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greatwhitepoet
Help...
Can anyone tell me if I can dual boot Linux with windows XP.
I would like to run Linux SuSe pro on a USB external hard drive (160 GB)
Can it be done......how ?
hughesjr
Certainly, dual booting Windows and SUSE is possible ....

But, installing on an external USB drive might be a problem.

Do you have the Suse CDs or are you trying to do an FTP install?
greatwhitepoet
I have 5 Suse CDs. ( no manual )


Thanks
hughesjr
OK ... I would say to boot from the CD (with the external hard drive installed) and see if you can see the external hard drive (get to the point where you are picking partitions to install on ... as long as you don't actually pick the partitions and write, you can stop the install without casing any writing to take place on any drive).

If it is available, the external drive should probably be listed as sda.

If the drive shows up, It should be like any other install ... if not, you might have to load a driver from the original install screen.
michaelk
Is your PC motherboard BIOS capable of booting from a USB device?

If SuSE uses a initrd to load the kernel you will need to rebuild it to include the USB modules.
hughesjr
What michaelk said may need to be done (modify the initrd) .... and I was thinking that SmartBootManager might work as well.

Here are a couple articles:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Q...Q_20783779.html

http://archives.real-time.com/pipermail/tc...ber/054312.html

This article says it works by modifying initrd.....
http://www.simonf.com/usb/
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