I got a 16GB Flash Drive and turned it to a bootable USB with Pen Drive Linux using the 13.04 64 bit iso. I then booted from it and went to the setup procedure and installed it on a 500 GB external hard drive with no swap space, it was completely formated. Once installed I rebooted to the external hard drive, I waited several minutes only to see no progress and only a blank screen. Please help.

  • What kind of external drive do you have? Some drives are just not bootable. – 16trohrt Apr 28 '13 at 16:41
  • Seagate 500 GB expansion drive USB 3.0 – Youness N Bella Apr 28 '13 at 16:43
  • Where did you install the bootloader? When I did exactly what you did, it offered me to install the bootloader on my internal hard disk and I had to choose the correct path manually. – To Do Apr 28 '13 at 17:29

When you install on the external drive, the simplest way to install it would be to make two partitions. First: Make a swap partition. This needs to be >= the amount of physical RAM you have installed to your computer. Second: Make the remaining memory an ext4 linux partition, and set it's mount point to /. Choose the ext4 linux partition and install. Then, set your bios settings accordingly and boot into your new bootable linux drive.

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