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Old 03-20-2003, 11:56 AM   #1
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Question possible to run linux from an external hard disk?

Is it possible to run linux from an external hard disk? If so, how hard/easy is the installation? How do I go about it?

I have a laptop (my company's, actually). It runs a 'proprietary' OS. I can't install Linux on the internal hard disk. I would like to install it on an external hard disk which connects to the laptop through USB port.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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I suppose it all depends on whether your bios can boot from usb...or just boot from a floppy that points to the usb I don't see why it wouldn't work.
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booting from the dist for the /boot partion and place other file systems like swap to the usb drive but in the booting process usb devices comes last maybe that can cause a problem


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