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Boot / system issues
« on: December 06, 2018, 11:38:21 am »
Hi,

This is going to sound weird, but bear with me please.  I have an old Toshiba A100 which has unfortunately lost it’s ability to boot from anything other than the installed HDD.  (Honestly – I've tried everything.  It used to work, now it doesn't).  I’d like to put a simple Linux distro on it simply for browsing, messaging, mail, etc but I'm, limited by the fact that I can’t boot from CD/DVD/USB etc.  Would it be possible to move the HDD into another laptop chassis, and install the new system to it there, and then could I move the HDD back to the Tosh?  Or would the necessary drivers etc be totally wrong and prevent me booting/updating the installed system?

Alternatively is it possible to install something like a Live system to a Hard drive and then move that back to the Tosh?  If so, which Live distro would allow this?


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Barrie

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Re: Boot / system issues
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2018, 03:33:31 pm »
Absolutely you can (as long as you don't install  any proprietary graphics drivers before you move the drive back to the original PC) .. unlike Windows, you can move a drive between PC's and it should just adjust itself to the new hardware.

In fact that's the reason LiveCD/LiveUSB's work .. hardware is detected and the required drivers loaded AT EACH BOOT.

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Re: Boot / system issues
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2018, 10:54:33 am »
Many thanks for the reply.  That's really good to know. 

Just so I am clear on this, is this the correct approach :-
  • Fit target disk to bootable laptop.
  • Boot Live system of choice.
  • Use inbuilt install program to install to target disk.
  • Fit target disk to original machine.
  • Boot target machine into new system

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Re: Boot / system issues
« Reply #3 on: Yesterday at 08:34:14 pm »
That seems OK. But note and make sure BIOS will BOOT from USB, DVD , Hard drive.
Have you tried a USB key with Live knoppix  Linux system?   Or Live Linux DVD of Knoppix. I use Knoppix as my main testing Linux.

 


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