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Old 10-05-2004, 09:28 AM   #1
flanker
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install linux on usb disk


I'm an Italian student,

I have a laptop computer, and I'd like to install Linux on my external usb HD, but I don't know how can I do it. Can you help me?
I hope you can understand my English...and to have an answer

Thank you very much ... Flanker (Matteo)
 
Old 10-05-2004, 11:39 AM   #2
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Hello,
I have heard that "Mandrake" is able to recognise USB disks on installation, but I have
not tried myself. RedHat Fedora doer not however :-(

Otherwise, the big problem is that the mounting of root "/" must be delayed.
Please see;
http://www.freewebs.com/tsj/bootingUSB_ldp_v0.1.htm

I am using an initial ram-disk (initrd) instead of patching the kernel as in this HOWTO.
I run Gentoo on an external USB disk, so it can be done. It is however a bit tricky so
if you are a newbie it can be very hard. If possible try to install on a small (e.g 4GB)
partition on a normal HD and then mount the USB disk later and store bulk data on it.
This would be simpler.

Regards,
Lars Ekman
 
Old 10-05-2004, 11:50 AM   #3
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thank you very much for your reply, I'll try it
 
Old 10-05-2004, 12:51 PM   #4
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I remeber SuSE detected my usb drive during installation.
 
  


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