Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Possible Duplicate:
Booting Linux off USB pendrives

Can we install Linux on a portable hard drive and use that for booting? My laptop has Vista Professional installed, but I want to use multiple operating systems.

share|improve this question
add comment

migrated from stackoverflow.com Aug 31 '11 at 12:25

This question came from our site for professional and enthusiast programmers.

marked as duplicate by Nifle, DMA57361 Aug 31 '11 at 14:38

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

2 Answers

Usually, provided that the BIOS is able to boot from a USB device (as has been the norm for the past 5 or so years) and has not been set disable that.

If it does not do so automatically, you may have to change settings or press some key early in the boot process.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Yes, you can, provided that your motherboard / BIOS supports this feature.

Another popular option for running multiple operating systems is to use a virtual machine manager, such as VirtualBox or VMWare Player.

share|improve this answer
add comment