View Full Version : [ubuntu] hard drive is dying/dead. Possible to boot with live cd?

November 24th, 2008, 10:04 PM
Skip to the end for the meat of the question.

My hard drive on this laptop is dying as far as I can tell. Windows still boots but behaves poorly, reporting 100GB in use when only 60GB is actually being used, not always loading GUI or applets, just being slow, and a host of other things. I ran checkdisk and it took like 4-5 hours on the 120 GB drive and didn't actually report a problem.

Anyway, I thought I would try to get some decent use out of the machine with an ubuntu live cd before I confirmed the hard drive problem and replaced it, but I cannot boot from the live cd or even load the install. The error I get is something about bad logical blocks on my drive. Is there a boot option to ignore a failing hdd?

November 25th, 2008, 11:07 PM
I resolved this. It turns out my Vista filesystem was corrupted and the cd I used was also bad so now I'm sitting pretty on a new 8.10 install.

November 25th, 2008, 11:12 PM
Congratulations :popcorn:

Now could you please write a 'How-To' document telling us how you did it ?
Many thanx