Windows on the internal Drive, Gentoo on an external USB Drive
Posted on 2004-10-06
I tried installing Gentoo 2004.2 on an external USB Drive attached to my laptop. This worked fine up until rebooting after installing the bootloader.
I know the drive recognised as /dev/sda in linux and the partitions on it are:
/dev/sda1 windows ntfs (no OS installed)
/dev/hda2 Extended partition
/dev/sda5 /boot ext3
/dev/sda7 / ext3
the device /dev/hda has only one partition:
/dev/hda1 windows ntfs (windows installed)
I have installed lilo on /dev/hda.
Here's my lilo.conf:
append="init=/linuxrc ramdisk=8192 real_root=/dev/sda7"
When i try to boot, its says:
Block device dev/sda is not a valid root device...
The root block device is unspecified or not detected.
please specify a device to boot, of "shell"for a a shell...
After which it asks me for the root partition.
So it seems it cant detect the drive/partition.(i tried to manually enter the root partition, but to no avail)
What do i need to do to make linux boot from the external drive?
Thanks in advance