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Hello Peppermint,

I've got a good one!  How do I fully install Peppermint to an external hard drive from within Peppermint?

I've got a new PNY 120G SSD that's running Peppermint 9 within this computer, and I'd now like to put Peppermint 9 on another PNY 120G SSD that been placed in a 2.5" external hard drive enclosure. 

At first, I thought I could simply boot up my thumb drive with my live Peppermint 9 image, attach the external drive, and begin the installation process through the "Do something else" process, but then I realized I couldn't find the attached external hard drive listed anywhere in order to do so.  That threw me for a loop. :-\

Any ideas would be appreciated.

Thank you,

perknh
« Last Edit: September 24, 2018, 06:17:17 pm by perknh »
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Re: Fully install Peppermint to an external hard drive from within Peppermint
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2018, 02:22:59 pm »
Try attaching the external drive before you boot. It was a long time ago, but I think that's what I did once to install from a live-usb into another usb  :-\
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Re: Fully install Peppermint to an external hard drive from within Peppermint
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2018, 05:25:00 pm »
Try attaching the external drive before you boot. It was a long time ago, but I think that's what I did once to install from a live-usb into another usb  :-\

Thank you, pin, but that doesn't work.  I get the black Intel screen which gives me no real option but to boot into Peppermint that's on my main drive.   
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Re: Fully install Peppermint to an external hard drive from within Peppermint
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2018, 05:30:29 pm »
That's weird that the drive doesn't show up when you're in the installation program. Does it show up in the file manager?

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Re: Fully install Peppermint to an external hard drive from within Peppermint
« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2018, 06:15:34 pm »
Bottom line:  we must remember to format our external hard drives to FAT 32. ;)

That should NOT be necessary.

What IS probably necessary on a brand new drive is to create a partition table (as a brand new drive may not contain one).
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I'd thought about formatting the drive, but I wasn't sure if that made a difference. I've only installed to an external drive once, and that was Peppermint 2 to a PNY 8GB flash drive, that was already formatted to FAT32. With internal drives, it sees them and you can add a partition scheme within the Ubiquity installer, or GParted, but I guess it "sees" external drives differently. Probably due to the USB interface.

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Ubiquity should see them the same...

I think the problem here was the drive was brand new and hadn't been formatted AT ALL, so didn't even contain a partition table.

I think if you'd have opened say GPArted and created either an msdos style or GPT partition table (even without any actual partitions) it would have been offered.

Some new drives come pre-partitioned and formatted .. some come TOTALLY blank (not even a partition table).
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Re: Fully install Peppermint to an external hard drive from within Peppermint
« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2018, 01:52:12 pm »
Bottom line:  we must remember to format our external hard drives to FAT 32. ;)

That should NOT be necessary.

What IS probably necessary on a brand new drive is to create a partition table (as a brand new drive may not contain one).

That statement was from me and not from scifidude79.

But thank you for clarifying things, PCNetSpec. ;) 
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