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Solved Booting Unix and Linux from a USB harddrive

July 18, 2011 at 23:16:28
Specs: Windows 7, 2.0/ 2 gigs of ramof ram
I found out the hard way that windows does not play nice when you try to boot it from a USB hard drive. I wanted to know if I would have more luck with Unix(particularly Solaris) or Linux(version undecided). I am asking because I don't want to both of them to be on the same HD. I know I can put them on different partitions, but that does not make me feel any better about it. If they don't play nice with USB drives either does anyone have another solution. I am using a laptop since my power supply for my desktop died, and I plan to wait to buy another desktop since it is old anyway, instead of fixing the one I have now.

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July 18, 2011 at 23:30:03
Linux will happily boot of a USB hard drive. I've never tried booting Solaris in this way but I can't see why it wouldn't work as it uses the same boot loader.

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July 18, 2011 at 23:32:51
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You can have Linux (Ubuntu) installed directly within Windows.. Just as an application.. When you format your windows Ubuntu will also be gone.. Or if in any case you want to remove Ubuntu, just boot from windows,
Goto- C:\ drive
there you can see a Ubuntu Folder..
Just click on Wubi.exe (Application)
and select Uninstall..
Thats it.. Your Linux Ubuntu will be gone..


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July 18, 2011 at 23:36:44
Thanks. I will most likely be going with Ubuntu then for the linux OS.

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