Suse booting on external Hard drive problems

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Dell 1520
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I have a Dell 1520 w/ Vista home basic, also an external hard drive. I am trying to use the external HD to boot my Linux on. I installed Suse the first time, and it set up shop on the external, but put the boot section in my MBR on the internal HD on the laptop. Now, not a big deal, I reinstall Suse to the external and point it to create the MBR on that HD, and then just fix the MBR on the laptop, Horay!! I thought. The laptop will boot into vista now but I attach the external HD and it will not even think about booting into Suse, (yes I have the BIOS set to boot from USB and yes I have done it from USB before with another device on this laptop). I am at a loss now and I am not sure what to do at this point. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance. Securityn00b

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Well, without any information what is happening when you try to boot from the external disk, it is hard to discuss any possible reasons…

May be instead of installing bootloader on the external disk MBR you installed it on the boot sector of the partition? Or may be Dell wants to boot from an “active partion” and you didn’t set the SuSe partition as active (may be this is a longshot, but sometimes Dell is quite particular…)? If you can boot the laptop from some linux “live cd” and inspect your usb-hd with fdisk, you can get some useful information for fixing the problem.

Good luck,

Petko

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First, I would not really advise you to boot your Linux or any type of operating system from your external hard disk drive. This is because it might be the reason for hard disk drive problems in the future. External or portable hard disk drives are manufactured and designed just to store your files as backup files.

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