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  1. #1
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    Installing Ubuntu from Local HD to another HD

    I currently have a Vista/Ubuntu Desktop machine that I use for my work. I also have a three year old Dell inspiron laptop that died on me (XP boot files corrupted after it losing power shutting down).

    I recovered the data that I need from the HD, pictures ect by plugging it into my desktop.

    I'm trying to figure out a way to install Ubuntu onto the laptops HD while connected to the desktop.

    I don't have the option to burn a disc because I don't currently have a cd/dvd burner on my desktop (soon).

    any options?

  2. #2
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    May 2008
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    Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex

    Re: Installing Ubuntu from Local HD to another HD

    You can create a Live USB stick if the Laptop will support booting from a USB Key.

    In Ubuntu 8.10, you can run System->Administration->Create a USB startup disk, and use this to copy the files from a Ubuntu iso file onto the USB key. I found when I did this that I then had to run "install-mbr /dev/sdX" where sdX is the USB key's device name, which rewrites the master boot record.

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    Re: Installing Ubuntu from Local HD to another HD

    ok, I'll go fiddle around with this, room mate is letting me borrow his 2 gig usb drive.

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