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Booting Ubuntu 12.04 from external disk connected to USB 3.0

I have a Ubuntu 12.04 install on an external HDD. On my Dell Laptop, I tried to boot into 12.04 by connecting the USB 3.0 compatible external HDD to USB 3.0 port but it wouldn’t show the grub (v2.00-7ubuntu11) boot screen. A rather silly workaround helped, however. I connected it first to a USB 2.0 port so that the grub screen loaded. Then, I disconnected the HDD and reconnected it to USB 3.0 port and voila. I don’t know if it’s the BIOS or grub (or both?) but this is what I’m going to do from now on. 🙂