Using CD to Boot System on External USB Hard Drive?

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Using CD to Boot System on External USB Hard Drive?

Postby GoRocco » Tue Dec 12, 2006 12:07


I have an HP zd7063us laptop with a bios that is unable to boot from an external USB hard drive. This is my work computer and I don't want to touch anything on the internal drive, and don't have enough room on it to partition even if I wanted to take the chance. But, I lust after Linux, and Sabayon in particular.

I have seen Slax has a CD iso that a user can download to boot from an external USB install, and then free up the CDROM for other uses. I've tried it and it works well, although it is a slow boot process. I believe there is also a similar thing for Puppy Linux called WakePup. I would prefer to use Sabayon rather than Slax or Puppy Linux. So, I'm wondering if someone can create the same thing for Sabayon and upload it.

I think this would be a great help to those of us who are trying to make the transition to Linux, and would be another advantage that Sabayon would have over other distributions.

Thanks for your help. :D
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Postby Appleman1234 » Fri Dec 15, 2006 1:39

I am not sure, but wouldn't the root= devicenode of harddisc drive kernel option do this ?
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Postby GoRocco » Fri Dec 15, 2006 2:31

Thanks for your reply, Appleman. Unfortunately, I didn't understand a word of it. :D

My problem is that I'm a user and not a programmer, so even though I've seen posts here and there that may have solutions for me, they often explain concepts that I can't wrap my head around because I don't understand the syntax, etc. of Linux. I just want to jump in there, install a system, make it look the way I want, with software I want to use, and get to work (or play).

It's sort of a catch 22 for me. I want to learn more about Linux, but I can't until I can install and run it.

I saw that SLAX has a CD image that they created and you can download. "SLAX Boot CD is used to boot SLAX from USB devices on computers which can't boot from USB directly. It can be also used to boot SLAX from ISO file on disk."

Also, Puppy Linux has a thing they call WakePup which does the same thing:

But I don't want to spend time with working with distributions that I don't plan on using in the long run.

I've also found these tutorials online, but I don't know enough about Linux to follow them:

My hope is that the community of Sabayon developers will be able to provide a CDROM image of a disk that will find an installation on a partition of an external USB drive and boot into that.

Thanks for your help.
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