I am trying to get ubuntu on my windows 8 laptop I want to completly wipe the C drive and replace it with ubuntu I have made a bootable usb and followed the instalation steps although ubuntu installer can only find the usb drive to install on yet I want it to erease and install onto C drive how do I get the installer to detect other drives apart frim my usb
Fully installing Ubuntu and erasing everything else is one of the three standard options that are clearly displayed early in the installation process. The three installation options include:
1) install Ubuntu keeping other OS's intact (including other versions of Linux that you may have). This is the easiest, most reliable way for most people to set up dual-booting.
2) **Install Ubuntu and erase everything else. This leads to a clean Ubuntu install, and is the option it sounds like you want.
3) Something Else. In this mode it gives you more control of your partitions and swap-space than option #1, but option #1 is what in the Navy we called "sailor-proof."
That said, option #2 - what you say you want to do, just end up with Ubuntu on your laptop - is equally sailor-proof. I've set it up this way, and it is even easier than setting up dual-boot - and setting up dual-boot is incredibly easy in Ubuntu.
I'm a Linux Newb, and am in no way technical, except in a hobby context. I've only considered myself a hobbyist since installing Ubuntu last October. I also have low tolerance for difficult set-up. In the last few months, since I have a good bit old equipment to make use of, I've done lots of Ubuntu installations (as well as Windows 8/7/Vista/XP installs, and I've tried out about 10 alternate versions of Linux). Ubuntu is the most consistently solid performer across my equipment - 2 desktops and 2 laptops varying in age from 2 years old to 10 years old.
Ubuntu has made me a Linux fan-boy - very easy for newbs like me.