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Old 02-26-2006, 02:08 PM   #1
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Installing on an external USB hard drive?

My laptop hard drive has failed. I am at school, so would like to install on my external USB drive, but have a couple of questions:

1) Am I able to boot off of an external USB drive?

2) It's not USB 2.0, will it be slow?

3) I have music on my external drive, can I install linux without formatting the entire drive (to save my music)?

4) If the answers to 1, 2, and 3 are hopeful, how do I proceed and make sure I don't destroy my music?

Old 02-26-2006, 02:55 PM   #2
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1 - Maybe. Depends on you laptop's BIOS.

2 - Yes. USB 1.1 maxes out at 12Mbps. ATA-133 is 133Mbps.

3 - Depends. If you have spare space, go for it.

4 - I don't feel hopeful about it, sorry.


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