Can NeoGrub find linux on a USB HD?

#1
Hi I just installed Ubuntu to a USB HD, but when I use the NeoGrub to find it at boot time - no luck. The system only appears to see my primary drive. Anyone had any luck here? Thanks Kev
 

Mak 2.0

Mod...WAFFLES!?!?
Staff member
#2
As of right now. No. NeoGRUB is not configured to boot Linux from a External HDD. You will have to wait for Mahmoud to see this. He might have a fix for you.

Cheers,
Mak
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
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#3
NeoGrub can load Linux from an external drive, sometimes - it depends on how your BIOS is configured/built.
 
#4
my bios is "supposed" to recognize usb drives during the boot process (but I have never had any luck with it) I have an HP Pavilion dv2000t notebook. I even removed the internal SATA drive, and tried to boot with just the external USB drive connected, but bios tells me there is no operating system present. I also did adjust the boot device order and put all the usb devices first. I finally did give up, and cleared out a little space on my main drive for the linux install, and EasyBCD adjusted the boot manager just fine to find it there. But alas, I was hoping to use the external drive as I have more space there! Thanks.
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
#5
You're welcome, no problem.

Another option is to install Linux to the desktop, but point the /home folder to the external drive - that way all your documents, files, settings, downloads, etc. will be stored on the external drive.