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I'm currently installing Ubuntu on an external HDD and have no trouble getting it to recognize the drive and get through to the copying files section of the install but when I hit the Installing system I believe it's called it hangs at 0% for quite a while. Is this typical or is it messing up on something due to it being an external hdd?

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May you should add more detail about your external HDD and show your hang screen. –  Smile.Hunter Dec 22 '12 at 9:33
More details would be helpful. I regularly boot Ubuntu and other distros installed to a Toshiba exteral HDD from a Lenovo T61. But hardware compatibility can be tricky. My newish HP dv6 cannot boot from the same external drive. –  chaskes Dec 29 '12 at 16:50
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