F8 installation in external usb disk (not USB key)

Miguel Blanco mblancom at gmail.com
Mon Dec 31 15:27:53 UTC 2007

Yes, you are rigth about the standard install and the BIOS drives remaps!

I tried configuring GRUB in the MBR of the external disk, and the procedure
described in the refered paper failed at the last point, ie. the kernel output
a lot of errors and failed to boot...

Thanks for your comments!


2007/12/31, Mikkel L. Ellertson <mikkel at infinity-ltd.com>:
> Miguel Blanco wrote:
> > Hello!
> >
> > Excuse me if this is a known FAQ, but I can't find any thing related
> > to external usb disk
> > (not USB key, ie. real 2.5" disk) but this
> > http://www.vigla.eclipse.co.uk/usb_install.pdf
> > paper wich refers to an old Fedora Core 3 version.
> >
> > I tried the process described above translating where applicable to F8
> > with no sucess.
> >
> > Do you know whow can I install F8 in an external disk ?
> >
> > Regards,
> > Miguel
> >
> You have to use the expert install. The standard install does not
> offer to let you use USB drives. The drive will be accessed as a
> SCSI drive. (Almost all drives in F8 are accessed as SCSI drives.)
> Depending on your system, it will probably be /dev/sdb.
> About the only complication is that you want to install Grub to the
> USB drive. If you are planning on using the BIOS boot from a USB
> device option, you will also have to modify the Grub device map so
> that the USB drive is the first BIOS drive. (The BIOS remaps the
> drives when you boot from the USB drive.) This is not necessary if
> you are chainloading from another Grub install.
> Mikkel
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