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Format a drive and install a Linux OS without using a CD/DVD or USB

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February 23, 2014 6:13:54 PM

I am trying to format my current hard drive removing everything off it (including a windows 7 64bit OS) and replace it with openSUSE 13.1 with nothing on it. I cannot use a CD/DVD nor can I use a USB to do this.

Is there a program which will format/wipe my HDD and then install openSUSE onto it afterwards?

I do have access to another computer on the network so is it possible to use a network install taking the downloaded openSUSE files from the other computer?

Any help would be much appreciated
a b $ Windows 7
February 23, 2014 6:37:26 PM

I know you can do a PXE boot as long as the client PC supports it, but I don't know how to do that. All I can find is this SDB: PXE boot installation...
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February 23, 2014 8:13:58 PM

When you install openSUSE it will ask you if you want the whole disk wiped.
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February 23, 2014 8:22:04 PM

That's great to hear my next question then is can I just install openSUSE straight onto the computer now and it will wipe and reboot into its OS with windows and everything else wiped clean?
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a b $ Windows 7
February 23, 2014 8:25:42 PM

Thraxeus said:
That's great to hear my next question then is can I just install openSUSE straight onto the computer now and it will wipe and reboot into its OS with windows and everything else wiped clean?


I changed my post. See my above link.
This site keeps hanging on me.

How easy the above is depends on whether you are comfortable with Linux or not. I assume it would WIPE your drive as part of the remote install.
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February 24, 2014 12:37:19 AM

no usb, no cd/dvd.....you could do it with about 700 floppy disks
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a b $ Windows 7
February 24, 2014 12:40:39 AM

It won't actually wipe your drive but reformat it. With the right recovery software much could still be recovered. Unless you are expecting a raid from the NSA or a spouse it might as well have been wiped. I only bring this up because occasionally people format by accident and I wouldn't want this to deter them from recovering their lost files.

In answer to your question. For all practical purposes widows is gone if you install on the whole drive and your computer will boot straight to linux because that is the only operating system on your drive. As I said above, without recovery software your computer will run as though windows and old data were never there.
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February 24, 2014 3:54:56 AM

What kind of computer are you on that does not have at least a USB port?
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February 25, 2014 6:48:02 PM

Sounds like a Silk Road System being camoed before SWAT breaks down the door.
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