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Thread: just tried ubuntu live cd and it used hdd when loading why?

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    just tried ubuntu live cd and it used hdd when loading why?

    Hi all, just though i would give ubuntu a go so downloaded the 64 bit version of ubuntu.com and tried the live cd bit of it, but when loading the hard drive light was flashing on the computer showing its using the hard drive,

    i definatly clicked on the first option to make no changes to computer and didn't install

    does anyone know what its doing?

    thanks

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    Re: just tried ubuntu live cd and it used hdd when loading why?

    It is gathering information about your drive, it won't change anything on it.

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    Re: just tried ubuntu live cd and it used hdd when loading why?

    It will most likely be checking what's there - i.e. checking to see if there is something installed, or if it is empty. This way you can mount your drives while on the live CD and access your data

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    Re: just tried ubuntu live cd and it used hdd when loading why?

    If you have a swap partition , from any installed version of Linux, the live CD will mount and use the swap partition.

    Also, as Locke_99GS and Joeb454 indicated, reading the drive is not the same as altering it.

    The Ubuntu CD will not alter your hard drive unless you tell it to (yes, you can manually use the live CD to save or delete files to the hard drive). No alterations will be made in any kind of an automatic or automated fashion.
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    Re: just tried ubuntu live cd and it used hdd when loading why?

    I believe the disk tries to mount all the partions on your harddrives, so you have access to them from the live cd.

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    Re: just tried ubuntu live cd and it used hdd when loading why?

    Yeppers, that's what I was thinking too that it was just making the hdd available to you if you wanted to write files to it or basically have access to it.

    No harm no foul.

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    Re: just tried ubuntu live cd and it used hdd when loading why?

    cool thanks every1 for the answers.

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    Re: just tried ubuntu live cd and it used hdd when loading why?

    The HDD light lights up when using the CD-ROM on my computer FYI.

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