(I tried to post this earlier, and got never ending database errors, so I gave up and went to bed. I'm posting it anyway in case someone else needs this help. Glad you were able to get another drive!)

http://linuxbasement.com/content/ins...t-burning-a-cd
Read it through, and ask questions here, if you got any

Yeah, if you used a torrent, it checks for integrity, so it should be fine.

Here's some ideas:
* Are you posting on the forums from the liveCD? Another OS on your computer?
* Boot from CD and run fsck on a terminal. Type fsck --help for more options. If your harddrive is /dev/hda, do fsck /dev/hda.
* Use gParted on the live CD to make the partitions as you wish.
* Download the ubuntu ISO to your net share partition
* Follow the instructions on the link I posted.

Again, make sure to ask here if you don't understand something on the guide!