Installing Ubuntu 7.04 to a USB Hard Drive

Victor Mendonça victorbrca at
Thu May 17 23:05:50 UTC 2007

I would say probably to /dev/fd0   

Found a couple of links that may be usefull

----- Original Message ----
From: Sanjay Sodhi <sanjay.sodhi at>
To: The Canadian Ubuntu Users Community <ubuntu-ca at>
Sent: Thursday, May 17, 2007 5:50:24 PM
Subject: Re: Installing Ubuntu 7.04 to a USB Hard Drive

Install GRUB to your MBR, and point Ubuntu to /dev/hda(n)?

On 17/05/07, Victor Mendonça <victorbrca at
> wrote: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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