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Old 04-16-2008, 05:50 PM   #1
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Install to a usb hard drive (with spinning platters)

I recently got a 2.5" hard drive and installed it into a usb case. I wanted to install dsl (damn small linux) onto it without disrupting the mbr on my standard hard rive. I surfed over to and found the how to for that. I unpledged my internal hard drives and booted dossal from cd. with the external hard drive connected. I went throughout he install process and rebooted. My pc did not want to boot the usb drive. In the past I have booted knoppix and ubuntu from thumbdrives so i know it will boot usb. I went into the boot order at post and my hard drive appeared to be their. My main board is at the following link:

That should have all the info on my main board. My goal is to run qemu on that drive so i can practice with virtual enviroment with out a true dual boot system.

Thanks for any help.
Old 04-16-2008, 06:08 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by murankar View Post

My pc did not want to boot the usb drive.
How far did you get into the boot process? What error messages or error indications did you get?

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Old 04-16-2008, 08:31 PM   #3
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mainboard wants to boot from network. Just sits their trying to get an ip address from a server that does not exist. I have a boot on lan option after all else does not boot. Similar to dl serise hp servers that have no os on them.


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