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I have a leftover laptop drive and sata - usb adapter. I'd like to make it bootable and 'portable'. Would it be able to recognize host machine's network card for instance? For the sake of experiment I installed latest distro of Suse (curiosity). All went well except when it booted it would not recognize my wireless network. I shut down the laptop I had it plugged into, un-plugged it and tried to boot the laptop. Of course grub was hosed ( fixed it with no problems ). The interesting thing was when I booted from Ubuntu Live CD to fix grub, my wireless network was recognized just fine. When I tried to plug in the usb drive, rebooted and hoped to boot into the usb drive - no joy.

Any suggestions on where to start with making such an autonomous Ubuntu set up?

4/11/13 Figured it out. Took my desktop and unplugged all the hardrives. Booted from live dvd. Plugged in the laptop drive through usb connector. Run installer and got a 'normal' install on the hard drive. Note to self: get eSATA case and cable for the drive, booting from the drive via usb a bit too slow.

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marked as duplicate by Luis Alvarado Apr 7 '13 at 23:48

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Have you looked this post? : How do I install Ubuntu from an USB drive / create a live USB-stick? – Lucio Apr 7 '13 at 23:38
No, that's not what I had in mind. – vector Apr 12 '13 at 2:10
You should create a new answer instead of mention the solution into the question. – Lucio Apr 12 '13 at 17:47
... I wanted to, but could find the new answer link/button. I wonder if that's not an option now. – vector Apr 12 '13 at 21:09
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Try Unetbootin to write the ISO. I had the same issue with SUSE not recognizing network cards, but Ubuntu works great in that regard. Good luck.

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Not quite what I was looking for, but good enough. Now I've been going nuts trying different distros like ice cream. Stopped wasting cds and dvd ;-) – vector Apr 12 '13 at 2:16

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