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Old 01-03-2018, 01:15 PM   #1
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Install Slackware on external drive?


Hi, would it be possible to install Slackware on a 160 GB HDD for trial and use? It has Windows 7 on it. Thinking of dual booting.

My computer is a Lenovo desktop, like a laptop in size, and has a new SSD. The system is I think new, that is UEFI.

I have never installed Slackware before.

I would like to try Slackware for writing documents, watching youtube, listening to MP3 files, secure banking, possibly encryption.

I will read up on the method from the sticky in this forum.

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Old 01-03-2018, 02:34 PM   #2
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Hi, would it be possible to install Slackware on a 160 GB HDD for trial and use? It has Windows 7 on it. Thinking of dual booting.

My computer is a Lenovo desktop, like a laptop in size, and has a new SSD. The system is I think new, that is UEFI.

I have never installed Slackware before.

I would like to try Slackware for writing documents, watching youtube, listening to MP3 files, secure banking, possibly encryption.

I will read up on the method from the sticky in this forum.
Look, the mini-PCs usually have an e-SATA port. Even mine has one too.

IF your mini-PC have an e-SATA port, I recommend you to buy whatever cheap e-SATA enclosure and to reuse an old 2.5" hard drive.

This way, using an e-SATA external drive, you can install Slackware as it is installed in the internal hard drive and with same features and behavior.

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Old 01-03-2018, 03:07 PM   #3
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If you want to use Slackware on a trial basis, the best bet would be to actually use Slackware Live. It is unofficial, but it is developed by one of the core Slackware team members and is basically a full install onto a USB stick, allowing you to make changes and have them saved if you set it up using persistence.

https://docs.slackware.com/slackware:liveslak
http://bear.alienbase.nl/mirrors/sla...e64-14.2-live/

Otherwise, you are able to install Slackware onto an external harddrive, but if your computer wants to be difficult, it could require extra tweaking to get it to work properly. We'd definitely be able to help out if you need it, but it might be a little intimidating for a first install.
 
Old 01-29-2018, 12:20 PM   #4
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yes you can install slackware to an external drive or even a usb stick. simply select the proper drive during installation and make sure lilo is installed on that drive too. when plugged in if it doesnt boot to that drive you can change the boot order of the pc or some you can select for example f12 to get a list to choose what to boot. there shouldnt be any need to edit the bootloader on the internal drive. easy shmeasy
 
Old 01-30-2018, 10:51 AM   #5
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I'd like to second the method posted above by wigums, even though the LiveSlack is also a great option, since I took it one step further. At one time when I was heavily involved is Computer Service, I wanted a mobile medium by which I could backup and restore as well as use various tools for a guaranteed clean environment. I bought an SATA dual enclosure and installed a hard drive and a RW DVD drive as well as an addon PCI card for eSATA so that no matter what box I worked on in no matter what condition, I could boot on the existing hardware from either a Live CD/DVD or a hard system. It turned out to be extremely useful and never once failed me as long as the mobo was basically intact. All I ever had to do was enter Boot Order mode and select which device I wanted to boot. Since I had LILO configured with LABEL (UUID also works) instead of "/dev/sdfoo" there was never a problem no matter how few or how many drives my client's machine had.

BTW welcome to Slackware !
 
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