[GLLUG] GRUB dual boot on removable drive

michael norman michaeltnorman at gmail.com
Mon Sep 17 12:03:29 UTC 2018

I have one of these


Attached to my Shuttle box because I can't use an internal drive for 
reasons I won't go into.

Looks and is flimsy but that's the way such devices are built nowadays, 
but for the increasingly rare occasions I need and optical drive it 
works fine.

Only caveat is whether your laptop has enough usb ports for the two usb 
cables it comes with, ie one for data and one for charging, the supplied 
cables are very short, but standard nonetheless so you can use others if 
needs be.

I don't have Windows but I am sure this or any other of its type will 
work, I just picked an ASUS model because they work for me.


On 17/09/18 11:50, Jan Henkins via GLLUG wrote:
> Hello Henrik,
> Here is my lazy-but-practical approach:
> I would consider the second hard drive a permanent addition, and invest in an external USB CDRW device. This should support your use-case admirably, and also mean that any future laptop or desktop purchase can be had without an optical drive.
> On 17 September 2018 10:14:55 BST, Henrik Morsing via GLLUG <gllug at mailman.lug.org.uk> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I have a laptop with two drives, one with Windows and one with Linux.
>> The Linux installation is in the removable bay that also takes the CD
>> drive if needed. Grub boots from the main drive.
>> I realised recently that none of this works if I remove the Linux drive
>> and put the CD drive in. Looking at how GRUB works, it is clear why.
>> So, is there a different way to solve this boot setup? I sometimes need
>> the CD drive with Windows, bear in mind.
>> Thanks

More information about the GLLUG mailing list