Installing Ubuntu 9.04 to a Western Digital External Hard Drive

Dereck dereck at
Thu Jun 18 12:49:21 BST 2009


First, be aware USB is fairly slow, esp firefox. Also, not all machines
allow booting from USBt. :) None-the-less, I have always had a USB disk with
Ubuntu on it since 2007 or so for times when I'm on the go.

It's really easy now to set up. just go to System->Preferances->Usb startup
disk creater and let it guide you through the process. You'll need the ISO
for the version of ubuntu you want to install still though.

As for the running your system on your usb stick on virtualbox, I think that
is probably a no go there as is uses a disk image format. That might be a
fun thing to play with and try to get working though!


On Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 1:59 PM, Kevin Stagg <kstagg at> wrote:

> I hope this is the right forum, and could use some assistance.
> I have a 160GB Western Digital External Hard Drive and I'd like to load
> Ubuntu 9.04 onto it so that I can have the latter OS with me wherever I go.
> Usually the hard drive is attached to my Vista Ultimate pc here at home.
> Is there a tutorial out there that walks a *newbie* step by step on how
> this can be accomplished? I see there are tutorials out there but everone
> I've looked at seems to assume that the user has an extensive background in
> Linux, which I do not.
> Also, if I were to load Ubuntu on my ext hard drive, could I access Ubuntu
> while still running Vista on the desktop? Would it be similar to having a
> vmware environment of Ubuntu running on a Windows platform?
> Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
> Many thanks -
> Kevin
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