Hello! My first post here, and all suggestions welcome.
I have been having trouble doing a full install of Mint 19.1 on an external USB SSD. I have done this successfully on a thumb drive (in fact my current Mint is running on that right now). However - trying to replicate that to put a full install on the external SSD has had various unexpected and somewhat catastrophic results - including the installer replacing the boot loader in my internal hard drive even though I was very sure to choose the external drive for the install.
I have a lot of questions, but first - could it be possible that the SSD can’t be made into a bootable drive and that is why the installer wants to put the boot on the hard drive?
When I did successfully create the thumb drive, I used an old Vista/Mint dual boot laptop and it went fine. This time I tried two different Windows 7-only laptops - and it was the same result each time - needing to restore/repair the boot loader and run a restore from my Macrium backup software.
Here are the boot settings in the BIOS for the one Win 7 laptop:
UEFI/Legacy Boot [both]
-UEFI/Legacy Boot Priority [Legacy First]
-CSM Support [Yes]
Network Boot [PCI LAN:IBAGE]
I’m sure there must be an easy way to do this, but thought my first question should be - is it even possible on the SSD - or does it need to be partitioned ahead of time to avoid the misplaced boot loader issue?
Thanks for any ideas - I’ll be happy to answer questions or post anything that might help.