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IanHarper 08-08-2009 05:46 PM

Formated hard drive, runing ubuntu cd cant install, get fedora 11 to boot from hard d
Hears the story, i formatted my hardrive by misktake the only thing i have is a ubuntu 9.03 live cd that i cant install, how can i get fedora 11 to boot from my hard drive, im a novice on linux this is the first time iv ever used it

GlennsPref 08-08-2009 07:40 PM

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how can i get fedora 11 to boot from my hard drive
Do you the cdrom to install Fedora? Is fedora installed?

If so you may need to reinstall grub (the boot loader).

Have you tried to recover the formatted partitions with testdisk or photorec? Not easy!

regards Glenn

IanHarper 08-08-2009 07:46 PM

nothing is intalled i have the iso image of fedora 11, but dont know how to do it, i have no cd drive cause its in use using ubuntu

GlennsPref 08-08-2009 07:58 PM

Try tho get the ubuntu live cd to load to ram.

with the live cd loaded to ram you may be able to change the cd,

and mount the iso and install from there.

But I would rewrite (burn) the iso to a cdrom.

Maybe with k3b or some burning program, as image.

Then reboot from that fedora cd. and install.

this might help....

this might shed some light on the subject...

Or maybe the live cd has a cheat-codes file you can

view to see what the cheat is to load to ram.

then you may, something like...

mount -t iso9660 -o loop livecd-i686-installer-2008.0-r1.iso /media/hd
cheers, Glenn

IanHarper 08-08-2009 08:58 PM

when i try to copy the files onto my hard dissk i get a imput/ouput error, same as i get when i try and install

GlennsPref 08-08-2009 09:04 PM

Hi, where is the fedora iso?

On the harddrive? cdrom disk?

You'll need to describe what you are doing and what you have done.

Because I can't see your system. there are many options and alternatives.

More info. Please write as much as you can, describing the commands you are using,

and what is currently running on the system.

regards Glenn

IanHarper 08-08-2009 09:12 PM

i have no installed os on my pc, i am running a live cd of ubuntu. i cant istall it to my hardrive because i get a input/output error, on the live cd i downloaed fedora.iso to my hard drive but i just cant seam to get fedora.iso to boot off my hadrive(i dont know how i tryed online but noting seams to work cause i cant load a boot drive onto it).i have a 4gb usb key, blank cds and a hardive, i cant burn any cds cause i hace to run ubuntuf the cd. It dosent have to be fedora as long as i can get an os onto my har drive. im using commands that im getting off the internet kije formatting in terminal and trying to ad a boot driver

GlennsPref 08-08-2009 10:00 PM

Have you tried loading the ubuntu-live cd to ram?

This is probably the only way.

the usb stick may be of help, but

What you need to do is burn that fedora iso to a bootable cdrom.

then reboot with it instead of the live cd.

that should begin the installation of fedora-core onto your PC.

I realise that when you reboot you may not save your settings and any changes,

but you could use the usb stick for a temporary /home dir.

but how large is the iso, will it fit on the usb drive?

If so copy it there first.

When the live cd begins to boot you should get a menu, and a choice of how to boot.

F1 or something, then you may be able to type "toram" and the live cd will load in to the RAM of your pc.

From there you should be able to remove the cdrom and use k3b to burn the iso to cd as an image.

This should create a bootable fedora cd.

When you get the chance, make a home partition as well as a root (/) and swap.

This will give you some security if you have to install something else in the future.

You won't have to format /home when or if you need to re-install sometime later.

See how you go.

cheers Glenn

IanHarper 08-10-2009 10:48 PM

its all change now i went into the shop and got linux mag and fedora 11 was on the thisk and it installed without a hitch, thanks a mill for you help, much apriciated, thanks for the fast replies to.

Chears Ian

GlennsPref 08-10-2009 11:09 PM

All good!

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