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Installing Ubuntu onto an extra HDD

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December 5, 2013 4:24:53 PM

Hello! I am sick of windows and have heard Ubuntu is better. So, I'm trying to install linux off of a cd. I go to burn the cd and there's not enough space. It's a 700 mb disk. Ok, second approach. USB flash drive. Mobo doesn't detect it. Now I'm trying to download it onto an extra hdd I have and I'm going to try booting it off that. Any ideas as to if it will fail, how badly it will fail, and what else I should try?

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December 5, 2013 4:39:38 PM

DVD's hold 4.7GB :) 
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December 5, 2013 5:53:54 PM

Yeah, but i'm using CDR.....
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December 6, 2013 1:18:23 AM

XXDracoX said:
Yeah, but i'm using CDR.....

You must burn a DVD the first time or install to a flash disk, it's simply too big for a cd. Burn dvd or install flash not copy.
To install to your usb from windows you need an installer like universal usb installer from pendrivelinux.com . From Linux there is a built in installer with most versions.

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December 6, 2013 7:46:15 AM

Ok because it said that the iso file would fit on a cd. I'm not installing it from windows. I have a corrupt file with windows and this hdd won't bootup. Is it time for a new hdd?
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December 6, 2013 7:55:04 AM

XXDracoX said:
Ok because it said that the iso file would fit on a cd. I'm not installing it from windows. I have a corrupt file with windows and this hdd won't bootup. Is it time for a new hdd?


CDs worked up until last year, now it's a dvd.
Way too early to write off your HDD. Get Ubuntu onto a DVD or a flash and you'll be able to have a look at your HDD.

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December 6, 2013 8:07:21 AM

But it doesn't detect the flash. Am I supposed to have only the iso file on it?
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December 6, 2013 8:18:09 AM

XXDracoX said:
But it doesn't detect the flash. Am I supposed to have only the iso file on it?


An ISO file is basically thousands of files saved into a single one for transporting. You can't just copy it to your USB you must install it there which will make the flash bootable and break the ISO into it's many thousands of files. There are installers that run on either windows or linux, I mentioned the universal usb installer above. You must use something like that.
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December 6, 2013 8:53:33 AM

Ok. So, pretty much just download that and follow directions?
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December 6, 2013 10:45:24 AM

Yes.
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December 6, 2013 10:57:11 AM

It didn't work. I tried it and I couldn't figure it out. I guess ima not dat smartz...... I did try following the Ubuntu directions on their page for burning a disc and the ISO fit on my cd-r. I have an older version. That must be why it fits. I'm going to try it, but it probably won't work because.....well, because i'm trying it.
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December 7, 2013 4:07:50 PM

I burnt an iso on to a cd-r and it worked. thnx for the help!
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