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Thread: Fresh Ubuntu installation

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2012

    Fresh Ubuntu installation

    After my server crashed, reinstalled Ubuntu, however, nothing worked correct.
    Than I remembered, from a year ago.
    Reinstalling Ubuntu does not clean the previous installation.
    Even when you use that option, erase disk.

    I place this remark there the issue is present for more than a year.

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    Only using Gparted will solve the issues.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    The Left Coast of the USA

    Re: Fresh Ubuntu installation


    I am not sure what you are saying here, as a "Use Entire Disk" does, indeed, write over the entire previous installation. The previous installation is preserved if and only if you chose to have it preserved.

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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Wheeling WV USA
    Xubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver

    Re: Fresh Ubuntu installation

    what i do to force a truly fresh install is to boot up the try+install image (i have a few USB memory sticks ready to go with it, but you can burn it on a DVD, if you prefer), select "try Ubuntu" to get a running Ubuntu system, open a terminal to a shell, the wipe the drive's partition table with the command "dd if=/dev/zero bs=4096 count=256 oflag=sync of=/dev/sda1". be very careful if you have more than one storage device, as a mistake can wipe it or your USB memory stick if you booted from one. then there is nothing to re-use on that device. as an alternate, leave out the count= option to wipe the whole device to be super clean (not enough to meet top-secret requirements).

    i also, then, partition the device my preferred way (i have a script) and use the "something else" option during the install.
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