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Is it possible to boot off Linux from an External HDD like a portable Western Digital drive or a Seagate drive?
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Doesn't unetbootin allow you to select drives just for this purpose?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by mushroomboy View Post

Doesn't unetbootin allow you to select drives just for this purpose?

Not exactly sure what that it is... I shall google it! biggrin.gif

OK! So I googled it and it didn't really say anything to answer my question. Useful tool though! thumb.gif
Edited by ragtag7 - 5/1/12 at 6:21pm
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Don't you run into the problem of system/hardware specific problems if you install things like video drivers then? I mean isn't persistence a problem with this then?
     
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yes you can run Linux off of an external hard drive or a usb drive.
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this^^^^ i run backtrack and centOS from USB thumb drives created with unetbootin.. a usb external drive should work just as good smile.gif
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Quote:
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this^^^^ i run backtrack and centOS from USB thumb drives created with unetbootin.. a usb external drive should work just as good smile.gif

SWEEET!!!! I'm going to download the popular ones all into my 500GB haha! Thanks guys!
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