[LoCo-US-AL] Ubuntu on External USB Drive

Lane Oden lane.oden at gmail.com
Wed Oct 1 18:05:13 BST 2008

On Wed, Oct 1, 2008 at 9:57 AM, Wayne Edgar <zerovertex at gmail.com> wrote:

> I have a Dell Latitude C160. It's an older laptop that does not have
> built-in support for booting to USB devices. I have an internal hard drive
> with Windows XP. I would like to load Ubuntu on the external HD for casual
> use but I have to have XP for daily work tasks. If I install it this way,
> (a) will GRUB see that USB drive and sucessfully boot to the drive without
> the BIOS support for booting to USB and (b) will I still be able to boot to
> the internal HD *without* the USB drive hooked up?

Seems like wubi would be your best bet here. http://www.wubi-installer.org/

Loading GRUB on the USB disk won't help you boot if your BIOS still doesn't
support booting from USB. Wubi will let you boot Ubuntu, independently of
Windows using XP's bootloader and your local disk. And then you can do
whatever you want with your external drive. Depending on file system, you
could access the external drive from both environments. And you'd be able to
operate untethered if you wanted to.

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