How to install Ubuntu 12.04, booted from external HDD

Dave Woyciesjes woyciesjes at
Fri Nov 30 22:57:38 UTC 2012

On 11/30/2012 05:51 PM, Colin Law wrote:
> On 30 November 2012 22:40, Dave Woyciesjes <woyciesjes at> wrote:
>> On 11/30/2012 05:17 PM, Colin Law wrote:
>>> On 30 November 2012 22:00, Dave Woyciesjes <woyciesjes at>
>>> wrote:
>>>> On 11/30/2012 04:43 PM, Dave Woyciesjes wrote:
>>>>>        I've got Ubuntu 12.04 installed on an external HDD. I have iso
>>>>> images of the installer disc on there as well.
>>>>>        What I'm trying ( and not finding) is how to get it setup so I can
>>>>> boot a computer from the external HDD, then run the installer so I can
>>>>> install Ubuntu onto the internall HDD of the computer....
>>> Can't you just put the installer image on a usb stick?  Much easier.
>>> Colin
>>          I would, If I had one larger than 1GB. :) And I'd rather learn
>> something too... Plus, another benefit of using this 60GB drive, is the
>> space for backing up before reinstalling.
> Is it a usb external drive?  If so you may be able to put the image on
> in the same way as one does to create a bootable usb stick.  I don't
> know though.  I would then make a separate partition for your backups
> rather than extending the one on the installation disc I think.
> 4GB sticks don't cost much by the way, and are better for installing
> from than DVD as they are much faster.  A real disc will be even
> quicker of course.
> Colin

	Yep, 60GB external USB 2.5" HDD. I've got an external CD drive, but 
it's a pain to lug around. Hence my wanting to be able to use the HDD. 
I've already got Ubuntu up & running on the USB HDD. And have Ubuntu iso 
files on it as well...

	I tried the Startup Disc Creator, but that won't use the HDD as a 

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