OpenSUSE Install :: 11.3 - Possible To Boot From External HDD

Jul 31, 2010

I have a laptop that came with no OS. It has no internal HDD, so I formatted a 320gb external HDD and installed openSUSE 11.3 from another computer onto the external hdd. I can't seem to boot from the external hdd on the laptop though. I have it set as the primary boot source in BIOS. Is it possible to boot from external hdd or am I missing a step?

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Jan 4, 2010

does anyone know that if i can boot from an external hard drive with "openSUSE" installed on it?

how about FireWire, will it work?

i'm trying to set up a triple boot for me newly bought iMac.

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Jul 18, 2011

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Nov 20, 2009

This sounds strange, but my laptop (running 11.2) won't boot correctly unless my external HDD (ext3) is on and plugged in. If I don't turn it on, it hangs at the start of udev. If I press ctrl+c, the system continues to boot, but the keyboard and mouse don't activate... don't function, etc. But I can press my power button and it does shut down. Going through dmesg (during a successful boot with the external HDD on), I saw this (not sure if it is relevant):

[2.201029] scsi 2:0:0:0: Direct-Access Ext Hard Disk PQ: 0 ANSI: 4
[2.201450] usb-storage: device scan complete
[2.206637] sd 2:0:0:0: [sdb] Spinning up disk......
[6.062434] udev: starting version 146
[6.225262] .
The device sdb1 is the HDD.

Now, I don't know much about udev. I can tell you that I have no sdb1 lines in /etc/fstab, and I have no autofs references to it.

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Dec 3, 2009

A while back when 11.0 was recent i upgraded my computer to an hp pavilion desktop which only had SATA which wasn't compatible with my 500gb IDE hard disk. I then decided to buy a compatible hd (500 gb as well) and use an external hard drive case to put my old one into(which plugs into the USB ports) i currently have the external 500 gb partitioned with a linux native mounted at /home, and my other with NTFS and linux native mounted at /

Prior to updating to 11.2:I could power on my external hd(Thermaltake A2396) after grub and it would boot up no problem. if i turned it on too late or before grub was done it wouldn't load and i would have to log in as root in repair mode, turn the hd off then back on, wait for a couple of lines to pass(I assume the drive being detected) then mount /home, and init 5This didnt really bother me for the previous versions of suse much because i just had to remember to turn on the drive After updating to 11.2:the only way to boot is to wait, do the power on/off, mount /home, and init 5this gets to be quite annoying after a while and i was wondering if anyone knew a way to get it to mount itself while its booting. let me know if you'd like me to post any more info

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Oct 8, 2010

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Aug 23, 2010

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OpenSuse 11.3
KDE environment
DELL Latitude e6510 with 8G of RAM
Graphic card is DDR3 NVIDIA� NVS 3100M 512 Mo

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Mar 12, 2011

I cannot boot windows after I installed Debian to my external hd.When I turn on my PC, GRUB prompts me to boot either Debian or Windows. It says that windows is in the right place (sda0) but if I go to boot it, I get a message that says: "Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem.Could not read from the selected boot disk. Check boot path and disk hardware.Please check the Windows documentation about hardware disk configuration and your hardware reference manuals for additional information."

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Mar 20, 2011

I am actually working again on a problem i had already on opensus 11.3 (never resolved), and now also after the upgrade to 11.4 .

I do have an external HDD (Samsung STORY Station) usually connected to the linux server. I also have udev rules setup to automount the device on /media/xxx by label.

I used to have my own rules, now have some more coplete from the internet.

When I now reboot the server, the "sd*" device for story station is not created, and obviously not mounted.

If however I do switch of th estory station after reboot, and turn power on again, the device is configured and properly automounted as by udev rules.

Also during the boot the device is seen as from boot.msg:

<6>[ 1.444939] usb 2-2: New USB device found, idVendor=04e8, idProduct=5f06
<6>[ 1.448686] usb 2-2: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=11, SerialNum
<6>[ 1.452462] usb 2-2: Product: Samsung STORY Station
<6>[ 1.456217] usb 2-2: Manufacturer: JMicron

P.S.: I used th esearch function and google, but did find many similar articles but nothing matching my scenario. So I hope I did not miss something obvious.

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May 13, 2010

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I've pretty much installed Ubuntu Linux9.10, 10.04 and Debian 5 on external hard drives before, however, I just want to avoid certain pitfalls that may occur with openSUSE11.3. Has anyone successfully done this before? And, is it similar like Debian and Ubuntu installs in that you have to install the OS using an advanced option and specifying /dev/sdb, etc? Right now, I have Ubuntu installed on an external harddrive along with Debian as well and wanted to do the same for openSUSE11.3 and was wondering if all Unix derivatives share similar installation processes. I would just like to keep things as I have it currently where the system does not boot with Grub, and instead I have to go to the bios and specify which physical drive to boot from in order to change the boot order.

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With Fedora 11, this fails. It gets as far as "finding storage devices" and fails, telling me that an unhandled exception has occured. It offers to save the details, but freezes looking for a suitable location. I have no such problems with the same DVD/external rw drive on systems that can boot directly from usb.

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Apr 25, 2010

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Sep 9, 2010

I have read other posts regarding the installations of different distros on external hard disk, but these did not help..

I want to install fedora 12 on a new external hard disk, so that i can boot from it on any system that supports booting from usb hard disk, and do all my work from the extenal hard disk itself. I want to know the exact procedure to install fedora on extenal hdd, and what do i need to do, so that the grub, (which i will install on the /boot partition of external hdd), get detected by the primary boot loader of mbr..

Or, I just need to boot from external hard disk.. please any one try to make it possible.

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Feb 6, 2010

I tried to install Ubuntu on an external drive, but it doesn't boot, but it installed GRUB on my main HD, and now I can't even boot Windows. I only get a "grub rescue" prompt. I need to remove GRUB. How to do it?

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Jul 11, 2010

I installed Ubuntu on external USB hard drive and while booting I did got option to log into windows XP, Ubuntu. Both operating systems ran fine. i.e. GRUB had overwritten MBR and I was able to dual boot. Main issue: I have installed Ubuntu in external hard-drive so that I can use Linux whenever I want other people who are using same computer can operate on WindowsXP. Sometimes my external hard drive gives problem if there is loose connection and so that oper people using computer do not face any problem I want to disconnect external USB HD whenever I am not using Linux. GRUB menu was pointing to external hardrive so disconnecting it meant my system wont boot!!I rewrote MBR using WindowsXP CD recovery mode. Now I am unable to boot from external USB hard disk( I thought I would be able to if I choose USB hard drive in BIOS option but it did not work it logged into WindowsXP by default).Is there any way I can change WindowsXP boot.ini file so that it also shows Ubuntu in external hard disk? Or is there any way.(I do not want GRUB way as then I would have to keep my external drive connected to log into windows - which I do not want).

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Aug 17, 2010

My old GoBook IX250 won't provide option of booting from any external sources (hdd, flash drive, etc.), but I would think there should be some editing done to end of the boot fs on internal hard drive which would instruct the boot loader to allow choice of OS on external hard drive for booting -- have no idea just what should write there to obtain this result;

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OpenSUSE Install :: External HD Not Seen And Internal HDD On /dev/sda2

May 9, 2010

Since a few days i can no longer use my external hard drive (USB). During my quest i noticed the following things: Running openSUSE 11.2 / KDE 4.4.3 / single boot My internal HD is on /dev/sda2 (mounted /) partition manager (YaST) or gparted don't start up (they just hang during start-up) I had to change permissions suddenly to read a CD (i was not in de cdrom group, but i have been using CDs for a while)

> df
Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda2 113306052 84757232 22793136 79% /
udev 2052352 4140 2048212 1% /dev


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OpenSUSE Install :: GRUB Error 17 On External HDD

Apr 9, 2011

I recently decided to try out openSUSE 11.4 with gnome and install it on my external USB HDD. To do so i followed this guide here SDB:Installation on external hard drive - openSUSE

Unfortunately after finishing the install when trying to boot into the system i got GRUB error 17. The only thing i did differently from the guide was placing the /boot partition after a ~800 GB NTFS partition with my data.

I tried to solve the problem by reinstalling the system with different settings than before. After completing all of the steps in the guide mentioned i disabled booting from MBR and enabled booting from /boot partition. Also set the installer to write generic boot code to MBR.

Though after the installation i realized that grub is not loading at all this time and went on to fix it by completing the steps here SDB:All about GRUB - openSUSE . After doing so i'm back to GRUB error 17.

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Dec 15, 2009

I have a Westel 1 TB external hard drive and when attempting to partition it, the partitioner never finishes refreshing the device. I've tried gparted live, opensuse, & ubuntu; and none of them finish refreshing the device.

Another issue is, I have 200 gig of music & movies that can't be wiped out because I got no room elsewhere to move them to. I would like to set a partition of 750 gig for the ext 3 and leave the rest for ntfs.

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Jan 6, 2010

I have a large external drive, which I connect to my laptop via a PCMCIA card - the machine is old and does not have USB 2.0 built in, so I use the PCMCIA card for that.

I am thinking of the following setup, and hope you can give me some tips on whether or not that would be a sound solution:

- designate a boot partition on the laptop's internal hard drive, which could store kernels

- make up a linux partition (or more than one) to use as root for any distribution on the external drive

- keep /home as separate partition on the external drive

My goal in mind is to be able to boot more than one Linux partition from the external drive. I can't make it through USB boot because the PCMCIA card is not recognized before a kernel module is loaded, and I can't use the internal USB 1.1 port for the external drive.

Do you think this is the way to go? Currently, I only have my /home partition mounted off the external drive.

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Nov 2, 2010

Whenever I try to write to /opt, /usr/src, or /usr/local, I get "permission denied."

How do I fix this? The portion of the fstab for the filesystems in question is:

/dev/sda9 /opt ext4 user,noauto,noacl 0 0
/dev/sda6 /usr/local ext4 user,noauto,noacl 0 0
/dev/sda10 /usr/src ext4 user,noauto,noacl,exec 0 0
/dev/sdf1 /mnt/hd2 ext4 user,noauto,noacl 0 0


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Nov 21, 2010

Hey guys by mistake I've deleted my root partition, now I'm trying to recover my data which is located in /home/user I was able to mount my home partition to /home by executing mount /dev/sdf10 /home and I was able to mount my external by executing mount /dev/sda1 /media The problem is I can not copy anything to it, it says "operation not permitted" I've tried the following

mount -o rw /dev/sda1 /media
mount -o remount,rw /dev/sda1 /media

I've even tried -t with vfat, ntfs, fat32

and also
chmod 777 /media

I get no errors while trying this but as soon as I try to copy or touch a file in the directory it denies me.

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Jun 12, 2011

What I've done is partition my external hard drive to have 130g for my Windows info. Then putting the 90g towards Linux. I used a live cd on my home computer to format the 90g of Linux. I'm simply wanting something to learn more about from time to time that I can use on my home computer, laptop, fiance's computer, etc. So the formatting went successful. I have linux on the 90g of hard drive that I wanted it on. The problem is this. When I take the live cd out, when I remove my external hard drive from my computer. The home computer (which has Windows) won't boot. It comes up with a error 21. But now when I boot with the external hard drive I use, I make it to the boot menu and can boot from Windows.I need to be able to boot from Windows on this home computer, since my mother and grandparents use this computer quite a bit. I'm not always going to have my ext. hard drive plugged into this computer, so I need some help if you all know now.

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Nov 14, 2009

i have an external harddrive which i encrypted scince opensuse 10.2 with luks. Now i installed opensuse 11.2 its impossible to me to mount this drive correctly.

the harddrive was recocnized in my former opensuse 11.0 correctly as luks encrypted and during installation yast installed the kernel module and encrypted the harddrive so that i regulay could mount it on boot by giving the password for that harddrive. Scince opensuse 11.2 however yast thinks this is an dmcrypted partitoon and tries to unlock the harddrive using dmcrypt which of course fails.

does somebody know how i can encrypt and mount the externeal drive automaticly?

i have made a backup of /etc before i made a new installation of opensuse 11.2. is the possible to use the old fstab entries for that after installing luks?

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Jul 26, 2010

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Tried to configure via:
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