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Old 06-06-2009, 01:39 AM   #1
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Dual Boot Ubuntu Linux and Windows XP

So, I have an hp media center m7330n computer. I recently found an old hard drive holder that connects through firewire, and an old hard drive thats 40 gigs from my old computer. So i took the hard drive and put it in, plugged it in through firewire to my computer, and windows recognizes it as drive I.

I have 2 computers that i travel from, would there be an efficient way to boot from that secondary hard drive if i installed linux on it, from both computers? Meaning I could just plug it in, maybe select it from the bios and run linux?

If so, how would I go about doing that?

Thank you if you can help me.
Old 06-06-2009, 05:53 AM   #2
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If your computer supports booting from the external firewire drive you should simply enable it in bios. If your computer don't support it — there are no way to do such a trick.
Old 06-06-2009, 06:59 AM   #3
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If your BIOS supports booting Firewire, check out this-
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Also check this out-
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Which claims-

#  How can I boot from my hardware device 
(ATA, USB, FireWire, ZIP, etc.)?

    *  OSL2000 can boot most bootable 
devices provided it is recognized by 
your system BIOS at boot time. To check 
whether your system BIOS supports 
booting from your device, do the following:

      (1) Connect your device and start Windows (or DOS).
      (2) If the device requires initialization (like partitioning, formatting, etc.), then do it.
      (3) Install OSL2000 and restart your system.

      Note: If the device appears in the boot menu, then OSL2000 can boot that device. If you're experiencing problems, then please try the following:

      (1) In some systems, the BIOS support for booting some devices is disabled by default. If you have one such system, then you have to enter the BIOS setup during startup and manually enable the option to boot from the device.

      (2) Sometimes, the boot menu might recognize your hardware device as a hard disk. This is a cosmetic issue and can be safely ignored.

      (3) Whenever you select "CD-Rom" from the OSL2000 boot menu, it tries to boot the "second" boot device selected in your system BIOS. So, if you select your device as the second boot device in your system BIOS, you can boot your device directly from the OSL2000 boot menu by selecting "CD-Rom".
So, maybe that can help too.

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