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    Default Boot Ubuntu form USB Drive not working

    Hi All,

    I have put Ubuntu 10.04.1 on a imation 320GB USB 2.5 inch drive.

    When installing Ubuntu I used a LiveCD on WinXP machine. I set Grub to load onto \Dev\sdb as this seemed to be the USB drive.

    I have a MSi U130 Notebook that has been set to boot off the USB drive (amoung other USB devices). Notebook is running Win 7 Starter, fully updated with latest updates from Microsoft.

    My problem is that I am unable to get the U130 to boot off the USB Drive.

    Am looking for pointers to where I might find a solution.

    Was unsure as to what additional information you might need if any.

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Boot Ubuntu form USB Drive not working

    I take it the USB drive does boot on the other machine?
    Non-system disk or disk error. Replace and strike any key when ready.

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    Default Re: Boot Ubuntu form USB Drive not working

    I suggest you try this - boot to the Ubuntu CD using your XP machine. Use system-> administration-> startup disk creator (I am using 10.04 so this might be slightly different). I regularly make startup pen drives using this method and they normally work!
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    Default Re: Boot Ubuntu form USB Drive not working

    While its booting up, tap F11, does your external HDD show up on the boot device list?


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    Default Re: Boot Ubuntu form USB Drive not working

    You should make sure grub (and fstab) are using UUID's to identify volumes.
    When using an external drive the labels could change from what is expected by the config files.
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    Default Re: Boot Ubuntu form USB Drive not working

    I always use this.
    http://www.pendrivelinux.com/
    Posts by me should be treated as ideas,Not instructions. Thanks.

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    Default Re: Boot Ubuntu form USB Drive not working

    Thanks for the reply's.

    Just one question of fred_fish.

    How do I check that grub is using UUID's and how do I know it is using the correct UUID.

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Boot Ubuntu form USB Drive not working

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    Default Re: Boot Ubuntu form USB Drive not working

    Quote Originally Posted by fred_fish View Post
    I think that site is out of date since it is referring to menu.lst which is part of GRUB legacy (Ubuntu uses GRUB 2).

    I think the easiest way is my method given above. (Ignore my bit about 10.04 as I have just noticed you are using the same!).
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    Default Re: Boot Ubuntu form USB Drive not working

    Thanks for the pointer fred-fish.

    Will follow johd advice.

    Thanks

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