Basically what I want to do is install a fresh copy of Ubuntu from Ubuntu. It is an older machine so usb boot doesn't work and I don't see why I need to waste a CD to do it. Currently running Ubuntu 11.10.
I have a 1TB drive and a second 500GB drive for backup. The 1TB drive is partitioned as:
20GB sda1 Windows XP 20GB sda3 Free for new OS ~800GB sda4 Data (ext3) 60GB sda7 /home (ext4) 20GB sda6 / (ubuntu 11.10 ext4) 2GB sda5 swap
After researching I decided that using unetbootin was the best option. I chose Hard Disk (frugal install) and the only option for which disk is "/". That worked and I quickly rebooted into Ubuntu 12.04 live.
Chose to install and picked custom options, set sda3 for / and sda7 for /home. The installer started but hit a wall at detecting other operating systems. It was trying to mount sda6 to find out about the existing os's on the machine, for the purpose of installing grub. And it couldn't umount sda6 because that was currently mounted as cd drive for live cd. I couldn't find an option to make the installer skip this step (I could later fix the grub in 11.10).
I have another drive with 4GB free partition and if I could get unetbootin to install to there it would all work.
So my question is - how do I get unetbootin to install to a different disk for hard-disk install? (I don't think USB Drive mode will work because it will install the grub to that disk - but I might be wrong!)
How to fresh install Ubuntu from Ubuntu?