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    Blank Screen after Installing to External HDD?

    I decided to install KL on my 3TB HDD, but I partitioned it leaving 2TB to still be used for other things. I fired up VirtualBox and added the external drive as a USB device and installed kali to the drive that way. I gave the root partition 20GB, the Swap space 16GB, and gave the rest to /home. When GRUB came up I put install to master boot record and finished up the instillation. However, when I select the drive to boot from in the BIOS, it just shows that flashing underscore and doesn't boot. Any ideas what went wrong?

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    Not all external hard drives can be used to boot, it depends on the device unfortunately. Have you searched the net to see if your hard drive supports being a boot device (other people mentioning doing it and such)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flika View Post
    I decided to install KL on my 3TB HDD, but I partitioned it leaving 2TB to still be used for other things. I fired up VirtualBox and added the external drive as a USB device and installed kali to the drive that way. I gave the root partition 20GB, the Swap space 16GB, and gave the rest to /home. When GRUB came up I put install to master boot record and finished up the instillation. However, when I select the drive to boot from in the BIOS, it just shows that flashing underscore and doesn't boot. Any ideas what went wrong?
    Did you try Install grub

    https://forums.kali.org/showthread.p...linux-on-a-SSD
    easy to start; hard to finish

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbiz View Post
    I can;t really manually install anything because it doesn't boot into kali in the first place

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flika View Post
    I can;t really manually install anything because it doesn't boot into kali in the first place
    Live boot from another device
    fdisk -l find your hdd #
    Continue

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbiz View Post
    Live boot from another device
    fdisk -l find your hdd #
    Continue
    Command didn't work.
    It doesn't recognize the command.

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