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Old 09-05-2010, 10:02 PM   #1
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Wink How to install Ubuntu 10 in a USB HDD


I am a Linux beginer and I would like to start exploring Ubuntu.

I installed Virtual Box in my Windows PC, and configured a VM booting with Ubuntu.

The thing is that the VM is booting from an ISO file, I would like to boot from a physical device, just like my external HDD.

Is that possible???

I looked for a guide but I didn't found it.

Ubuntu version is 10.04 64bits.

Thanks for your comments,
Old 09-06-2010, 12:40 AM   #2
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You can surely install Ubuntu on your external HDD without issues. You would need to make it clear if you would want to boot your system from it or would connect it just when you need to boot Ubuntu.
The procedure for installing Ubuntu would be similar. While selecting the destination drive, make sure you select the correct destination drive. And that would do it. While the basic default installation will install grub on the MBR of the same drive as Ubuntu, you would not be able to boot windows with this. You will need to edit the grub configuration.
For that, you will need to change the grub installation destination to internal hdd MBR. And then edit it for Ubuntu.
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I would boot to the iso. Attach the usb device and make a virtual hard drive file on it. Then install to that virtual hard drive.

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You could just format the drive and boot into you ubuntu disk and then install it to the drive though i dont know if that would affect you windows booting it may replace your windows boot with grub but im not sure.... never tryed it...
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my recommendation to OP/dbarboza27: don't use a VM, use the USB HD normally and try it:
Old 09-15-2010, 11:47 PM   #6
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Thanks for your comments.

I installed Ubuntu on the VM HDD and is working fine.

I hope to lear more about LAMP.


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