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    Unhappy ubuntu installation error

    Hello,

    I asked my friend to install ubuntu on my hard drive (the cd drive on my computer does not work), he took the hard drive and tried to install ubuntu on his computer, but he could not install it, he got all the files on the hard drive, but it does not boot up.
    I tried re-installing ubuntu, but I can not delete the files from the hard drive and the other computer which I am using does not even recognize it!
    Is there a way to delete the files?

    Thank you in advance,
    Victor

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    Re: ubuntu installation error

    I tried re-installing ubuntu, but I can not delete the files from the hard drive and the other computer which I am using does not even recognize it!
    You are trying to re-install - so why was it you gave the HD to a friend?
    What OS are you using to work on the HD?
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    Re: ubuntu installation error

    Can you create a live usb and boot from it?

    How are you trying to delete the 'files'?

    If you can create a live usb (unetbootin is recommended tool for that), try Boot-Repair to fix the booting (assuming rest of the installation is complete and error free).
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    Re: ubuntu installation error

    I gave the hard drive to my friend because I was not sure what to do (he told me to put the hard drive in another computer after I gave it to him)!
    I am trying to install ubuntu 12.04.

    The computer is old and can not boot from a usb.
    I am trying to get rid of all the filles and re-install ubuntu (The setup writes that I do not have enough space to install ubuntu).
    Last edited by maxwille; March 5th, 2013 at 06:04 PM.

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    Re: ubuntu installation error

    Quote Originally Posted by maxwille View Post
    I am trying to get rid of all the filles and re-install ubuntu
    ..and you are attempting that on the other computer from which you are posting this ? What OS does it have ?

    Be careful if you attempt to install Ubuntu on the 'other' computer, because one wrong action can render that one unbootable as well !

    How are you trying to install ubuntu on that drive now?
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    Re: ubuntu installation error

    Quote Originally Posted by maxwille View Post
    I gave the hard drive to my friend because I was not sure what to do (he told me to put the hard drive in another computer after I gave it to him)!
    I am trying to install ubuntu 12.04.

    The computer is old and can not boot from a usb.
    I am trying to get rid of all the filles and re-install ubuntu (The setup writes that I do not have enough space to install ubuntu).
    Start the installer and select to erase everything and install ubuntu
    https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B3e0...it?usp=sharing
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    Re: ubuntu installation error

    The computer from which I am posting this is another computer, the one I am using to install ubuntu is not really useful.
    I started the installer but could not select erase everything and install ubuntu because it writes that my hard drive does not have enough space to install ubuntu and when I press continue nothing happens.
    Last edited by maxwille; March 5th, 2013 at 08:32 PM.

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    Re: ubuntu installation error

    Boot the live cd
    Open a terminal and post the result of

    Code:
    sudo fdisk -l
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    Re: ubuntu installation error

    Which version are you trying to install ?

    Not sure about 13.04, but 12.04 and 12.10 have Gparted included on the installation cd/dvd.

    Run it and post back its screenshot while it is showing the drive in question.

    To avoid confusion or any chance of accidental trashing of the current OS/bootloader, I'd recommend to disconnect the other drive from which the current computer boots.
    Leave only the one connected which you want to install ubuntu upon. Then boot your live media, run gparted and try to delete -> recreate the partition(s) as you need them. In case of errors, post back its screenshot.
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    Re: ubuntu installation error

    The pictures of Gparted are on the next page.
    Last edited by maxwille; March 5th, 2013 at 11:02 PM.

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