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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2005 1:10 pm    Post subject: linux distro on external drive Reply with quote
Is it possible to install and run a second OS on an external hard drive?

I have a daisy chain of Maxtor One Touch drives, connected to a laptop (running XP) and wanted to dabble with one of the Linux distros (me being a novice and all, probably Xandros, or one of the other easy install desktop distros) on the cover disc of a Linux magazine. I donít really want to use up the resources on the laptop itself for a second OS, and wondered if it was a practical (and workable) idea to install and run this second OS on one of the external hard drives?

Any tips welcome.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2005 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I've got eight copies of the Ubuntu distro 'live cd'.

You can run it from your CD drive without installing anything to your hard drive. You can 'play' with linux without committing yourself to a full installation.

If you want to do a full install just use the other CD that comes with it.

If you (or anybody else) wants one PM me with your address.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2005 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
That looks interesting. PM on the way.....
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2005 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I see no reason why you shouldn't be able to install on an external HDD. Unless perhaps a special driver is required.

I don't know too much about live CDs, I hear they're quite slow though. They may well be good for a play I don't know.

When you install a GNU/Linux distribution don't make the mistake of expecting it too contain all software to replace all your windows software. Just like with windows you'll need to install software you need on top of the operating system. You'll probably find yourself on sourceforge frequently! :-)

On a minor note when refering to the operating system as a whole (and not just the kernel) please call it `GNU/Linux' rather than `Linux', as this helps to dispell a common misunderstanding. (See link for details.) :-)
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2005 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
AS previously mentionned.... I don't see any reason why not.

As long as you can boot from your external drive, there shouldn't be a problem.


You may also be interested in VMWare's ofeerings. They allow you to run any o/s from your current platform eg. you can run Red Hat (or Fedora for free version) from your WindowsXP desktop. Or you can run WindowsXP from your WindowsXP desktop. Or you can run ....
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