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    Installing distros from an external hard drive

    I have all these iso's on my external hard drive [NTFS]. I don't have any DVD's or CD's around. On startup I want the system to boot from my external hard drive. I specify which distro I want to install and the bootloader will load the iso accordingly. It's like having many CD's or DVD's on my external hard drive and telliing the system which CD or DVD (in the form of ISO's) to run. Is this possible? Remember, I'm installing them from the external hard drive, not to the hard drive.

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    Everything is possible in Linux, but not easy.
    Doing that would be little complicated.

    There are only few distros which allows installation from repository tree on local disk, but not the ISO.

    Instead of that you can create a bootable pendrive from ISO
    and Install it from USB drive.

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    I only have a 512mb flash drive... It won't fit an entire ISO.

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    This will fit your 512mb pendrive with Unetbootin

    File: antiX-M8.iso 446288 KB 02/13/2009 01:27:00 PM
    File: antiX-M8.iso.md5sum 1 KB 02/13/2009 01:27:00 PM

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    I got it! Thanks rokytnji. I loaded the ISO from my external hard drive into Unebootin, rebooted, and it ran perfectly. No DVD's or CD's to burn, but I had to do this one by one.

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