sudo fdisk -l
usbtux wrote:Please take a look at http://usbtux.hostzi.com/external as it might help with your problem.
Start by turning off (powering down) any external drive you dont want - so just have the one external drive you want to install mint to powered, before you boot with the live DVD.
Then, after (successfully) selecting the 300Mb HDD to install to ("Device for boot loader installation") I clicked "Install" and just got a window saying "No root system is defined: please correct from the partitioning menu".
Which meant absolutely nothing to me! So, back to Windoze to be able to post this.....
usbtux wrote:Sorry you couldn't follow my tutorial http://usbtux.hostzi.com/external, but ALL your questions are answered in that one. If you have a quick look again you will see a section on partitioning and a section on installing.
I guess you havent read it through,and were looking at the wrong section, I suggest you read them through first before you install so you can see what to expect; then install.
Wol wrote:I followed all the instructions (some of them gave menu items that didn't appear, such as Device > delete, where the only items were "Create partition table" and "Attempt data rescue".
Wol wrote:After creating the three partitions I attempted to install but, again, got the message "No root file system" and was asked to go to the partitioning facility.
Wol wrote:Oh, back in Windoze and now have no 300GB disk shown!
usbtux wrote:Hi Wol, Well done on getting Mint installed, you had to read the last paragraph of http://usbtux.hostzi.com/external
You've had to do this to get the live cd/usb started to install Mint so really I didn't expect this to be an issue.
It appears that either there is an error with the install or you've not waited for mint to start . Did you see the the grub screen - same as the livecd/usb start screen? Booting from an external drive is slower and you do get a blank screen for some time while mint boots.
AlbertP wrote:The option to install Mint alongide Windows 7 should also allow you to choose a disk for Mint. Please remove existing partitions from the 300GB drive (unless they contain data that you want to keep), then it'll automatically use the whole disk when selecting the 300GB one, and you don't need to worry about the partition layout. Then the USB disk should be bootable, allowing you to choose between Windows 7 and Linux at boot. (Note that if you connect the USB disk to another computer, the Win 7 option may become non-functional unless you run sudo update-grub).
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