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Thread: Troubleshooting - BIOS can not see external hard drive with Kali installed on it

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    Troubleshooting - BIOS can not see external hard drive with Kali installed on it

    Recently I attempted to install Kali on an external hard drive, since my internal drive was pretty much full. I managed to get through the installation after a few problems that were eventually solved. However, now I can not find the external drive in BIOS, and as such, can't boot from it. I am, however, able to view the drive in Windows' Disk Management. I noticed none of the partitions have drive letters. I'm still fairly new to Kali, so I don't know if that is a problem.
    Here's a screenshot of the external drive partitions:


    Here's a screenshot of the partitions on a Kali virtual machine that works (albeit with much smaller partitions):


    One difference I noticed is that in the external drive, all partitions have "100% free", and the File System field is blank. In the end, my question is what can I do to get this working? Any help is appreciated.

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    In you bios, put your main hd right at the bottom. Also check that secure boot is off.

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    Secure boot has been turned off.
    Unfortunately I can not put the main hard drive at the bottom of the boot order, since (as stated in the title) BIOS can not see the external drive.

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    Your external drive was formatted to fat32? First before installing?

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    Yes, it was.

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    Id recommend ntfs as it has better compression but anyway. Id try again only thing id think of. If its larger than 32Gb you may not hve formatted correctly anyway.

    https://www.maketecheasier.com/forma...at32-windows10

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