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I have a Toshiba laptop with BIOS that will not recognize USB as a boot medium (I have purchased two USB 'thumb' drives with Distro's that do boot but the BIOS see them as HDD devices!)
I did manage to install and boot a distro from the USB HD but ended up with the USB drive having to be connected' to select any of the OS partions, to boot anything.
I do realize that somehow, when installing the new distro on the USB drive, I changed the GRUB configuration to be on the USB drive which obviously I did not want, so can someone tell me how to get that GRUB configuration on the laptop main drive?
I have a Toshiba Satelite P205D with a 250GB HD and 3072MB of ram.
I have a lot of space for the SuSE distro that I am pleased with however, I did want to install and try other distro's WITHOUT putting them on my main HDD.
I am not familiar with 'Plop' so I will look it up and give it a try following your suggestions - thanks.
GRUB2 is already on the laptop, and the install process was, I suppose, the 'default' which also put it on the USB hard drive.The drive 'selection' menu shows the USB as a separate HDD but it will not boot from it - I have to select the main laptop drive which shows the Linux variants and my Windows partition. Strangely however, without the USB drive connected, I get an error message 'drive not recognized'
Thanks for the help, I will give this 'Plop' a try.
Running any OS from a USB hard drive is generally a Bad Idea.
1. Dual boot the main OS's you want
... and/or ...
2. Use VM's of any alternate OS's you want (run the VM's from hard disk; *not* external USB disk)
... and ...
3. Use your USB for external/archival storage
Thanks for the response paulsm4,I have no doubt that you are exactly right.
On thinking further about putting the OS on a USB drive, it probably is even more 'unsafe' than putting it on the main (internal) drive.
I am not skilled with the Linux file system but I have the urge to continue to 'tweak' because I make so many mistakes and learn a lot
in the painful process of correction!
I have tried a few suggestions - that have not worked out, so I will now using the the USB as a Backup drive.
Thanks again,I know you have offered very sound advice.