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Old 04-10-2011, 12:22 AM   #1
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Question How to install ubuntu on external USB HDD


Hi
I installed Ubuntu 10.10 on my external USB HDD (320 GB with 2 NTFS, 1 ext4 and 1 swap partition)
I installed the bootloader into my external hard disk
I am able to boot into my ubuntu installation in my laptop by choosing USB boot option at BIOS start up
Though I have access to two modern PCs with USB boot capability, i am not able to boot into the Ubuntu installation on my external HDD.
After I choose USB boot , I just get a black screen with a blinking cursor at the left. The grub menu option does not load
How do I work around this problem?
Help please
 
Old 04-10-2011, 07:47 AM   #2
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Hi
I installed Ubuntu 10.10 on my external USB HDD (320 GB with 2 NTFS, 1 ext4 and 1 swap partition)
I installed the bootloader into my external hard disk
I am able to boot into my ubuntu installation in my laptop by choosing USB boot option at BIOS start up
Though I have access to two modern PCs with USB boot capability, i am not able to boot into the Ubuntu installation on my external HDD.
After I choose USB boot , I just get a black screen with a blinking cursor at the left. The grub menu option does not load
How do I work around this problem?
Help please
IMPORTANT: Ensure that all internal hard drives are disconnected from your computer during the install (pull your SATA or IDE cables)

Download the Ubuntu ISO, burn it to a CD and restart your computer from the live CD

Once the Ubuntu Live system is up and running, navigate to System-> Preferences-> Removable Drives and Media and uncheck the following options:

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        Mount removable drives when hot-plugged
        Mount removable media when inserted
        Browse removable media when inserted
Click the install Ubuntu icon from the desktop to begin the installation

At step four Prepare disk space, select the Guided-use entire disk option and select to install to your USB hard drive:

Prepare disk space - Full Ubuntu external hard drive install

When the installation has finished, select the option to restart-now

Boot into your system BIOS or Boot Menu and select to boot from your USB Hard drive.

If all goes well, you should now be booting into a full installation of Ubuntu from your portable USB device.


Source : http://www.pendrivelinux.com/install...sb-hard-drive/

Last edited by farzadfedora; 04-10-2011 at 07:49 AM.
 
Old 04-10-2011, 12:52 PM   #3
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After I choose USB boot , I just get a black screen with a blinking cursor at the left. The grub menu option does not load
The problem above is usually the result of Grub not being on the mbr of the drive. You say you installed Grub to the external, to the mbr?
Strange that it boots when selected on the laptop but not the other drives??
 
Old 04-12-2011, 12:07 PM   #4
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Hi
Success!
I repartitioned my HDD, with ext4 and swap followed by my NTFS partitons for data.
I also made sure I unmounted my USB HDD during install
Now my Natty installation works in my PC and Laptop
I have a beautiful portable OS in my hands now
Thank you UBUNTU!!!!!
 
  


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