I just bought an external hard drive that's 1TB. I formatted my laptop and burned Linux to it. The thing is, I also use my hard drive for other things. Can I move these boot files into a custom folder? Or should I leave them alone?

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    I'm confused....boot files are already in a seperate directory /boot.
    – mdpc
    May 25, 2014 at 20:23
  • This question is quite confusing. Is Linux installed in the laptop's internal hard drive or on the external one?
    – Renan
    May 25, 2014 at 20:31
  • Linux is installed to the external drive which is 1TB. Obviously it will create boot files. Can I move them? May 25, 2014 at 20:34

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I'm not sure why you would want to move the /boot stuff. It should be possible, but it would break a lot of fundamental assumptions in boot-related tools.

One common thing that people do is store /boot on a separate partition, in which case /boot/boot should be a symlink to '.' so that when the bootloader mounts that partition, it still can access files under /boot.

That actually related to the underlying question, "I also use my hard drive for other things", which sounds like you might want a separate partition for that. But it's hard to be sure without knowing exactly what youwant to do

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