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Using a Ntfs external HD - where it's best to put Grub4dos?
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kuman11

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PostPosted: Sun 10 Mar 2019, 04:43    Post subject:  Using a Ntfs external HD - where it's best to put Grub4dos?
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When using a Ntfs external HD to boot up Slacko or XSlacko - where it's best to put Grub4dos? In a separate partition or in one of 2 original ones?
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PostPosted: Sun 10 Mar 2019, 15:13    Post subject:  

Grub4dos Bootloader Config program will put the boot files, needed by Grub4dos, on the first partition on the drive. (If there is more than one partition)
The first partition is where they need to be, to be able to boot.
If you let the program use the default options. It will put the other needed stuff on the MBR area of the drive.

Just run Grub4dos Bootloader Config.
Two options you need to make sure to select.
1. Select the external drive as the device to install on.
2. Select search only within this device.
(that keeps it from putting stuff on other devices in the boot menu)
All other default settings are good to use. just finish the program.
Ok.
OK.
OK.
Done.

Now when you boot the external drive.
Grub4dos menu pops up showing boot options for whatever is on the drive.

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PostPosted: Sun 10 Mar 2019, 15:16    Post subject:  

Is there some reason you are using ntfs format?
If all you have is versions of Puppy on the drive.
A Linux ext 3 or 4 format would be better to use.

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PostPosted: Sun 10 Mar 2019, 16:00    Post subject:  

He may, like me, be using the external drive as a back-up drive from several different machines, some of which are Windows machines.
In which case he may want to be able to boot into the drive stand alone as well so wants Puppy on it.
I tend to use the format which is usable to the most systems without having to install extra drivers and would use Fat32 if it didn't waste so must space at larger disk sizes, or ExFAT if more recovery tools bothered to support it.

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PostPosted: Sun 10 Mar 2019, 16:13    Post subject:  

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When using a Ntfs external HD to boot up Slacko or XSlacko - where it's best to put Grub4dos? In a separate partition or in one of 2 original ones?


From what I know about uefi computers, You must first adjust the bios
so that you can boot from external disk.

I would assume that the grub4dos 's menu.lst file is located on the externel disk then. But I don't have a recent computer to test.???

Read Barry's instructions...
https://easyos.org/install/prepare-your-computer-for-booting-linux.html
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PostPosted: Tue 12 Mar 2019, 18:45    Post subject:  

Thanks guys!
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