boot old pc from usb

Clint Savage herlo1 at
Wed Apr 2 07:36:45 MDT 2008

On Wed, Apr 2, 2008 at 6:49 AM, Brian Hawkins <brianhks at>

> I have this IBM 300pl 600Mhz that I've been running Linux on and it runs
> great.  The problem is that the hard drive bearings are starting to fail
> and
> creating more noise then I care for.
> The Linux install takes up only about 3gigs of space so, I had this great
> idea of replacing the hard drive with an 8gig USB thumb drive.  The
> problem
> is the computer is so old it doesn't know how to boot from a USB device.
> One option I've thought of (but don't know how to go about) is to put the
> boot partition on a CD or floppy just to get it started and then have the
> rest on the USB drive.
> Can any Linux geek out there think of a clever way of doing this?

Grub supports CDs so you may consider putting GRUB on a CD and booting from
it, then having it choose the USB drive.



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