Yes this is very easy to do. Ubuntu makes it
stoopid easy. I have done this serveral times.
Plug in your ext usb hard drive.
Go into your bios. This can usually be done
by pushing 1 particular key depending on how the mfg of the motherboard has set
it up ( I press my delete key every second when I power
on my system then the bios screen shows).
Once in your bios check to see if your ext hard
drive is detected. Don't be afraid to look at and explore options, pack a
lunch and stay a while. Take the scenic route. You just might find
all kinds of useful stuff in there.
Find the option to change the boot
priority. There you will make the cd rom (dvd rom) the first one and
your ext hard drive the second one. Don't be afraid of these
changes. Usually if a device doesn't boot then it goes to the next device
till the pc boots.
Put in a live cd of ubuntu. Restart your
Ubuntu will load and if sucessful you will see a
desktop. Clicking on the desktop icon called install will guide you the
rest of the way. It will even give you a boot loader in which you can not
only load different OS from the same hard drive but from different hard
Forgive me if these directions are drawn out but I
really don't know what you know. Based on both of your email I figured I
would try to make it as if you didn't know anything about computers at
all. There still is a lot of variables that might hang you up so please
don't be intimitaded to ask the group. Some Linux snobs won't waste their
time with you but most will understand that not everybody is a computer nerd
that sits in front of a screen for hours on end and tweak out on the most
insignificant things that you can imagine. If you need more help email me
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, February 10, 2010 12:13
Subject: [vox-tech] LINUX installation
question windows Vista
To Whom it May Concern,
I have a computer with windows Vista and am having problems creating a
partition due to pagefiles. I was wondering if it is possible to just
install/run linux from an external hard drive where I can easily have
partitions of 250 GB as opposed to 7 GB, which is the maximum partition I can
get on my C drive.