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Old 05-28-2005, 11:17 PM   #1
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Installing Debian to External USB


As the thread title suggests, I'm trying to install the latest build ("woody") to an external, WD 120GB USB 2.0 Drive. I (ideally) want linux to exist within its own partition, say 15 gigs. I don't want to use it as my primary OS (hence the external drive), but just want to tool around and get a feel for Linux. When I go to install Debian off the first disk, I get up to the partitioning tool. At that point, it only offers me one drive to use (and not one clearly labeled, at that.) Any ideas on how I can get Debian to play nice with my USB drive?
 
Old 05-29-2005, 11:26 AM   #2
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As far as I know, you will need a BIOS that can boot to USB, that isn't very common. I would check your motherboard supports that first. If it does, then I would say when booting from the debian install disk, use the newest kernel you can, and if you see one with USB support choose that one (don't just boot the default kernel - usually hitting various F keys you can find some names of alternate kernels you can boot to).

Then when you get to the debian setup screen, hit ctrl+alt+f2 to switch to terminal 2 (the installer is on terminal 1), hit enter to login, and try to make sure your USB drive's device exists. You may need to load modules, try various kernels, or something of the like to get this to work.

Once you can see the USB drive's device in terminal 2, I think the debian installer should see it in terminal one (I believe it will probably come in as /dev/sda when it's working).

If your BIOS doesn't support this or you're not able to get this working, might I suggest using a live CD to try out linux. There are ways to setup a partition as your home drive, and in that way you could still customize your linux distribution even though it's booting off of CD.

In any case, good luck!
 
  


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