View Full Version : [ubuntu] just tried ubuntu live cd and it used hdd when loading why?

April 30th, 2008, 10:05 PM
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?


April 30th, 2008, 10:35 PM
It is gathering information about your drive, it won't change anything on it.

April 30th, 2008, 10:52 PM
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 :)

April 30th, 2008, 10:56 PM
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.

April 30th, 2008, 11:00 PM
I believe the disk tries to mount all the partions on your harddrives, so you have access to them from the live cd.

May 1st, 2008, 01:10 AM
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. :)

May 1st, 2008, 08:06 AM
cool thanks every1 for the answers.

May 1st, 2008, 08:32 AM
The HDD light lights up when using the CD-ROM on my computer FYI.