I'm trying to make a bootable thumbdrive using Ubuntu 10.04, and have come across a problem with GRUB.
I am able to make a bootable Ubuntu installation on a thumb drive either using a LiveCD or actually installing Ubuntu. However, I want to heavily customise that installation, which takes far too long to do when trying to apply to the thumbdrive installation.
As a result, I want to make an installation of Ubuntu on my laptop HDD, in a separate partition to a Windows installation, and do my customising there (as it is a lot quicker). Then I will use FSArchiver to copy that installation to the thumbdrive, which should then be bootable.
It seems to have mostly gone fine, except that when I try to boot from the USB drive GRUB comes up with the error that there are missing operating systems. As a result, I can only manage to boot from my HDD. How do I avoid this?
I know the reason is that GRUB expects to find Windows XP and a second Ubuntu installation, which are not on the thumbdrive, but is there a way to customise GRUB once it is on the thumbdrive, considering that I cannot boot into it?