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Thread: Bootable drive - help!

  1. #11
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    Mar 2014

    Re: Bootable drive - help!

    Ah - I see exactly what you mean. It sounds like this would actually be better done with a smaller, perhaps 128GB hard drive. I had one but god only knows where it's gone. I've got a handful of pendrives, so I'll work with those some too. I have a 6 hour road trip ahead of me so I'll be working on this on the road (No LOL, I'm not driving).

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Nov 2011

    Re: Bootable drive - help!

    No, the autopilots aren't good enough for that yet

  3. #13
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
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    Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus

    Re: Bootable drive - help!

    Some links with details on external or second drive installs.

    Install to external drive. Also any second drive.
    And you want this screen to choose where to install the grub2 boot loader which is only available with Something Else or manual install
    Installer version has not changed much so still a good guide except I do not recommend the separate /boot for most systems. Older systems may need it. And some with very large / (root) partitions. BIOS/MBR not for UEFI

    Windows has confused the world with its definition of drive which is no definition at all. You can have two partitions on one physical drive as c: & d: which in Linux is sda1 & sda2. Or you can have two physical drives with c: & d: which in Linux is sda1 & sdb1. Drives are sda, sdb, sdc etc. Partitions are the numbers after the drive letter or sda1, sda2 etc.

    Typical Windows 7 installs use all 4 primary partitions on a drive. You have a 100MB (hidden) boot partition, main or c: drive, vendor utility or misc just to use a partition and the vendor recovery which is the image of the install.

    MBR or gpt partitions:
    Basics of partitions:

    New Windows 8 systems are UEFI boot based and require gpt partitions. Above is all for BIOS with MBR(msdos) partitions.

    How Windows works with BIOS/MBR, shows Vista but applies to all Windows with BIOS.
    Pictures here worth 1000+ words - Vista but all Windows with BIOS/MBR
    Last edited by oldfred; March 9th, 2014 at 07:38 PM.
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