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Old 03-21-2011, 12:56 AM   #1
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I am very new to Linux. Brand new. How can I install Ubuntu from my download folder? I have an .iso file. Also, I am wanting to install Ubuntu on an external hard drive.

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These commands are executed at the Terminal and are done as root or using "sudo"

Insert your USB stick/device and learn how it is recognized by the system.
To do so, enter the command:

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sudo ls -/dev/disk/by-id/*usb* 
in the commands below, sdX is what was returned at end of first line from command above (usually sdb or sdc or etc)

Unmount the USB device:

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sudo umount /dev/sdX 
Go to directory where ISO file is -- in your case:

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cd /home/username/Downloads 

Then install to USB device using dd command:

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dd if=image.iso of=/dev/sdX 
Welcome! & Best wishes!

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Old 03-21-2011, 01:21 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by robinhensley View Post
I am very new to Linux. Brand new. How can I install Ubuntu from my download folder? I have an .iso file. Also, I am wanting to install Ubuntu on an external hard drive.

Even though Hilyard has answered your question really well I feel that we need to ask you what is your current operating system? By your icon it is Windows 7, is that correct? If it is you will need to ignore much of what was just posted because Windows wont recognise the commands.

If I were you I would go to this page and follow the instructions contained within it. Note because you already have the iso image you will not need to do step 1.
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I suggest you tell us how good your computer is. I would tell most people that a free virtual machine would be the most easy way to try linux. Second or equal to that would be maybe running from the cd or live usb.

If you want you can go to for ways to install that iso to an external usb drive. Be warned that it is not as safe to a very new person's computer.

A virtual machine like VirtualPC, Virtualbox or VMplayer is a program like works or office or any windows application except that it is a computer that runs in a window. You simply tell where the iso file is and answer a few questions about ram and such and press the run button. It keeps your windows 7 safe from disaster as you may need that. You can save the virtual hard drives on your external drive in a file form or if advanced in the entire disk.

Let us know what OS you have to be sure and how much ram and the processor you have.

Of course you can use wubi to put that iso on an external disk too.
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This is an article I used and had luck with it. It has been a while ago and do not remember which version I used but think it was 9.?.

grub2 tutorial
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