM   #11
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Well it turns out I was wrong before, usb harddrives are treated as scsi drives, hence the location should be somthing along the lines of /dev/sda1. You do have a internal hard drive, in addition to the external one right? You'll need that to install the boot loader on seeing as how you can't boot directly to a usb device.
 
Old 12-11-2004, 04:40 PM   #12
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OK, I got fedora installed, but how can i edit my boot.ini file to boot fedora? I tried myself and it tries to boot, but the HDD LED just stays on and nothing happens.
I would rather not use GRUB if I dont have to. Just personal Preference.

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