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    Question Swapping an External USB HDD

    Alrighty, I've searched the forums,(and unless I'm blind) I haven't found an answer to the question I'm about to ask. Get ready to scratch your heads and get carpal tunnel.

    I'm about to install Ubuntu 10.04 with the alternate PPC + PS3 on my friends PS3 using my 1 terabyte Seagate FreeAgent External USB HDD as the drive I'm installing to.(If I can figure out how... my eyes are bleeding from reading through so many forums on THAT subject). I was wondering if I can take the same HDD that I installed Ubuntu for the PS3 too and use it on my desktop PC and boot up Ubuntu from there with-out having to install a different version of Ubuntu. And if it requires additional programs, what would they be?

    I'm not A+ certified, but I am self taught and dabble in residential tech support for day to day things like virus removal, data recovery and software and hardware installations. I'm not a noob behind a keyboard, but this is my first foray into the Linux OS's. Any type of help would be appreciated and welcomed.

    Thank you in advance

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    PPC vs x86

    Quote Originally Posted by 1nsomn1ak View Post
    I was wondering if I can take the same HDD that I installed Ubuntu for the PS3 too and use it on my desktop PC and boot up Ubuntu from there with-out having to install a different version of Ubuntu.

    No. It's a different architecture entirely unless your desktop is also PPC. You have to install a different version of Ubuntu if your desktop is x86.

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    Re: Swapping an External USB HDD

    Ah, oh well, if that's the case thanks for the quick response. Thankfully I have a 1 terabyte HDD, So formating an extra partition for the desktop Ubuntu wont be much of a bother lol

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    If you want a bit of background on the two architectures, there is a 5-part article at OS News on x86 Vs PPC . Whether MIPS or PPC, I'm rather anxious to leave the 1970's (x86) behind. Both are used in embedded systems but largely missing from desktops.

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    Re: Swapping an External USB HDD

    Well my issue right now with the 64 bit and the x86 is that I'm stuck using a friends old desktop for the time being and its a dinosaur... an old Dell with an Optiplex gx150 series . The BIOS doesn't even support booting from a USB device, I have to do a work-around by using a boot CD to boot from my USB HDD lol. So I don't even get to play around with the 64 bit OS's that I'm used to.

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