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Old 03-25-2011, 04:23 PM   #1
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format hard drives for Linux


what are all the options
dos- ect! to format a HD.
for the Linux platform is
there not a way to load
Linux out side of a Windows
program .
 
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Old 03-25-2011, 04:39 PM   #2
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Can you please do me a favor and re-write your question so we can understand what you are trying to say? Thanks for understanding,

Josh
 
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Old 03-25-2011, 04:42 PM   #3
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Hello bknab,

welcome to LQ.

Most distributions will format the HD for you.

Otherwise you could use a live CD with gparted, see http://gparted.sourceforge.net/.
 
Old 03-25-2011, 05:38 PM   #4
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i have a zero filled Western Digital
WD 400 i think its 40 gigs also a
Ubuntu 10.4 cd -the cd will not boot to the HD _
i think the HD needs to be formated, what
is the best format to use to boot and
load Ubuntu Linux to this HD can this be
done without loading a MS Windows system -
Thanks
 
Old 03-25-2011, 05:46 PM   #5
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Yes, there are resources all over the web for this. You can just burn Ubuntu to disc, plop it in, and you can go from there.
 
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Use a live CD with gparted as already answered.

What do you mean by the sentence 'the cd will not boot to the HD'? A CD doesn't need a HD to boot.

Maybe you should set up your computer's BIOS so that it boot on the CD first not on the HD
 
Old 03-25-2011, 05:50 PM   #7
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Quote:
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Ubuntu 10.4 cd -the cd will not boot to the HD _
i think the HD needs to be formated, what
is the best format to use to boot and
load Ubuntu Linux to this HD can this be
done without loading a MS Windows system -
bknab,
See this tutorial for creating a bootable Ubuntu CD that you can boot from to install Ubuntu onto the hard drive: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BurningIsoHowto
Be sure to burn the CD at the slowest possible speed for best results and to prevent errors.

See this site for help on getting started with Ubuntu: http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/
And you can get the free Ubutnu manual from here: http://ubuntu-manual.org/
Write back if yo uneed more help.

And welcome to the LQ forums!

Last edited by tommcd; 03-25-2011 at 05:59 PM.
 
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Old 03-25-2011, 06:45 PM   #8
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bknab, are you using Ubuntu via Wubi install perhaps?
If you want to install Ubuntu natively, (i.e: directly to it's own partition) You should put the install disk into your optical drive's tray, then restart your system. Depending on your BIOS settings, you may need to enter your boot order menu, or change the boot order in the BIOS settings.
 
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