Ubuntu USB Boot

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  1. Tanmay
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    Tanmay Banned

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    I got a new laptop and made a Ubuntu USB because it doesn't have a CD Drive. I don't wanna install it on my C:\ drive and I can't use the live disc feature cuz it's not working so how do I partition it. I don't wanna go to diskmgmt.msc and delete the partition and make 2 of 'em because then I'll lose all my Data and windows. I can't back it up in any way [​IMG] Please help [​IMG]
     
  2. Jiggah

    Jiggah GBAtemp Maniac

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    Use GParted, a Linux-based partition manager. It'll partition the drive correctly and move the data so you keep the Windows OS intact. Using Gparted may end up erasing the MBR, you'll need a method of getting into the Windows recovery console.

    To make a bootable Linux usb drive, you should use something like UNetbootin.
     
  3. sylux92

    sylux92 GBAtemp Fan

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    What's the point of a computer without a CD drive? And what kind of laptop is it?
     
  4. piratesmack

    piratesmack GBAtemp Advanced Fan

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    Another option is to use the Wubi installer.

    It installs Ubuntu to a disk image so there's no partitioning required.
    It's also really easy to uninstall if you don't like it.
     
  5. themuddaload

    themuddaload Creepin' hardcore.

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    +1

    that is how i have ubuntu installed on my computer. i did not know about wubi (i havent done anything with linux in a couple of years), and was going to make a live CD
     
  6. Vidboy10

    Vidboy10 Tsardom

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    Don't use wubi. I installed 8.10 with it in December and I used it couldn't install any programs.

    IMO, use a USB.
     
  7. moose3

    moose3 GBAtemp Regular

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    I didn't fully understand the problem... You mentioned having Ubuntu on USB and it was not working to install to re-partition and install to the HD?

    You should be able to have the LiveCD on USB using Unetbootin as mentioned, thus making a LiveUSB.

    However, if the situation was that you had tried this and it didn't work as a 'LiveUSB' then there might be 2 issues:

    1) If your USB drive is over 4 GB, then it might not work as a LiveUSB. My 8 GB stick didn't and I heard others had similar problems, but a 2 GB drive did work. Occasionally it does, but most of the time it fails.

    2) The USB drive occasionally still needs to be formatted as a system disk before running Unetbootin. Start fresh from scratch.

    Good luck.
     
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