Installing Ubuntu 7.04 to a USB Hard Drive

Victor Mendonça victorbrca at
Thu May 17 14:29:07 UTC 2007

If I'm not mistaken, you could:

1- Install Ubuntu on the USB drive, and it should install grub on the Windows HD so you can choose which to boot (not sure if this would be something you'd want, and it might be trick to do it)
2- You could remove the Windows drive, install ubuntu on USB and install grub on a floppy. Use the floppy whenever you want to boot to Ubuntu

However I'm not sure how to go about on doing these procedures (noob here), but I'm almost sure I've seen how to's in the forums.


----- Original Message ----
From: Preston Smith <prbasmith at>
To: ubuntu-ca <ubuntu-ca at>
Sent: Wednesday, May 16, 2007 2:15:47 PM
Subject: Installing Ubuntu 7.04 to a USB Hard Drive


I have a Compaq Presario V2414 running XP.  I would like to install 
Ububtu on a USB drive so that I can maintain the integrity of the 
Compaq's proprietary software (for my wife to run XP) while allowing me 
to have the choice to boot to XP or to Ubuntu resident on my USB drive. 
Of course, while in Ubuntu, I would like to have access to all of the 
Compaq's features.. the Compaq's bios does not allow booting from a USB 

Ideas please!



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