Ubuntu Installation :: How To Reinstall - Completely Erase My Hard Drive And Install 10.04 On Again Fresh

Aug 29, 2010

I would like to completely erase my hard drive and install Ubuntu 10.04 on again fresh. I think some files have become corrupted from a power cut that I had last night whilst the laptop was plugged in (and turned on).

I'm not bothered about completely wiping the hard drive since there are no important files on it (at most there are just a lot of packages I downloaded from the repro...) I don't have any Windows installations either - it's just a simple; wipe the hard drive and reinstall all over again case

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Ubuntu :: Completely Wipe Hard Drive And Reinstall?

Aug 15, 2010

So in essence, my drive has become a cluster of random partitions, multiple Ubuntu installs, and random windows systems. It's gotten so bad that on my entire 250gb system my main Ubuntu install only gets 40gb of memory. Could anybody give me a step by step guide to do the following:

1. Completely wipe and departition my disc.
2. Install Ubuntu from a backup .tar file
3. Install a 40gb windows 7 partition

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Apr 6, 2011

I had a laptop with a partition for windows and linux, but I decided to thorw away the partition for windows and add it to the linux partition. So i read this was possible with gparted, burned a cd, deleted the windows partition and resized the linux partition to the full space.

GParted did it work, but when it was nearly finished it said it failed. When I rebooted the laptop, it gave me hard disk errors of the type: DRDY ERR UNC. I couldn't solve the problem, so I wanted to clear the whole disk. I have been trying to accomplish this with the Debian boot CD, but it says it can't do that anymore. How to completely erase my hard disk?

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Apr 28, 2011

I will be installing Natty using the alternative CD.My system has a separate Home partition.Do I need to erase the contents of the Root and Home partition with gparted or similar,prior to the fresh installation of Natty or will the installer take care of all that automatically?

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May 25, 2010

i installed the new ubuntu on my system as a side by side installation, i've been using it for about 2 weeks now. ported over or found linux equivalents of any applications and games i use onto my ubuntu partition, and now i've decided i want to have ubuntu use the entire drive and just delete windows! The problem is, i'm not sure if i can do that I shrank my windows partition half a gig and booted lupu (the ubuntu partitioner wasn't even showing this half a gig of free space) to see if i could just extend my linux partition (in the case that this did work, i was just planning on deleting my windows partition and just extending my linux to the full size of my drive). I really want to avoid a full reformat of the drive because i have customized my ubuntu a decent bit and i don't want to have to redo all of that (not to mention the data, but i could always back that up on an external hdd). Here is a screenie of gparted: i don't really know too much about partitioning. so is there any way to remove windows and give linux the rest of the drive without having to completely reinstall ubuntu?

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Jun 18, 2011

I got 8.10 to load and run on my set up, got disc burned ready for fresh install but won't boot from disc? erasing the drive is no issue so no problem there, i at least have a taste for this now and are liking it.is there a way to erase the hard drive, to get the disc to boot so i can install a supported version? i have kubuntu 11.04 ready to go.from playing on this kde version am really impressed and like this.smokes windows all to pieces, though i like my games for window too

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Jun 3, 2011

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error: hd0 out of disk.
grub rescue>

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Dec 19, 2010

I bought a new 2.5 inch SATA laptop hard drive and mounted it in an external enclosure for use as an external backup drive. I had a whale of a time getting it formatted (ref post), but finally did by putting the bare drive into a laptop and used Ubuntu to partition and format as part of installing. Then I remounted the bare drive back into the enclosure and sure enough now I can now see the drive.

So now I want to erase the files from the backup drive. Problem is, Ubuntu won't let me delete or add any files. In Nautlis, if I select the files and "right click", Move to Trash is grayed out. If I press the delete button, nothing happens. If I try to copy a new file to the backup drive it says "permission denied". If I go into the Properties .> Permissions for the drive everything is grayed out so I can't change the permission. It also says "You are not the owner so you cannot change permissions".

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Jun 22, 2011

After installation, when starting to boot, I have several choices showing:

1)Ubuntu, w/ Linux 2.6.38-8-generic pae
2)Ubuntu, w/ Linux 2.6.38-8-generic pae (Recovery Mode)
3)Memory test (memtest 86+)
4)Memory test (memtest 86+, serial console 115200
5)Windows Server 2003 For Small Business Server (on /dev/sdd1)

I used #1 and I only have a blank screen.
I used #2 and I went into recovery mode, but I keep getting the error message: "No root
file system is defined. Please correct this from the partition.

I just want to erase all of numbers 1 to 5 and start clean. what should I do?

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Jan 15, 2010

i have ubuntu 9.04 i want to know if i can do a partition base on what i have right now cause when i installed ubuntu i didnt do the partition to install windows so i want to do it now or in any case how can i reinstall ubuntu again without loosing my data store in my hard drive what is best to be perform in my pc i am very happy with ubuntu and wanna keep with it but sometimes a have some app in windows

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Oct 8, 2010

I'd like the final layout to have a Windows partition (will start out as XP and will become Win7 when I can afford yet another copy), a partition for Ubuntu, and a shared Data partition that I can use for all my files between both OSs. I think this should be fairly straight forward with Linux on a Primary partition with / and swap. Only thing is, from what I've read (and yes I know this is a bit old school) it might be a good idea to put in a /Home partition so that I can reinstall new upgrades and maintain settings. But I don't want to max out my 4 primary partitions so I can use a 4th partition as a kind of sandbox for OS testing without using VirtualBox all the time.

This leaves me in need of some advice, I've never used Fdisk and I was planning on just using the Ubuntu installer to do all of this, but I don't know if I can create /Home as a logical partition in the main Ubuntu partition and still have the benefit of being able to reformat /root without losing /Home. I might have just confused myself, because no matter how many guides and How Tos I read I still don't really get extended partitions, I understand logical vs. primary but extended is...confusing. I need the Ubuntu partition to be bootable, so it needs to be a primary partition...I think. Unless I can have: /boot, /, swap, and /Home...

Also, if Ubuntu can read NTFS, and Win7 can read Ext3, what should a do with /Data? Or should I just go with FAT32 and be done with it. (It's a big HDD btw, 640 GB, so /Data will be fairly large)

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Aug 22, 2010

I installed ubuntu using a flash stick and I must have done it wrong as I cannot get access to the internet (to install more stuff)so I have to start over. I have searched but still don't know how to do it. Do I delete all the ubuntu files on mhy flash stick and then insert it in the drive or do I enter something at the command line?

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Jan 30, 2011

I'm using Ubuntu 10.04 and my HDD is failing. Is there a way to simply transfer my old install to a new HDD without having to do a fresh reinstall?

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Sep 3, 2010

I've installed open suse with no problems however I accidentally put my root folder on an external HD. I want to have my root on a partition of my main drive so I can continue to dual boot windows. Is there a way to move root so I don't have to completely reinstall and set up all my packages and stuff again.I assume to do this I need to use the installation disk again and fix it before boot up but should I partition my main drive first. I'm being intentionally cautious as there is data I'd rather not lose on there.

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Ubuntu :: 9.10 Completely Wiped Windows From Hard Drive?

Nov 13, 2009

I dual boot with Ubuntu and Windows, and I just about an hour ago upgraded to 9.10 from Jaunty. After I restarted my computer two versions of Ubuntu could be booted, Windows was not on the GRUB menu. I am new to programming, and am completely clueless as to why this happened, and how I can fix this.

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Jul 20, 2010

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Sep 2, 2010

What will be an easy and reliable way to completely erase a hard drive excluding with a hammer.I have several 40G IDE Hard drives, running Linux or Windows, for disposal. A friend of mine needs them. I want completely erase all data before delivering them to him. Googling "How to completely erase a hard drive" brought me many suggestion.

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Mar 11, 2010

Due to lack of concentration, I inadvertantly ran PClinux(2009-2)'s "install.sh" while I was in openSuse 11.1. This file says:

grub --device-map=/boot/grub/device.map --batch <<EOF
root (hd0,6)
setup --stage2=/boot/grub/stage2 (hd0,6)

I soon found out that Suse 11.1 would no longer boot from boot.ini (using bootpart) because the boot process now brings up PCLOS (in /dev/sda6) rather than Suse 11.1 sitting in /dev/sda5. No problem, I thought, I'll boot from the Suse install DVD, use repair, and away I go. Wrong. After grinding, it started mentioning about generating something for sda13, which is my last partition. NTFS! So I bailed before it got too far. I even tried "rescue" option on the DVD, command prompt, and grub commands to reinstall via "setup.

Then I tried to use Super Grub Disk (.97xx) to reinstall the PBR, stage 1 and stage 2 loaders. Didn't change a thing. So then I used Grub4DOS and got into my Suse 11.1 installation using this in its menu.lst:
title openSUSE 11.1 -


Worked fine, and is now my (only) method of booting to 11.1. So obviously it's bypassing stage 1 and 2 files, using it's native Grub4DOS code. But then I tried Yast-Bootloader to reinstall Grub's files. No difference. Then I used the advanced part to "write bootloader code to disk" No difference. Even tried "propose a new boot scheme" (or whatnot) no difference. After looking at all this, I've come to the conclusion that the PBR code in sda5 is scraunched, and/or stage 1 code (although it's still the original date), or stage 2 (which definitely had a new timestamp of when I committed the fatal error by executing PCLOS's "install.sh".

So my question is this: How do I do a good COMPLETE re-install of Suse's version of the grub files? Because, for sure, grub commands like "setup --stage2=/boot/grub/stage2 (hd0,5), and variations thereof, certainly aren't doing it? My reasoning is that I should make sure that all the boot files get restored/confirmed as "originally installed by Suse".

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Ubuntu :: Re-installing Itself On The Hard-drive, Completely Ignoring The SD Card?

Feb 9, 2011

I got a laptop from a friend. For some reason, it loaded the grub off of an SD card (He was running Xubuntu), so I tried re-installing Ubuntu itself on the hard-drive, completely ignoring the SD card. It wont work. The guy who sold the laptop to me took a look at it, and he's alright with Linux, but he can't figure out what's wrong with it. I tried adding my own partition tables, and they look something like this:

sda1 / 20G
sda2 /home 130G
sda3 SWAP 10G

I know it's more swap than I should have, but I plan on upgrading the RAM.Anyways, we're both completely lost. I think we want it to load a grub menu at this point because one isn't loading.

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Ubuntu :: How To Erase And Reinstall Grub

Oct 11, 2010

Several moths ago I installed Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat alfa3 in a newly created partition while I was using Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx. After I installed the 10.10 alfa3, I realized that it also installed its grub. Moreover that grub could not detect the kernel updates of 10.04. Thus, I recovered the grub of 10.04 via live CD. Interestingly after I returned the grub of 10.04 the boot time of 10.04 has considerably increased.

For example, the Ubuntu splash screen appears 20 seconds after selecting Ubuntu in Grub menu. I thought that a fresh installation for 10.10 final release would solve the problem but it seems that I'm still getting the same boot time until the splash screen is the same. It seems that I need a fresh installation of Grub. The methods that are introduced following url are just recovers Grub. I need to erase and reinstall the Grub. [URL]

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Ubuntu :: Erase It And Reinstall Windows Xp

May 2, 2011

job installing windows XP and a partion ubuntu (?) on my desktop compooper. telling him i have no knowledge of ubuntu, he still isntalled it. I am giving this computer to my parents, and want to just put Windows XP on it. here is what a half *** job means, windows XP doesn't have the sound and ethernet driver. he couldn't find them to install them onto the computer...and i keep getting errors all over the place when i try and do things on ubuntu.

I downloaded Windows XP Professional 64bit Corporate yesterday and burned it to a CD. Restarted the computer so it will boot but it just keeps going to the screen asking which system I want to log in to. NOW HERE IS THE KICKER.... when i try to go onto the windows XP side, it is coming up with an error that says I need to activate windows. when i click yes, it says i have already activated. when i click on the user it repeats what i just stated. so now i can't even get into the windows xp side.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Backing Up Installed Software For Fresh Reinstall

May 21, 2010

I have been using Ubuntu for three years and haven't had a problem upgrading until Karmic Koala, it broke my system twice, not fataly, though.I am currently using Jaunty and wish to upgrade to Lynx. My question is, "Can and how do I backup my current installed software so that I can install it on to Lynx withoug having to install each program again?" Would Clonezilla do this? I am not a technical user but I have learned how to use the command line so I would be willing to go that route as well as a GUI application.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Boot Loader Get Wiped If Did A Fresh Install Of Window 7 To The Drive?

May 23, 2010

I want to properly install Unbuntu on my multi boot pc. I would like to install to E partition which is currently ntfs. I have never installed Linux. What drive should the boot loader go? I can format E partition during install? Does it still need a swap file partition? If so, can that be made from E partition? How big? I'd like to have a boot menu to choose Ubuntu or a choice that takes me to the windows boot loader. Would that boot loader get wiped if I did a fresh install of 7 to the I drive? Also, what would be the proper way to upgrade Ubuntu? I see a lot of post where people are doing it wrong.

Here is my drives layout. Should install Ubuntu to my SSD J drive instead? I tried the live CD. Seems to work well. I have a Asus Max Formula MB, Phenom II 6core, ATI 4870. MB has a built in Via sound card. Not sure if that was working.

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Mar 9, 2011

For several days I have tried to create a new raid5 array, after accidently blowing up the old one.But it seems that the raid data was burned into the harddisks ineradicably. I keep seeing the raid data that was used for the old array. I have tried everything to remove the old data, even installed a new distro but still I see the old data.My last hope is to erase the disks with a lowlevel tool to make a clean start.

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Aug 10, 2010

I dont want to wipe the whole drive, and i don't want to delete only particular files. I want to completely destroy all data in free space.I've found some articles about secure-delete package for linux that would allow erasing freespace with the command 'sfill,' but I can't find it in the repositories nor through google. This would be ideal but it seems maybe it's debian only.

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Feb 27, 2010

I just installed a Caviar Black 1TB drive, did a new installation of Ubuntu 9.10. I do not have access to the internet on this computer, and was wondering if there is a way to get my old settings/files off the old drive onto the new?

Since it is a new install on the 1TB disk, I have no MP3 codec, so I can't play my music...this is bugging me, so I would at least like to get that capability back.

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Feb 20, 2010

I've got a computer where Comodo Time Machine totally wiped out the hard drive..Now when I try to boot up it says I have a registry problem..K, I thought I might be able to save my files, etc., by installing Ubuntu 9.04 to recover them..I put in the disk and Ubuntu booted up fine..I first tried to run Ubuntu without any changes to the computer..It keepsscrolling, fast at first then slows down and it says things like 1238.50734 sr 1:0:0:0:[sr0] Add.Sense:No seek complete or the number and beside it buffer I/O error on device sr0 logical block..The numbers started out in the 600's with basically the same thing but with logical block 321537..I tried to do an install, and it did the same thing..Does anybody know what this is and is there a fix or am I just spit out of luck and my hard drive is nrecoverable..I just did the check disk for errors and it found errors in 2 files.

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Jul 27, 2011

I have a setup with 3 hard drives. The first hard drive has windows 7 and is a solid state, for my fast computing needs. The second hard drive has another copy of windows 7 on one partition and Ubuntu 11.04 on another (and SWAP space).The third hard drive is just storage.Grub is installed on the first(SSD) hard drive, as well as the MBR (master boot record) for the two windows installs (select win7 in grub, then it lets me select which windows install to boot).Now I want to get rid of my solid state drive, and just run from the second hard drive with dual boot.How can I install a new MBR on the second hard drive without having to re-install both OS's?I've tried removing the first hard drive and using bootrec.exe to re-write the MBR and it will not work.I can install grub, and it boots to ubuntu but when I try windows 7 it says there is no MBR.

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Apr 8, 2010

is there a way to install Ubuntu -from- an external hard drive. For example, let's say, you have a complete Ubuntu system with everything (no need to download additional packages/softwrae/etc anymore) , but you can't use remastersys to create an ISO with it because it is way over 10GB in size. Much larger than any DVD you could burn that newly created ISO to.. (besides remastersys is limited to the size of a DVD-r anyways)

Maybe someone has tried this before? Someone has created a dedicated large hard drive that is essentially the same thing as a ubuntu installation usb flash drive, to boot from an then install Ubuntu onto another "new" hard drive? I think it would be nice to have a hard drive (external usb or even better, an internal hdd drive i could hot swap to each new computer I have that I wish to install it onto.. ) And I think it would be so much faster to install from a Sata internal HDD drive than a USB pendrive or a cd/dvd rom, right?

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Jun 23, 2010

An upgrade %100 pwnd my system: I performed an upgrade to Lucid from Karmic and I lost my keyboard input and sound etc etc etc. I then made a Karmic boot-run/install CD, & a USB startup stick. I then backed up my important information on flashdrives etc. At this point in time I have 2 partitions one with my old user account & info on it, and the other as a new (re)installed Karmic partition. My question is: What is the procedure for:

a) formatting the drive,
b) not keeping the 2 partitions, and
c) re-installing Ubuntu (karmic) back onto it?

I have GParted ( but I can't see how to use it to format ), and I have no clue how to format the Drive from either within the GUI or at the command-line. How do I format & re-install Ubuntu? What is the sequence or steps? I can probably do the re-install intuitively but I'm concerned there may be Ubuntu tricks I don't know about! Also- does this 2 partition thing cause any complications to formatting?? So honestly my question is simply how to format the drive from within the system.

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