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Old 08-12-2007, 05:10 PM   #1
Registered: May 2003
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booting from a USB drive

I had the clever idea to install BLAG 69999 (based on Fedora 7) on an external USB disk drive, which I'm able to boot by referencing it in my home desktop's grub.conf file. My plan is to bring the drive to work with me and boot from it instead of the hard drive of a "spare" Windows 2000 desktop in my cubicle, but therein lies the problem: I don't have GRUB installed on the Windoze box - nor do I know if it's even possible, therefore the system doesn't know anything about BLAG. When I try to change the boot device to the USB drive I get an "invalid operating system" error. So here are my questions: is it possible to 1) install GRUB on the Windows 2000 box so that I can reference the usb drive and boot from it, or otherwise 2) configure the USB drive such that it is directly bootable from BIOS? My thanks in advance...
Old 08-12-2007, 09:02 PM   #2
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well I'm not familiar with BLAGG but I do know that I've used Slax(Live CD based on Slackware) to boot my Slax OS off a USB drive. You would use the Slax CD to boot from then manually enter a "cheatcode" to tell it to boot from the USB drive. Of course you would have to be able to access the BIOS to tell it to boot from CD.

In your case, maybe you can make a CD with grub on it so that it would know to boot from the USB drive...


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