[ubuntu-uk] MBR

Alan James Jenkins alan.james.jenkins at gmail.com
Fri Feb 20 14:44:46 GMT 2009

I see no problem with this other than you must make sure you do not  
accidentally unplug the USB drive while in use as that may result in  
dataloss depending on what you are doing.

Just be careful though and all should be ok.

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On 20 Feb 2009, at 14:24, Keith <keith at grumpyface.me.uk> wrote:

> Some of you may remember that I wrote the following a couple of weeks
> ago and I received several helpful replies:-
> "The machine I am writing this on has been playing up for a long, long
> time and each time I switch on I wait in trepidation to see whether or
> not it will actually boot up.  Usually it does but I have to accept  
> that
> it is coming to the end of its life.  I have a Windows XP machine,  
> which
> I've never actually opened up.  I propose to remove the master drive
> from the Linux machine on which Ubuntu is installed and insert it into
> the Windows one.  It will then become the slave drive.  What I would
> like to know is how to create a new MBR on the Windows machine as I
> shall wish it to boot up into Ubuntu for 95% of the time."
> As it turned out it was all academic because the drive in the ailing
> machine was an IDE drive and the newer machine had SATA connections  
> so I
> ended up partitioning and installing Ubuntu onto the single, 320Gb,
> drive which seems big enough.
> As it happens I had lying about in the attic an old USB caddie so I
> inserted the Ubuntu disc into it and connected it to a Vista laptop
> which boots from USB and switched on.  Lo and behold I was presented
> with the Grub menu and was able to boot up into Ubuntu.
> The reason for this now lengthy missive, for which I apologise, is to
> ask the experts who may read it whether it is safe to run Ubuntu in  
> this
> fashion, or am I in danger of corrupting data on either the Ubuntu or
> the Vista hard drive.
> Many thanks for your patience in reading so far and I look forward to
> receiving any reply.
> Regards,
> Keith.
> -- 
> Keith Bowerman,
> Prestwood, south Staffordshire, England.
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