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Old 12-14-2006, 12:21 PM   #1
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usb hdd install


i got a freecom 250g usb hdd that i want to install mandriva powerpack 2007 on. when its connected and i set bios to boot from the usb hdd my pc freezes on the first boot screen.. its the screen that scans the memory and pc system set up


any ideas anyone
 
Old 12-15-2006, 02:34 AM   #2
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What have you got loaded on the usb hdd? Is it fdisked and formatted?
 
Old 12-15-2006, 05:49 AM   #3
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its just as i took it out of the box. windows finds it and says its fat32 file system
 
Old 12-15-2006, 06:52 PM   #4
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Hm,I'm not a Mandriva user, but can't you just set the BIOS to boot first from a CD and then use CD from Mandriva to install the programs on to the usb drive during installation?

I'm afraid I don't know a lot about this problem as by accident I just put a hdd that already had Gentoo loaded into an external hdd case and the only problem I have is it occassionally reports an 'i/o error' and can't read the drive. I think I need to modify fstab perhaps. From research on the internet I believe a lot of people have problems loading an o/s onto a hdd already encased in usb case. Sorry I can't help you further.
 
Old 12-15-2006, 06:55 PM   #5
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Actually come to think of it I remember actually saving data and then fdisk and formatting the drive in the case as a ext3, to match what was on the other hd with Fedora loaded. Basically, using a boot disk or rescue disk get to a command line and type fdisk etc. Then format as ext3 etc.
 
  


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