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Old 08-18-2009, 12:00 PM   #1
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hello i know this is a stupid question, however i think i know the answer. anyway is it possible to run linux off a external hard drive. so when i what to run it i will just have to plug it in. i think my bio's will let me do this. the reason for this is that i am not the only person that uses this laptop. the others do not what liunx on it.
 
Old 08-18-2009, 12:25 PM   #2
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One of the people at my office does this at home. Install to external hard disk and then boot from USB and it goes straight in Linux.
 
Old 08-18-2009, 12:34 PM   #3
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Take the above suggestion and set it up as a persistent image on a usb key. I'd say a 16G key with fstab edited to have the swap on the key.
 
Old 08-18-2009, 01:15 PM   #4
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with fstab edited to have the swap on the key.
Conventional wisdom is that that's a bad idea - constant writing wearing the hell out of your drive very quickly, etc. Do you have any reason to believe that's not a problem?
 
Old 08-18-2009, 02:36 PM   #5
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Conventional wisdom is that that's a bad idea - constant writing wearing the hell out of your drive very quickly, etc. Do you have any reason to believe that's not a problem?
i do not get where you or coming from. i was going to use a new external hard drive that only runs liunx. it would be getting booted up straight from the external hard drive, just like a internal hard drive. so explain how constant writing would wear the hell out of the drive very quickly. when it does not wear the internal drive out quickly. i just don't get were you or coming from. pls explain it more thank you
 
Old 08-18-2009, 02:46 PM   #6
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this is an oddly titled thread (it has nothing to do with ubuntu linux).

search for 'live usb' (+1 fedora live usb creator)
 
Old 08-18-2009, 03:06 PM   #7
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i just don't get were you or coming from. pls explain it more thank you
Read what I quoted when I said that. That comment applies to using flash memory for swap, in reference to a suggestion by Mr-Bisquit that you use a flash drive instead of an external hard drive.
 
Old 08-18-2009, 05:23 PM   #8
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Read what I quoted when I said that. That comment applies to using flash memory for swap, in reference to a suggestion by Mr-Bisquit that you use a flash drive instead of an external hard drive.
o ok get you now.
 
Old 08-18-2009, 05:29 PM   #9
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this is an oddly titled thread (it has nothing to do with ubuntu linux).

search for 'live usb' (+1 fedora live usb creator)
the reason for that is that will be the linux system i am installing on the external hard drive (portable one.
 
Old 08-18-2009, 11:53 PM   #10
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^ i gathered that by the body of the thread but i almost didnt click on it because i thought it had to do with ubuntu.

the title would be more effective with something like 'how-to install linux on a usb drive'. then it would get the attention of those who know something about usb hard drives...
 
Old 08-19-2009, 07:03 AM   #11
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If you plan on using Ubuntu, you can run the Ubuntu Live USB Creator (usb-creator) to install it to the external USB Hard Drive, or thumbdrive. It's a ver useful tool when you have other users to worry about and their preferences of operating systems.
 
  


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