I have a problem booting Ubuntu from an external hard drive.
Let me explain the situation and how I installed Ubuntu:
I have an Acer laptop with 2 internal hard drives of 160gb.
On the 1st I have 4 OS installed:
1. Windows Vista 64bit(unfortunately need it still for some applications...)
2. Ubuntu 8.10 64bit (main Linux distro)
3 & 4 also Linux distro's, just for messing around.
I made a dedicated GRUB partition from where i can boot to one of those OS.
The 2nd hard drive is just used as data-storage space.
I bought a WD USB drive of 500gb and wanted to install Ubuntu with the intention to be able to boot this installation on any PC (if BIOS supports usb boot ofcourse).
As I understood from some research this should be possible using recovery mode.
I created a ext3 partition (15gb) for the installation of Ubuntu and added a swap partition (2gb). The rest is filled with a FAT32 partition.
Booted from Ubuntu 8.10 32bit live cd with following boot order in BIOS:
2. USB -> name of external drive, BIOS recognized!
3. USB FDD
4. Internal hard drive
Started installation and installed bootloader on the external hard drive as I want to boot from it (and also don't want to mess with my MBR on internal drive).
But as already mentioned in the beginning of this post, the external drive does not boot. No message or anything...
Boot order in Bios with external drive at 1st place, and Bios recognizes hard drive...
Note: Installing Ubuntu on usb flash drive does work!
Anybody any idea?
Am I trying to do something impossible, or am I doin something wrong?