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Old 09-15-2004, 06:59 AM   #1
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Installing Linux on external USB 2.0 device


Hi

I am currently using an IBM X31 running win XP. I would like to install Fedora on an external USB 2.0 HD so that i can use boot up in linux for my work.

However, using custom installation, druid cannot detect the external HD. I have already created a partition for installing linux.

I know nothing about linux. How do i go about doing the installation and running linux from the HD? Can anyone help?

Thks
 
Old 09-15-2004, 07:05 AM   #2
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It looks like the Fedora installer doesn't support USB hard disks. (Or your USB controller may be unsupported, but one thing at a time…).

You might be able to get it to work by loading the appropriate modules to get USB support, and explicitly telling it to install on the USB device (usually called /dev/sda or /dev/sda1 depending on if it has a partition table or not). See the Fedora documentation for more details, or various information on http://www.tldp.org/

The easier option might be to try and reduce the size of your Windows XP partition if you can, and install Linux on there.

Alternatively, try a different distribution. SuSE and Mandrake both support installing on USB hard disks as I recall.
 
Old 09-15-2004, 07:33 AM   #3
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Is there any difference between SuSe, Mandrake and Fedora? I am not too sure whether i can switch to the other distributions for my work.

During the installation of Fedora, i have a choice between graphical installation or linux installation. Is it possible to mount the USB device or something like that so that i can install linux in the HD?
 
Old 09-15-2004, 07:42 AM   #4
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I have no experiences with Fedora, but was successful installing SuSE 9.1 on an external USB disk. See the thread here on linuxquestions.org:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...hreadid=160834

The general approach I used for SuSE is as follows.
(1) Select manual install
(2) SuSE offers to manually load additional kernel modules prior to booting up completely.
At this point you need to load scsi_mod, sd_mod, uhci-usb, and usb-storage,
to name the most important modules.
(3) After loading the appropriate modules, I could see a flicker on your usb drive lamp,
indicating that Linux has found the device.
(4) Now I commence the install process and select the appropriate usb partition.
As mentioned in an earlier post, this would typically be sda1 for the first partition.

Once installed, there is another difficulty to overcome:
How are you going to boot your installed system?

For details, see also the thread mentioned above.
Cheers.
 
Old 09-15-2004, 07:59 AM   #5
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Quote:
Originally posted by k_wjss
Is there any difference between SuSe, Mandrake and Fedora? I am not too sure whether i can switch to the other distributions for my work.
A GNU/Linux system consists of, basically, the Linux kernel (www.kernel.org) plus various UNIX and other utilities from the GNU project (www.gnu.org).

Each distribution will bundle together the kernel and some or (more usually) all GNU utilities, although they may configure them slightly differently. On top of this, they tend to add their own configuration utilities and installers.

Some systems, notably SuSE, also add other utilities to the mix as well (the SuSE configuration utility, YaST, being one example). Unless you want a particular utility that's only available in some distributions, it probably won't make any difference. In general, Fedora doesn't do this.

But the basic functionality tends to be the same. Things like the filesystem hierarchy, for instance, is a standard. And you can always install additional software (possibly by compiling it from source code) after the install.

Hope that helps to clear that up,

—Robert J. Lee
 
Old 09-15-2004, 08:37 AM   #6
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I doubt there is anything you need for work that is Fedora Specific. Most things that can be done in Fedora can be done in other distros. What exactly did you need Fedora for?
 
Old 09-15-2004, 09:42 AM   #7
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I am new to Linux. Basically i am gonna a project on embedded Linux, working with a MC68EZ328 DragonBall-EZ processor. Can this be done on other distros?
 
Old 09-16-2004, 01:01 PM   #8
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As a rule of thumb, Gentoo will install on just about anything because it compiles from source.
In googling, I've also found a distro called uClinux that supports the MC68EZ328

If you've got time and patience, you could also set up gcc as a cross-compiler and install Linux From Scratch onto the device (search www.tldp.org for the Linux From Scratch HOWTO).

You may also be able to get the Fedora up and running like this:

Boot off the CD, (you may want to select an expert install).
Switch to vertual terminal 2 (by pressing Ctrl+Alt+F2)
Type the following:
Code:
modprobe usbcore
modprobe usbserial
modprobe scsi_mod
modprobe usb_storage
Now press Alt+F7 to go back to the install, and hopefully it will detect your USB hard-disk.
 
Old 09-21-2004, 01:31 PM   #9
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thks for the help but i still cant get it to work.
decided to install it on the laptop instead.

thks anyway
 
Old 09-30-2004, 04:07 AM   #10
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hello all
is anyone out there doing this? my external hard drive seems to be unsupported in linux. what drive enclosures are working well with linux?
cheers
roger
 
  


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