running ubuntu from external hard drive how?

  Internetwhizzkid 12:34 03 Dec 07

I have just got a 500GB external hard drive. Now what I want to be able to do is partition it so that I can have all of my files on and and also be able to install ubuntu linux on it.

so I know how to do the partitioning but can anyone please tell me how I can install ubuntu on t without losing all of the other files etc. and also will the pc be able to boot off the partition on the hard drive?

If someone can tell me an easy way on what i need to do that will be great

Maybe I just make the partition and then when i booit into ubuntu it will say install on the partition and then everything will be ok?

  crosstrainer 12:41 03 Dec 07

Depending on your machines specs, (BIOS) it may not be capable of booting from a USB device. If that's the case then you are snookered really.

If it is able to boot from the external drive, Then...

1) Start your machine, navigate to your external hdd

2) Create a new partition with the required space on the drive. (this will ensure that your data on the previous partition will be retained)

3) Install the new os

4) If all works well (and you need to check this first)

5) You should be able to boot from either your internal drive(s) or your external.

Need mobo and PC specs to confirm.

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