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Old 08-05-2005, 11:15 PM   #1
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Install on Desktop but use HD as external for laptop


I'm wondering if anyone has tried installing Linux on a desktop with only 1 hard drive (hd0) and then removed that hard drive and tried to boot linux off the hard drive as an external hard drive on a notebook that supports USB booting in BIOS.

I've run into all kinds of problems installing Linux from my notebook to an external and I'm looking for other options. I can't seem to get my distro (Ubuntu) to boot off the USB drive.

Anyway, please let me know if anyone has tried to above (installing on desktop and then using that desktop HD as an external HD).
 
Old 08-07-2005, 12:08 PM   #2
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I would think that the first problem you would run into would be a possible device name difference. Most internal hard drives (IDE) are labelled as /dev/hda. However, a USB drive is recognized as a SCSI device, thus /dev/sda. If you were to check out your /etc/fstab file, it will probably be full of hda instead of sda.

Since your laptop does support booting off a USB device in the BIOS, I suppose this is probably one of those things you may be able to get working, but the effort may not be worth the reward.
 
Old 08-07-2005, 03:42 PM   #3
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I think I agree that this is more trouble than its worth. I've tried mounting a boot partition on the external but I can't get the bootloader on the external HD to boot up. I've installed Ubuntu 3+ times and DSL twice. I'm resolved to buying a used system so I can play around. At least in a used system I can still put the HD's to work.
 
  


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