Hardware :: Installing Live CDs On Removable Hard Drives?
Jul 30, 2010
When you run a Linux live CD it automatically detects your hardware configuration, or at least tries to. Say you got a live CD and it works perfect on one computer, detects all the hardware. If you install the operating system from the live CD to a hard drive, does it only install the drivers you need for your hardware?
If so, say you were to hypothetically do that on a removable hard drive that you lock and unlock with the hardware keys; would that mean if you want to move the drive from one computer to another regularly, the OS would not be configured properly on a different hardware configuration, and wouldn't be able to configure itself properly because it is now on a hard drive? I know that Linux does try to detect new hardware each time it boots, but I guess the short version of the question is: Does installing a distribution on a live CD to a hard drive mean you will not have all the drivers available on the CD?
This is not something I am sure I will ever plan to do, but it would be no different than if you wanted to swap your drive into a new computer. If it could at least still connect to the Internet it might try to reconfigure itself. If installing the live CD means you get absolutely all the contents on the CD, that would answer my question. Maybe someone might know exactly how that would work.
I have been battering with FC10 and software RAID for a while now, and hopefully I will have a full working system soon. Basically, I tried using the F10 live CD to setup Software RAID 1 between 1 hard drives for redundancy (I know its not hardware raid but budget is tight) with the following table;
I set these up by using the RAID button on the partition section of the install except swap, which I set-up using the New partition button, created 1 swap partition on each hard drive that didn't take part in RAID. Almost every time I tried to do this install, it halted due to an error with one of the raid partitions and exited the installer. I actually managed it once, in about...ooo 10-15 times of trying but I broke it. After getting very frustrated I decided to build it using just 3 partitions
I left the rest un-touched. This worked fine after completing the install and setting up grub, reboot in to the install. I then installed gparted and cut the drive up further to finish my table on both hard drives. I then used mdadm --create...etc to create my RAID partitions. So I now have
I have been trying to install Ubuntu on my new computer as a duel boot with Windows 7. My computer has four 1TB hard drives, One with Windows 7 installed, two that are used for storing media (both are independent, not in a RAID or anything like that) and one empty hard drive. This hard drive contains a 901.51 GB NTFS partition, and 30.00 GB of Unallocated space, I wish to install Ubuntu in this unallocated space; giving it 20 GB (the 10 GB left over might be used for installing XBMC Live). But when I boot Ubuntu's Live CD the installer doesn't show me the unallocated space, and doesn't really show me any of the extra Hard drives.
I recently installed Fedora 11 x86_64 (dual boot with XP) and am having difficulty finding two of my three hard drives to mount them. This is my setup: 80 GB Hard drive (boot drive) with two partitions, one for XP (NTFS) and one for F11 (ext4). 2x250 GB Hard drives, one is formatted with NTFS, the other one has yet to be formatted (my plan is to use ext4).
All of my drives are SATA, on the same nVidia controller. After the install, I can see only the 80 GB hard drive (both partitions). What do I need to do to find the other two drives? During the install, it called the partitions /dev/sda0, sda1, sda2 and sda3, but I no longer see these drives. If I knew where the drives were I could mount them, but my systems just isn't seeing the drives.
This is the output of df:
Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on /dev/mapper/vg_user-lv_root
I have one machine with two disks that I'd like to install Slackware on. I'd like to have the root folder and installed folders on hdb, and just have have hda as a disk I can use for storage (without any home directories, etc.). My problem is, I don't know how to make this boot, as I think LILO is installed on the primary drive, but the boot folder is located on hdb. I tried doing this before and was having problems booting, so I was just going to go through the whole process again, but don't really know the correct procedures.
I'm not a stranger to Ubuntu Linux and I was using it for a couple of months with no problems until last week when I turned my computer on and it would go no further than the boot screen and it said 'Error- Insert System Disk'. So I inserted the system disk (Ubuntu Linux 10.something) and after waiting 10 minutes for it to load up it said 'Installation failed, desktop session will now be run and you can try installing again'. So I tried installing whilst on a desktop session and I eventually got to step 4 of 8 and it lets me go no further. This is what step 4 of 8 is:http://oi54.tinypic.com/mx2g79.jpg
And so I cant choose any disks or partitions and so it wont let me go any further. How do I create one? I'm currently running on desktop sessions and they take forever to load up and I cant watch videos or anything because there is no flash. By the way please try and explain to me really simply because I am quite dopey and I wont be able to understand posh complicated computer words.
My smallest disc has the Vista loader and nothing else but I cannot select it for Dual Booting in the Ubuntu installation set up only for use as an entire disc which would delete the Vista Loader.
This is what I have:- 1st disc - no operating system much data 2nd Disc - empty except for Windows loader 3rd Disc - no operating system much stuff.
My original plan was to give Ubuntu all of the smaller second disc and I deleted everything ready to give it the entire hard disc. It was only when I went to install Ubuntu it I found the Vista loader lurking on disc 2 and the only option the install Ubuntu set up gave me for disc 2 was to use the entire disc (wiping out Vista loader) otherwise I could have installed Ubunbtu on another disc - which it reported as having no operating system.
If I put Ubuntu on disc 1 would I have a dual boot arrangement given that the installer saw no operating system on that disc ? Is there any (simple) way I can install Ubuntu on disc 2 and not loose the Vista loader? I am installing this version of Ubuntu as it was on the DVD that came with book "Beginning Ubntu Linux" It took me long time to Psych myself up to install it and when I did . . .
Months ago one of my computers died. I have bought a brand new one laptop, but I have a problem at the moment I wanted to install Ubuntu in dual boot with Windows 7: the new partition that windows 7 reserves for securing system files.
There are three partitions: Windows 7 principal, Windows 7 for securing system files (at the drive's beginning) and the recovery partition that HP puts there. Then I only have option to resize the Windows principal partition and get another principal partition. My question is if you know how to deal with this?
The other option you can help me is to advise me about some external hard drives to install ubuntu in them and don't touch the internal disk of my laptop.
I have a 2 TB hard drive in an external USB caddy that I use for backups. The drive gets automatically mounted when connected to F13, which is great, and the default mount options it uses are:Code:rw,nosuid,nodev,uhelper=udisksHowever, I want to add an extra option or two but I don't know where I can do this. Does anyone know where I can add mount options onto the default set?
I'm running a fresh 64-bit install of Ubuntu 10.04. I no longer have a System->Preferences->Removable Drives and Media option in my menus, and need to re-configure it (I had set it to "Do Nothing" and "Always do this action" sometime in the past, but now I want to change it)I have right-clicked my menu, went to edit, and made sure it wasn't un-checked)Has the "Removable Drives and Media" option been moved somewhere else in 10.04?
so that short description doesn't cut the mustard. Let me start by describing what I had working in RHEL4, so you know the requirements. There is a group here at my job that does a lot of data transfer to external USB drives. I leveraged fstab-sync (which we normally turn off at my work) and created a FDI policy file to search on the drives' HAL descriptors, set the mount options, and define the mount point by name (each drive is uniquely named).
The result of all this is that when the user plugged in a drive, it mounted in /media automatically, on a unique path, and with permissions so that every user could read/write to it. SO now we're upgrading to RHEL5, and fstab-sync doesn't exist any more. Instead there's gnome-mount (did I mention we use Gnome?) and I can't figure out how to get the same functionality working.
I've just partitioned my hard drive with GParted so that I have space to install and run Windows OS based programmes such as Monkey Island (wine simply won't work) and other PC games. I have the Windows XP SP2 Installation CD but my OS (Intrepid Ibex) won't allow me to autorun the CD and proceed to installation.
Now having hunted around the net little, it seems the answer is System->Preferences->Removable Drives and Media. Problem is, I don't have a Removable Drives and Media option on this menu. Is there a workaround for this? E.g., is there a way of using the Terminal to enable autorun, or is there another way I can do this?As I'm pretty new to this thing, feel free to use short words and detailed explanations.
Through some recent update, which one I am not sure, my system no longer responds to removable media such as flash drives and insertions of DVD/CD disks. Whereas before, for instance, if I inserted a USB flash drive, the "Device Notifier" would pop up, tell me that a new device had been detected, and ask me what I wanted to do with it, now nothing. "My Computer" (sysinfo:/)does not update either. The kernel knows the device is there, since I can see it when I do "lsusb". OpenSuSE x86_64 11.2.
I am building a home server that will host a multitude of files; from mp3s to ebooks to FEA software and files. I don't know if RAID is the right thing for me. This server will have all the files that I have accumulated over the years and if the drive fails than I will be S.O.L. I have seen discussions where someone has RAID 1 setup but they don't have their drives internally (to the case), they bought 2 separate external hard drives with eSata to minimize an electrical failure to the drives. (I guess this is a good idea)I have also read about having one drive then using a second to rsync data every week. I planned on purchasing 2 enterprise hard drives of 500 MB to 1 GB but I don't have any experience with how I should handle my data
I have a samsung removable hard drive, which have 3 fat32 partitions on it. When I plug into the usb. nothing happened and i just see a sdc was added in /dev/...so, there's nothing wrong with the drive, because i can use it on windows and ubuntu.
ok I am using Debian 4 bigmem and I set up static ip for my box. This is for a class and we will be moving the hard drives around the lab to different computers. My question is what do I configure to get Debian to be ok with my using different nics at different times.
My first time I used it, I had eth0, but now I'm on a different computer (same type of hardware on all systems) but my nic is now eth1... And I had to set up static again for that nic. How can I have it just maintain a static ip for whatever nic/mac address on the computer that my hard drive happens to be put on?
I am using Debian 4 bigmem and I set up static ip for my box. This is for a class and we will be moving the hard drives around the lab to different computers. My question is what do I configure to get Debian to be ok with my using different nics at different times. My first time I used it, I had eth0, but now I'm on a different computer (same type of hardware on all systems) but my nic is now eth1... And I had to set up static again for that nic. How can I have it just maintain a static ip for whatever nic/mac address on the computer that my hard drive happens to be put on?
I have Fedora 14 installed on my main internal drive. I have one Fedora 14 and one Fedora 15 installed on two separate USB drives.When I boot into any of these drives, I can't access any of the other hard drives from the other drivesll I can, but just the boot partitions.Is there any way of mounting the other partitions so I can access the information?---------- Post added at 12:42 PM ---------- Previous post was at 09:34 AM ----------I guess even an explanation on why I can't view them would be good too.
I have a SATA drive that worked fine. Then I installed two more hard drives into my system. When these hard drives are installed, if I try to access the SATA drive in Linux, it will start lightly clicking and then the drive will become unavailable. If I power on the machine without the other two hard drives then it works fine. What could be causing this to happen? I don't think it's heat because the two hard drives are far away from the SATA drive.
Trying to boot Ubuntu live CD 10.04 and getting some problems. I will get to the section where I have to pick a language and then choose the option to run from the CD. It will start to load and then it will hang up at "[sdb] attached scsi removable disk". I unplugged all of my external HD's. I burned the 32 bit version because it was recommended on the site.
Asus Pentium Dual core CPU E5400 @ 2.70 GHz 5 Gigs of RAM Current clock speed 2700MHz Running Windows 7
I am developing a Fedora live CD and I would like to have the ability to write to a USB flash drive when it is attached at boot time. It's rather odd -- if I attach the drive after boot, I can write to it. But if it's attached at boot time, I can't. Has anyone else had this problem? I want to be able to read and write USB drives whether attached dynamically or from the time the computer is powered up.
I have a Centos 5.5 system with 2* 250 gig sata physical drives, sda and sdb. Each drive has a linux raid boot partition and a Linux raid LVM partition. Both pairs of partitions are set up with raid 1 mirroring. I want to add more data capacity - and I propose to add a second pair of physical drives - this time 1.5 terabyte drives presumably sdc and sdd. I assume I can just plug in the new hardware - reboot the system and set up the new partitions, raid arrays and LVMs on the live system. My first question:
1) Is there any danger - that adding these drives to arbitrary sata ports on the motherboard will cause the re-enumeration of the "sdx" series in such a way that the system will get confused about where to find the existing raid components and/or the boot or root file-systems? If anyone can point me to a tutorial on how the enumeration of the "sdx" sequence works and how the system finds the raid arrays and root file-system at boot time
2) I intend to use the majority of the new raid array as an LVM "Data Volume" to isolate "data" from "system" files for backup and maintenance purposes. Is there any merit in creating "alternate" boot partitions and "alternate" root file-systems on the new drives so that the system can be backed up there periodically? The intent here is to boot from the newer partition in the event of a corruption or other failure of the current boot or root file-system. If this is a good idea - how would the system know where to find the root file-system if the original one gets corrupted. i.e. At boot time - how does the system know what root file-system to use and where to find it?
3) If I create new LVM /raid partitions on the new drives - should the new LVM be part of the same "volgroup" - or would it be better to make it a separate "volgroup"? What are the issues to consider in making that decision?
I tried installing Red Hat linux on my Sata hard disk . As soon as the hardware detection phase starts it generates the error "No hardware detected".roblem? (I have also tested RHLE 5, CentOS 5.4, but none of them detect the hard disk and I can not install anyone).I have installed Windows 7 on one of my disks and I have not any problem with it.I also changed storage configuration in Bios as AHCI, IDE,
My Hardware config is as below: Mainboard: ASUS P6X58D premium, CPU: core i7 950, HDD: two 1 TB WD SATA3 Ram: 6 GB (3*2 GB cruciall[/U][/U][/B]
I recently purchased 3 new WD cavier green 500gb drives with the intent of building a raid5 array and running linux. Admittedly I purchased without doing enough research and now I have serious doubts about running an os on raid5 with the onboard controller.So now I am thinking I should run one drive as an OS drive and mirror the other two. I don't have a fourth drive unless someone can convince my wife I need a fourth after already buying 3....
Is it possible to have multiple distributions where ALL distros save their docs to the raid dives? That way I can wipe/install the os and keep my files? I seem to recall that I can be done, just need someone to point the compass.
I'm not entirely a newbie, but this seems like such a simple question I'm not sure where else to ask it. I checked through the various HOWTOs and searched already and didn't find a clear answer, and I want to know for sure before we start investing in hardware. Is is possible to create a RAID1 (mirroring only) array with 3 live drives, rather than with 2 live plus a spare? Our goal is to have 3 drives in a hot-swap bay, and be able to pull and replace one drive periodically as a full backup. If I do: