In the past I've read forum posts where people suggested that you could -
#1 Start installing Ubuntu to a HDD on one PC
#2 Shut down the PC and remove the drive at the point where the installer wants to restart the PC
#3 Take that drive to another PC, plug it in and start it up
This was suggested as a way to get around a PC with a broken optical drive, no USB boot option, etc. Does it work?
I have an HP nc6000 notebook. These old corporate notebooks came with a Multi-Bay docking mechanism. You can remove the optical drive caddy and pop a HDD caddy in. I have a SATA HDD caddy, and would like to boot from the caddy instead of the primary PATA HDD.
But if I pull the optical drive caddy out and plug in the SATA HDD caddy, I have no optical drive. BIOS doesn't show any USB boot option. So I'm kinda stuck unless I can do something like described above.