OpenSUSE 11.0 on an External Hard Drive

This message could be subtitled ‘a little bit of knowledge cause a

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
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

/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.

Have a look here;

First section, “Installing SuSE on External USB Drive”

Cheers Malcolm °¿° (Linux Counter #276890)
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