Welcome to the most active Linux Forum on the web.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 01-22-2006, 04:18 PM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Jul 2005
Distribution: Fedora Core 4
Posts: 3

Rep: Reputation: 0
Installing on external harddrive

I have a laptop and want to be able to boot linux from an external hard drive. But i cant seem to find a way to install it onto the drive. Any tips?
Old 01-22-2006, 04:28 PM   #2
Registered: Jun 2005
Location: University of Maryland
Distribution: FreeBSD
Posts: 268

Rep: Reputation: 30
IF (not sure if it is) this is possbile, you'd have to mount the USB drive during the installation so you could install the system, AND you'd need a computer that can boot from USB. Once again, I'm not sure if its possible...
Old 01-22-2006, 05:59 PM   #3
Registered: Jan 2006
Distribution: Zenwalk.
Posts: 45

Rep: Reputation: 15
Originally Posted by bw3000
I have a laptop and want to be able to boot linux from an external hard drive. But i cant seem to find a way to install it onto the drive. Any tips?
I would like to be able to do this as well. Mandriva is now available pre-installed on a LaCie external hard drive so I assume it is possible.

See here:

and here:

It says the folowing in the PDF datasheet:

"Simply plug the GlobeTrotter 2.0 into the USB port of a host
PC and turn it on. Hardware is automatically detected but
not modified in any way. A bootable MiniCD is included
for computers that cannot boot directly from USB. When
you’re finished, you can take GlobeTrotter 2.0 to a different
workstation with up to 80GB of your data, applications, and
personal settings."

My guess is that the easiest way would be to copy a 'live' version of Linux onto the external hard drive.

Last edited by Vulpus; 01-22-2006 at 06:09 PM.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
having trouble installing debian on external usb harddrive willigi Debian 4 11-14-2005 03:24 PM
Installing Debian on an external USB harddrive (NOT a flash drive) Hikaru79 Debian 1 06-23-2005 09:40 PM
Installing linux on 2nd harddrive(dual boot) windows on seperate harddrive lysol Linux - Software 25 08-03-2004 09:33 AM
Installing Linux on an external harddrive and booting from any computer scr02bcg Linux - Hardware 8 03-29-2004 09:11 PM
Installing linux to and USB external Harddrive??? loser04 Linux - Hardware 1 08-18-2003 02:36 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:33 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration