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So i went to unbuntu and follwed their instructions on making a usb flash drive except i used an externalhard drive and when i restart my computer and change my boot to usb the screen just goes black and doesnt doing anything. what am i doing wrong? I have a toshiba netbook and a seagate 500gb external harddrive.

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  • Goineasy9Goineasy9 Posts: 1,116
    First, a usb flash drive is not an external usb hard disk. The setup required is different. The instructions on this link are old, but, step 5 is the important part. I have not installed Ubuntu on an external drive, so, I can't verify whether it works or not, but, it looks like the method is the proper one.
    http://www.pendrivelinux.com/installing-ubuntu-to-a-usb-hard-drive/

    Just remember that Ubuntu uses Grub2 now, but, that should not matter if your not installing grub to the mbr.
  • what is grub2
    i have no experience with linux im just interested in trying it out
  • mfillpotmfillpot Posts: 2,180
    grub2 is a newer bootloader than can be difficult for new users to configure.
  • It says that i need to disconnect my internal hard drive how do i do that?
    It says to burn to a cd but i have a netbook and it doesnt have a disk drive.
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