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How to boot Puppy / Fatdog64 from an external hard drvie?
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EnderUSAF

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PostPosted: Wed 19 Oct 2011, 01:39    Post subject:  How to boot Puppy / Fatdog64 from an external hard drvie?
Subject description: Windows to boot normally without the external drive
 

I just purchased a netbook that should be coming in the mail pretty soon. On my main laptop I am running Ubuntu & Windows Dual boot setup. However, Since I am working in Afghanistan right now and don't have access to windows disks to re-do my partitions for this computer, I want to keep the windows it has installed on it already, and boot Fatdog64 from an external hard drive. What would my process be to do this? Can I install just to that drive? When installing do I just have grub install to the external drive? When the external drive is not plugged in I just want it to boot up to windows like normal. When the drive is plugged in I would like it to boot up to Fatdog64.
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cthisbear

Joined: 29 Jan 2006
Posts: 3456
Location: Sydney Australia

PostPosted: Wed 19 Oct 2011, 05:36    Post subject:  

" and don't have access to windows disks to re-do my partitions for
this computer, I want to keep the windows it has installed on it already "

Good plan...keep Windows >>> Enjoy Puppy.

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But better to run it from USB or a Camera card.

Some Netbooks boot with both.

My menu includes....

title Puppy Fatdog 64 (sdc1/fatdog64)
find --set-root --ignore-floppies /fatdog64/initrd.gz
kernel /fatdog64/vmlinuz pmedia=usbflash psubdir=fatdog64 pfix=fsck
initrd /fatdog64/initrd.gz


where >> fatdog64 >> in lowercase

is the folder I extract the files to.

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Use 7Zip in Windows to extract the files.

http://www.7-zip.org/

You could use the Puppy Universal installer to make it bootable

Hiren's etc.....Or try Tekno's solution >> RMPrepUSB

" With RMPrepUSB you can write fake 2nd partition information
to the MBR of the USB fooling 99% of BIOSes to treat the USB stick
as a bootable HDD "

http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies.cfm?t=958101

http://www.rmprepusb.com/

If you want to use Hiren's method....the files are in my

3rd last post.

http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=58305&start=30

http://www.hiren.info/pages/bootcd-on-usb-disk

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Other posts

http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=35581

http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=39259

Chris.
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Burn_IT


Joined: 12 Aug 2006
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Location: Tamworth UK

PostPosted: Thu 20 Oct 2011, 07:34    Post subject:  

Just install to that drive with no grub changes or anything to your existing drive.

Then set the boot order in the ?BIOS to boot from the external drive first or use the Function key on boot to display the Bios Boot menu and pick the external one. That's the way I do it as I don't like to set autoboot to an external drive for security reasons.

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