install on usb hdd

Dominic Marks dom at
Mon Feb 12 15:24:18 UTC 2007

On Mon, 12 Feb 2007 16:14:20 +0100
Zoran Kolic <zkolic at> wrote:

> Hi Andy!
> > IIRC, you can only install to drives that the bios can see. You could
> > try finding a computer whose bios can see the drive and installing
> > from there. As long as you don't touch the internal drives on that
> > machine, everything *should* be safe. YMMV
> Huh! My bios sees usb flash stick pretty easily. This is 2.5 inch hdd
> of WD and simple enclosure with two usb connectors for data and power.
> I've heard that not all enclosures could boot, but no further reading
> on the net. Could be this new hdd gone dead before even installed. I
> load umass module and cannot see headers saying "WD etc".
> Does someone use 2.5 usb hdd to install at it at all? I'm stranded
> in this moment without clue. What data should bios get to add hdd to
> the boot list?

How big is the drive? Perhaps it is too large for the BIOS?


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