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    Stephen P. Molnar NNTP User

    Default OpenSUSE 11.0 on an External Hard Drive

    This message could be subtitled 'a little bit of knowledge cause a
    disaster!'

    I have a reasonably new laptop running (ugh) Windows Vista Home Premium. I
    attempted to put OpenSUSW 11 on an external hard drive.  Actually, I
    succeeded in installing the linux OS.  Unfortunately, this destroyed (or at
    least corrupted) the MBR.  Consequently, while I could boot the machine in
    linux but not Vista.  Now, losing vista would not be a bad thing, except for
    the fact that I use the laptop for some tasks at work.

    I ended up having to purchase a recovery disk from HP as I couldn't find the
    disk I made when I bought the laptop.  That involved multiple calls to
    idiots
    on the Indian subcontinent, but that's another tale of woe.  It only took me
    about a week to restore vista on the laptop

    In my study I have a tower booting OpenSUSE 10.3.  It finds the external
    drive:

    /dev/sde2       ext3    /media/disk
    /dev/sde3       ext3    /media/disk-1

    After this rather long preamble, my question is the following.  Is there a
    SAFE (defined as not destroying access to the OpenSUSE 10.3) way to boot the
    machine in OpenSUSE 11.0?

    Thanks in advance.


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    Default Re: OpenSUSE 11.0 on an External Hard Drive

    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen P. Molnar
    This message could be subtitled 'a little bit
    of knowledge cause a disaster!'

    I have a reasonably new laptop running (ugh) Windows Vista Home
    Premium. I attempted to put OpenSUSW 11 on an external hard drive.
    Actually, I succeeded in installing the linux OS. Unfortunately, this
    destroyed (or at least corrupted) the MBR. Consequently, while I could
    boot the machine in linux but not Vista. Now, losing vista would not
    be a bad thing, except for the fact that I use the laptop for some
    tasks at work.

    I ended up having to purchase a recovery disk from HP as I couldn't
    find the disk I made when I bought the laptop. That involved multiple
    calls to idiots
    on the Indian subcontinent, but that's another tale of woe. It only
    took me about a week to restore vista on the laptop

    In my study I have a tower booting OpenSUSE 10.3. It finds the
    external drive:

    /dev/sde2ext3/media/disk
    /dev/sde3ext3/media/disk-1

    After this rather long preamble, my question is the following. Is
    there a SAFE (defined as not destroying access to the OpenSUSE 10.3)
    way to boot the machine in OpenSUSE 11.0?

    Thanks in advance.
    Hi
    Have a look here;
    http://en.opensuse.org/HOWTOs

    First section, "Installing SuSE on External USB Drive"

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