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Old 04-12-2004, 06:56 PM   #1
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External USB hard drive

Is it possible to boot Fedora or any linux distribution from a USB external hard drive? Any help is greatly appreciated.
Old 04-12-2004, 09:53 PM   #2
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As far as I know it isn't possible to direct the BIOS to boot from a USB hard drive directly however there are some distributions (e.g. MandrakeMove) which use a bootable CD/Floppy to boot and then run some or all operations from a USB hard drive.
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Yes, I am doing it. It requires BIOS support for booting from USB device. Hoto at;
Warning; the Fedora installation could not find the external disk. You are given the option
to specify drivers to the installation, I tried both USB and Firewire. None worked.
I now run Gentoo.
/L Ekman
Old 04-13-2004, 05:33 PM   #4
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i know that with a NForce2 motherboard, you can boot from USB devices. however, it may be hard to install because of usb2.0 drivers :S
Old 04-13-2004, 06:47 PM   #5
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If your BIOS supports booting from a USB drive then you should be at least 1/2 way there. Alternatively, you will need to create a boot-floppy or an "initial ram disk" (initrd) that will start your USB services and find the USB harddrive.
Old 12-10-2005, 10:01 AM   #6
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A distro that can be installed into and booted from an external USB hard drive is Puppy. Just did it myself when Slax and Damn Small Linux failed. I think the kernel and the loading process needs to slow down to match the slow response from the USB cable so it should not be possible for every standard distro.
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