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Problem: MacBook hard drive crashed and is ruined. I need to work on a music assignment on a program only available for Mac OS X and Ubuntu, and will not be able to get a new hard drive for the Mac before the assignment is due. I only have non-administrator access to Windows XP and 7 computers. Can I make a USB drive with Ubuntu on it so I can use my MacBook with this? Can I create this from a Windows computer? Please give detailed steps, if possible, for I am a noob when it comes to computers, and especially Linux.

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I have an 8-Gb flash drive. –  Patrick May 4 '12 at 16:45
Possible duplicate: askubuntu.com/q/28495/43660 –  Chan-Ho Suh May 4 '12 at 17:48

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Yes - but don't use the native Windows tool. It is buggy. There are several opensource tools for burning a CD iso onto a USB stick - but if you don't have an admin Windows account this could be a problem.

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Could you suggest any specific programs? –  Patrick May 4 '12 at 16:53

According to Apple:

Intel-based Macs support starting from an external USB storage device's volume that:

  • Has been formatted with a GUID partition type
  • Contains an installation of Mac OS X 10.4.5 or later, or Mac OS X 10.5 or later, which is compatible with (or shipped with) the Mac that the USB device is connected to. Note: You should not use a version of Mac OS X that is earlier ("older") than the version your Mac shipped with.

So booting from a Live USB of Ubuntu with a Mac is not officially supported.

You may, however, try the steps described here (no guarantees!), or alternatively, just boot from a Live CD.

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Sorry for not mentioning it, I have a Macbook 1.1 with the original OS. –  Patrick May 4 '12 at 17:06
and an intel core 2 duo processor. But the link is for working macbooks, which I don't have. I can't boot OS X. –  Patrick May 4 '12 at 17:07
Excellent point! :P Then I would suggest booting from a Live CD; it's much simpler. –  SirCharlo May 4 '12 at 17:13
I'll try that this weekend and let you know how it goes. –  Patrick May 4 '12 at 17:17
Unfortunately, the instructions for booting off USB on that Ubuntu help page have never been known to work. Ironically, the special workaround described for MacBook Air 3,2 doesn't usually work for that model, but works for others. –  Chan-Ho Suh May 4 '12 at 17:47

I would create a Mac bootable USB from Windows.

So I had a bad day yesterday when my Mac crashed and I didn't have a Mac bootable disk/USB. It took me hours to search and find a 'fool-proof' solution to "Create a Mac Bootable USB from Windows"

All of the references I found were about creating a bootable disk from a Mac system, but none discussed it for a Windows setup.

But I finally found a good explanation here.

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Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. –  Eliah Kagan Aug 2 '12 at 17:52

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