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My company wish to boot Linux/Unix images from an external or internal hard drive. Can it be done by making the hard drive bootable, similar to booting Windows 7 from a pen drive?

If so, how can I do this?

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Internal hard disk? Aren't that your regular hard disks? I'd have another look at what you're really asking for. Furthermore, you should focus on the how rather than if its possible. – Ivo Flipse May 24 '11 at 11:37

Yes it is possible. USB, HDD even a memory card. Here is a guide.

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If its an internal hard disk, you simply have to press the defined button when you boot to bring up the BIOS boot device menu (normally F12 or one of the other F keys), and select applicable HDD. Modern motherboards might also be able to do this with HDDs attached via USB. – Spectre May 24 '11 at 13:27
@xciter thx for the link ya..i will try it tomorrow with the hard disk in the office – NewBirth May 24 '11 at 14:07
@xciter another question, i found out the link do not have the linux/unix platform that i looking for, sorry that i do not state it precisely, the unix platform is it possible to do so?? – NewBirth May 24 '11 at 14:11
I do not see a reason why it wouldn't work. Get the ISO file, write the usb with it instead the ubuntu ISO file and all should be fine. – xciter May 24 '11 at 14:24
@xciter ok, i got the same thinking as you, will get it done tomorrow, thanks a lot ya. Go to bed soon. – NewBirth May 24 '11 at 14:55

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