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    Smile Another question about installing ubuntu on external Hard Drive...

    I know, there are a lot of these questions out there, but I have a question. When installing Ubuntu 9.04 to my external Hard drive, do I need to install Grub on the internal HD or can I simply install grub only on the external HD. I am having problems. I installed Ubuntu on my external HD and it went well but when I try to boot up, the initramfs comes up and gives me an error saying that: root=uuid= (a bunch of numbers) cannot be found. I've tried setting the root = /dev/sdb5 (the last partition on the external HD) but to no avail.

    What I simply want to do is the following:

    1) Install Ubuntu 9.04 x86_64 on my external HD
    2) Leave everything untouched on my internal HD
    3) Be a Happy Ubuntu User...

    Thanks in advance !

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    Re: Another question about installing ubuntu on external Hard Drive...

    If you are installing on to an external drive I would recommend that you disconnect your internal ones first. It helps with avoiding confusion with the bootloader, I have seen many times that grub installs its self on to the internal drives which causes an error when booting without the external drive plugged in.
    Dell Vostro 1500: Intel T7250, 4GB RAM (800MHz), nVidia 8600M GT, Intel 3945AGB Pro Wireless.
    Ubuntu 10.04 + Windows 7 dual boot (damn games!)

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    Re: Another question about installing ubuntu on external Hard Drive...

    Yeah well I did disconnect my internal HDD!!
    Sooner or later.. we must start.. LIVING

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