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Old 04-24-2008, 07:11 AM   #1
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Install fedora 8 on external Hard disk-need an easy way

Hi people,
I am considering of installing fedora 8 on a windows machine. Now, the problem is that i dont want to install it on the internal hard disk but on an external 100gb, for a test until fedora 9 gets out (i dont want to mess the internal hard disk). My experience on linux is only from live cds (i use a knoppix live cd). Now i have a fedora 8 installation dvd and i would like to know if it is possible to install the os on the external hard disk

Any help will be really appreciated

Old 04-24-2008, 07:51 AM   #2
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The big issue in installing to an external drive is in booting. If you simply allow the Linux installer to put boot code (GRUB in most cases) in the MBR, then the system will not boot without the external drive attached. Further, if something else gets attached to the USB bus, then the numbering can change and GRUB will not be able to find its files.

You can always keep it working by simply ensuring that the configuration on the USB bus is the same as when you installed.

Personally, if you have a strong desire not to disturb you internal drive, I would simply buy another internal and put Linux there. There is now a large selection of internal drives under $50.
Old 04-24-2008, 12:13 PM   #3
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So that means a lot of trouble... Maybe i should put an internal hard disk.
Thanks for the help p.
Old 05-05-2008, 12:19 PM   #4
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About a year ago, I purchased an HP Pavillion desktop with AMD x86_64 architecture. The BIOS in this machine (Phoenix AwardBIOS) has an nice option... hitting ESC during boot brings up a "boot menu" which lists ALL of the bootable drives currently attached (I believe that this might also include flash drives, but I haven't verified this yet). So, I installed Fedora 8 onto a second internal drive - with GRUB going on the MBR of the drive #2. Now, I don't have to mess with the MBR on my Windows drive AT ALL (nice peace-of-mind point here!). The only downside is that I can't change the automatic boot sequence. If only more BIOS' adopted similar schemes...
Old 05-13-2008, 06:16 AM   #5
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well there is really not much problem while installing F8 on usb ext disk. u just need to make sure where u want to put the boot loader. Even i am using it from ext hard disk with my office laptop to do my personal work.
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Similar problem

I wanted to install Linux on an external hard drive for a laptop, but the system hangs up while installing the from the first CD. says it will take 400 minutes, but the minute count never changed in 3 days. I know it was installing because the package names changed, but it is extremely slow. To bypass the problem I removed my laptop's internal HD, put the Linux hd in the laptop as an internal drive and installed linux on it. After successfully booting into Linux I placed the drive back into the USB enclosure, put the original HD back into the laptop, and attempted to boot from the USB. I receive a kernel panic message after one screen full of text appears. Changing the "root (hd0,0)" to other numbers, and even to "root (sd0,0)" fails to load linux, and doesn't even give the kernel panic message.

I am attempting to boot Fedora Core 6 with the LTSP package so I can test linux as a terminal server while keeping my Windows Vista unchanged. I have heard that tampering with Vista's boot can break the Vista boot and make it very difficult to get Vista working again.

I can boot from a CD in rescue mode and see (or modify) all the files on the USB drive.

Forgot to mention, I want to boot Windows from the internal HD MBR and linux from the external HD. I installed GRUB in the MBR of USB drive.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Last edited by rdgreenlaw; 05-20-2008 at 12:41 PM. Reason: define where GRUB is loading from


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