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Installing Ubuntu on External HDD

Joe Harry
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Is it advisable to do this?

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Joe Ess

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I have Ubuntu installed to a USB flash drive. It's a handy way to take your personalized environment with you to other computers. Unlike a Live CD, you can do updates and save documents. Look here for a walk-through of the process.
Of course, you give up some performance using an external drive. Whether it is advisable or not depends on your requirements.

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Tim Holloway
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You can if you want to. An external drive may be slower than an internal one, but people have been happily booting Ubuntu (and Knoppix before it) from CDs for a long time, and they're a LOT slower.

You can darn near boot Ubuntu from a cardboard box these days.

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