Re: Linux on an external HD
- Thank you, thank you to everyone that responded! The computer my room mate has is a Gateway Media Center PC with plenty of plugs on it. The only reason I was looking into the 1TB HD's is because some of the 320GB ones are only about $10 less and so for the money, it seemed like you would have so much more for just a little extra cash. Plus, I have been looking into purchasing a laptop and most of them do not have very big HD's, so I thought I would be able to keep everything on one of these TB units and not clutter up a laptop. Thanks again. You all are the nicest computer related group I have ever encountered. I have been to computer type forums and such and most of them can be condescending and rude. Everyone here is very respectful and kind. I would recommend this group to anyone and already have. Have a great day.
--- In LINUX_Newbies@yahoogroups.com, Roy <linuxcanuck@...> wrote:
> Yes. You can even install Linux to an 8 GB usb stick and it will run quite
> well. I am running Ubuntu 10.04 from a 16 GB SD card on my netbook. I run
> Fedora 12 from a usb external drives too. Check to see if your room-mate's
> computer boots from usb first. Even if it doesn't it is possible to make a
> CD to start the usb boot process; it just adds a second step. You could also
> look into WUBI which installs Ubuntu in Windows without any partitioning.
> see http://www.pendrivelinux.com/
> On 29 May 2010 02:32, searcher1 <searcher125@...> wrote:
> > Linux can most certainly be run from an external HD. Before I upgraded my
> > internal HD, I was using Ubuntu on an external HD for several months. Ubuntu
> > was able to detect my computer's hardware automatically and could change the
> > drivers automatically when I plugged the external HD into another computer.
> > I am quite sure Mint can do likewise. You can choose not to mount the
> > internal HD and nothing in there will be touched. I still use Puppy Linux on
> > a USB pendrive and bring that with me everywhere I go.
> > But 1 TB may be on the high side unless you are planning to install many
> > distros. Mint will need about 20 GB only.
> > Alex
> > ________________________________
> > From: Gabrielle <dawnyisrael13@... <dawnyisrael13%40yahoo.com>>
> > To: LINUX_Newbies@yahoogroups.com <LINUX_Newbies%40yahoogroups.com>
> > Sent: Sat, 29 May, 2010 2:57:55
> > Subject: [LINUX_Newbies] Linux on an external HD
> > Greetings,
> > I first want to say I have been enjoying reading and learning from all the
> > posts here.
> > I have a question and please do not roll your eyes at me for asking this. I
> > still have not been able to obtain a decent used computer for myself and am
> > at the mercy of using my room mates. He told me I absolutely could NOT
> > partition his hard drive and put some version of Linux on it. So, I have
> > seen that the price of an iOmega external 1TB HD is on sale right now for
> > around $80. Would I be able to plug in one of those to his computer and
> > download say Mint since I am a newbie, and then only use it off of that
> > external HD? Plus use it then on whatever computer I finally do obtain? This
> > is so he will not know or complain. I am alone with his computer during the
> > day, so I would have time to plug and play. I am not sure if these external
> > HD's require downloading anything to the main computer you are plugged into
> > or not. I do not want anything to show on his computer.
> > Anyway, I hope this was not an eye roller of a question.
> > Thank you
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- Just make sure grub gets dumped on the ext HD, rather than the internal one. Btw... You're halfway to an inexensive netbook... I would just snag a cheap flashdrive for installation now, and keep saving up.
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From: searcher1 <searcher125@...>
Sent: Saturday, May 29, 2010 1:32 AM
Subject: Re: [LINUX_Newbies] Linux on an external HD
Linux can most certainly be run from an external HD. Before I upgraded my internal HD, I was using Ubuntu on an external HD for several months. Ubuntu was able to detect my computer's hardware automatically and could change the drivers automatically when I plugged the external HD into another computer. I am quite sure Mint can do likewise. You can choose not to mount the internal HD and nothing in there will be touched. I still use Puppy Linux on a USB pendrive and bring that with me everywhere I go.
But 1 TB may be on the high side unless you are planning to install many distros. Mint will need about 20 GB only.
From: Gabrielle <dawnyisrael13@...>
Sent: Sat, 29 May, 2010 2:57:55
Subject: [LINUX_Newbies] Linux on an external HD
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- I have a eeePC 900 that came with a 160 GB HD with Windows XP on it. I use
part of that for /home (50 GBs or so) and run Ubuntu 10.04 full version as I
don't like the NBR interface on the SD card. I also have a eeePC 701 with a
20 GB SSD that came with Xandros which sucks BTW (at least four years out of
date) that uses 8 GBs and it has Windows XP in the remaining 12 GBs. I run
several distributions from SD cards there.
Both eeePCs and my desktop HP computer use the ESC key at boot time to bring
up the built in boot manager. From that I can choose which device to boot. I
always write grub to the drive on which it is installed and not the MBR.
That way I can control the devices and even remove them without fouling up
grub. This way everything in grub is (hd0,0) which means first drive first
When I use an external HD (1 TB) I use hd0 but vary the partition and write
to MBR of the external HD. I have Fedora 12, MEPIS 8.5, Sidux and PCLinuxOS
installed on that drive plus four large partitions for backup and data
storage. I get plenty of practice fixing grub as each distro is better or
worse for handling other installed distributions. Ubuntu detects everythign
and is almost fail proof. Fedora on the other hand recognises little outside
of Fedora. MEPIS, PCLOS and Sidux is quite good, but Sabayon on a separate
drive does not pick up anything but itself. I usually have at least six or
seven distros installed at one time plus more on several VMs.
I will replace Fedora 12 with 13 shortly and try the new Mandriva and
openSuSE when they are final. I should give Mint a try when it catches up to
Ubuntu. Linux is great if you are a Linux junkie!
On 29 May 2010 09:00, J <dreadpiratejeff@...> wrote:
> On Sat, May 29, 2010 at 08:53, Roy <linuxcanuck@...<linuxcanuck%40gmail.com>>
> > I am running Ubuntu 10.04 from a 16 GB SD card on my netbook.
> Roy, what kind of netbook do you have, and how did you get an SD slot to
> I've looked at my Lenovo S-10, and one that one of my students had,
> and neither of us could get that working. IN our cases, the SD slot
> didn't present as a device until after the OS was loaded... the BIOS
> didn't recognize it as a device by itself, even with an SD card
> plugged in.
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