Installing Ubuntu as 2nd OS

Derek Broughton news at
Thu Apr 24 14:16:26 UTC 2008

Nils Kassube wrote:

> Derek Broughton wrote:
>> Nils Kassube wrote:
>> > I don't think it depends on the disk. If the BIOS can boot from USB,
>> > any USB disk or USB stick should work. At least with my desktop and
>> > laptop it worked with a noname USB stick.
>> Well, as I just said to Peter, I installed Linux on a cheap external
>> USB for my father-in-law, and it was a waste of time.  You need
>> something fairly reliable.
> Sure, it should be reliable, and I don't question your observation with
> that one drive. But why would an unreliable external drive not boot? I
> would suppose it would boot sometimes and fail sometimes, but isn't that
> the same for the rest of the operation? Why would the first track with
> the boot sector be different from the rest?

Ah.  No, it would _always_ boot, but it suffered from write errors on the
drive.  In fact, if I had put just /boot on there, and everything else on
another drive it would probably have worked fine.

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