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Installing OS - January 30th 2010, 05:43 AM

Is it possible to install an OS (such as Ubuntu) on an external hard drive then boot from that drive? Or do I need two internal drives?
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Re: Installing OS - January 30th 2010, 05:44 AM

You can have an external drive, it should work.


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Re: Installing OS - January 30th 2010, 08:37 AM

You can boot from an external drive, a USB stick, a CD. Just about anything. I'm pretty sure you could also partition your current internal drive to dual boot (I assume that's what you're doing?)


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Re: Installing OS - January 30th 2010, 02:53 PM

^Yes he could also dual boot it as well.


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Re: Installing OS - January 30th 2010, 04:28 PM

I don't think my computer is good enough to dual boot. Plus the drive is almost full.
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Re: Installing OS - January 31st 2010, 08:06 PM

What do you mean not good enough? I don't think that there are any special requirements to dual boot. You should be able to do it as long as there is space on your hard drive.


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Re: Installing OS - January 31st 2010, 08:39 PM

I guess I'm just making things up I'm not really sure how it goes, but I'm down to less than a gig of space on my HDD so I won't be able to do it anyway.
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Re: Installing OS - February 2nd 2010, 06:55 PM

Well how big was the HDD to begin with? You need to clear some stuff from it before you can even consider doing much with it. In order to install most Ext HDD's you have to have a few gig left to install it from.. (though I'm not sure if all of them have specific specs..) and your pc will be able to run a different OS, though I'd imagine depending on which. Ubuntu is a good choice. I'd imagine you can boot from the Ext HDD but I think you have to windows installed first if you're thinking of going to anything other than that..


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Re: Installing OS - February 3rd 2010, 08:23 AM

It is possible, but be VERY careful not to erase your windows boot loader and replace it with GRUB. I have linux installed on a memorystick, and it boots fine from that



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