Installing on a USB external hard drive

Bob A boba45678 at
Tue Oct 25 11:04:04 UTC 2005

I have installed ubuntu base system on an external USB hard drive.
However, during installation of GRUB boot loader I was unable to specify my external drive, instead I installed it on a floppy drive. When Im trying to boot from the floppy, it is reporting an error saying /dev/sda1 could not be found and displaying a shell prompt. 
I would like to know:
1) How to specify external drive for installation of GRUB loader. 
2) How to prepare a new boot floppy which can load from the external drive in this situation.
Please help me in setting up the boot loader appropriately.

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