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Having not done this myself, I just want to be clear. I could install the distro of my choice to a partition on my Hard-Drive. And not install grub. That way I can still book directly to windows. However I could install grub onto my USB stick and have it so that if the USB stick is inserted on boot, it will give me the grub boot menu letting me pick either windows or linux?
Posted 18 January 2013 - 01:30
That is correct. Super Grub2 Disk offers an easy way to do auto-detection of installed operating systems, but you could just as easily have a GRUB installation on a flash drive with a custom menu allowing OS selection. Although there are many variations of methods to accomplish this, everything other than the aforementioned Super Grub 2 Disk require some work in terminal an a minimal working knowledge of GRUB menu scripting. Since most people don't want to do this, as it creates more of a hassle, no distro that I know of makes it "1-click" or "2-click" simple to accomplish. That's why I didn't recommend anything else to the OP. Based on your other posts, I believe that you would be able to pull off a more elegant solution. Let me know if you want me to provide such instructions.
Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:39
Posted 18 January 2013 - 04:55
Yep. When installing arch, do NOT make a seperate boot partition on your hard drive, make that on the USB as ext2 and mount that as /mnt/boot, so eg;
mount /dev/sda2 /mnt
mount /dev/sdf1 /mnt/boot
then in the grub commands, use the sdf or USB drive, I'm not sure if you even need to provide the drive anymore or if grub picks it up from what device /boot is mounted on.
Posted 19 January 2013 - 00:29
it will protect access to Linux if the USB stick is not present.