How do I install Ubuntu on USB external HDD??

Amd / AMD
July 13, 2012 at 00:42:03
Specs: Windows XP service pk3, AMD ATHLONXP1800
Hi dear folks,
I like to install Ubuntu 10.04 on Toshiba 160 gig USB HDD, but I am not getting luck in it.
In the meantime I tried to install twice, and during the final ubuntu file copying process, the pops up message says error loading occurred, cannot load! By the way, I checked the bios that belong to boot option from USB HDD, but I don’t know why it is not booting ubuntu? Do I need to update my bios? How do I make usb hdd bootable for Ubuntu?
My system definition is below:
Cpu= AMD ATHLON XP +1800
Motherboard Model- k7s5a pro
Front side bus speeds- 266 MHz
100/133 MHz ddr/sdr.
Video card= NVIDIA Geforce 4 MX 440 with AGP8X
Memory= 1 gig of DDR ram
HD= Hitachi 80 gig
Hd= Maxtor 40 gig
Modem= Agere systems PCI soft modem
I will be waiting for your reply!


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#1
July 13, 2012 at 04:24:56

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#2
July 13, 2012 at 04:52:46

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#3
July 13, 2012 at 09:02:49
Most modern linux doesn't care what type of storage it loads on. This is usually not a usb hard drive to the bios but a choice of hard drives.

Power down the computer, attach usb and then boot up to bios. Does a new hard drive show up under the two internal's as a boot order choice. It should. You may have to fool linux and get a cd or floppy to then boot to the external if you can't get this to boot via bios.

It is so old that a bios update may not hurt. The update should always state some reason that fits your issue.

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#4
July 13, 2012 at 10:16:20
Re # 3
After attach the usb hdd I did power down, during booting the PC bios is still not showing up the external hard drive along with the internal hard drive in the boot menu
Re #1
And in the mean time I installed the Linux Mint to the USB HDD, but only the problem exists that booting from the USB HDD.

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#5
July 13, 2012 at 15:35:55
There should be a Key or Key combination, that you have to press at power on your computer, to get a boot menu, where you can choose, where you'd like to boot from.
E.g.:
USB-Drive
CD-/DVD ROM
HDD1/2

The key you have to use is mostly written at the bottom of the very first boot screen.


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#6
July 13, 2012 at 20:13:18
That age of computer is kind of suspect. If you create a live usb flash on some other computer and test, can you get this old one to work?

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#7
July 13, 2012 at 20:46:48
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I already followed your instruction but the boot from USB HDD is still inactive;
and i am keep trying the instruction from Re # 1, but I don't know the GRUB will be working with this system or not! if you know any idea to boot USB HDD for linux/ubuntu os just let me know !

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#8
July 13, 2012 at 21:56:38
If BIOS is not showing the External Hard Drive, then boot from USB Hard Drive is not supported, maybe the BIOS only supports boot from USB Flash Drive !

It would help if you could confirm model of the Toshiba Laptop !

Googling is quicker than waiting for an answer....


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#9
July 14, 2012 at 09:32:13
To linux a usb drive is an internal drive if the bios supports usb boot. A flash or hard drive are the same.

Your usb hard drive ought to be tested or made on a newer system. Be sure to remove power to any internal drives before you mess them up.


Why are you using an old ubuntu?
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#10
July 14, 2012 at 13:12:38
Re # 8 & 9
I already let you knew that my effort about installing the ubuntu/linux to my desktop PC( The system is mentioned above). And even if I remove power from internal drives the system is not recognizing the external or USB hard drive at all;
And in the mean time I tried to install the latest version of UBUNTU 12.04, but i was unsuccessful over USB HD!
Thanks for reply!

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#11
July 14, 2012 at 13:16:46
It would help if you could confirm model of the Toshiba Laptop !

..but as does not appear to support from USB HDD why not install to a USB Flash Drive ??

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/32GB-USB-...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/64GB-FLAS...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/128gb-Usb...


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#12
July 14, 2012 at 15:44:17
Hi Jplicloud, I dont have toshiba laptop, and I am trying to install in my external hard drive what attached with the usb port of DESKTOP PC!!

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#13
July 14, 2012 at 21:41:43
Sorry my bad, mis-read post, but looking at the Manual it seems that booting from External USB Hard Drive is not a supported option.......

Therefore your best option is Puppy Linux which runs from a CD-RW disk and can "save sessions" on exit:

http://puppylinux.org/main/Download...

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#14
July 15, 2012 at 13:24:34
Some people use plop to then boot to a usb drive.

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#15
July 17, 2012 at 18:34:22
Dear jefro, after having searched in google, I installed plop, My question is that what do i have to do to get it work for USB drive?

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#16
July 17, 2012 at 19:27:17
There are a few plop things on their site and for downloading. The one I am talking about is a boot loader to boot up OS's. Not the linux distro of plop.

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#17
July 21, 2012 at 04:28:15
http://www.plop.at/en/bootmanager/i...

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#18
July 30, 2012 at 14:34:23
Did you made partitions yet?
Did you Created boot live CD into USB drive?
Ask it to your equipment vendor or your manufacturer, Toshiba for it.. They knows well how to do it, this is their work.

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