Aging Technogeek wrote:It is difficult to install from an external hard drive due to the presence(usually) of other files on the drive. If you have a blank drive (or one you do not mind erasing) it would be simpler. A flash drive is really the best way to go for a netbook or other computer that does not have an internal CD/DVD drive.
I am assuming from your posts that you will be downloading the iISO and creating the install medium in Windows. I am not familiar with either Unetbootin for Windows or Pendrive Linux since I did not start using flash drives for installation until I was running only Linux. Unetbootin for Windows should be similar to Linux, but there is enough room for variation that I do not want to give you step by step instructions and maybe cause a failed installation.
Someone who is familiar with creating bootable flash drives in Windows will hopefully read this and respond.
Thanks for the advice. Now I understand why the Ext HD wont work.
Your assumptions are right about downloading the ISO, but Im still not sure how that process really works. I dont know what "creating the install medium" entails or what that function does exactly.
I have to use Unebootin if Im downloading to Windows and Pendrive if my computer is already running Linux?
Since the netbook is running Windows, Im assuming I have to use Unebootin. I download the ISO, and then Unebootin "creates the install medium" on the flash drive. And then I restart the computer and go thru the Linux install process.
Once that has happened then Windows will be wiped from my computer since I will have "installed to the entire drive" and then the Unebootin Windows based install medium should no longer work for the future right? I will then need to download the Pendrive Linux flash stuff if I want to have a Linux based install medium for potential future use?
At this point, I understand the need for a flash drive and I understand the actual boot/installation process. Its this Unebootin install medium stuff in the middle that I still need a walk-thru on.