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

Wayne Edgar zerovertex at gmail.com
Wed Oct 1 18:19:20 BST 2008

Thanks. I knew about wubi but had not considered it. I see that it is
included as an option on the 8.04 CD. Installing now!

On Wed, Oct 1, 2008 at 12:05 PM, Lane Oden <lane.oden at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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.
> Lane
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