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This question has a deceivingly simple title but be warned, what i am trying to do is not easy.

What I am trying to attempt to do is to install an OS (QNX) which is basically a dumb unix onto a hard drive. Now the reason i am trying to do this in an odd way is because we only have it on a CD. The computer i want to install it on has no cd-rom driver and only one sata port. It has many usb but a usb to CDROM doesn't work with this OS.

So, what i want to do is use a ubuntu live usb, load it up on the computer with the hard drive. I want to somehow emulate the boot process so that I can install from a virtual iso onto this hard drive.

Any conceptions on how to do this?

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closed as off topic by Alvar, green7, Eric Carvalho, Luis Alvarado Apr 19 '13 at 14:35

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What OS are you trying to install? It could help get answers. – Mackay508 Apr 18 '13 at 7:36
May be impossible on non linux os, there is this poocess to boot certain iso's from grub… and there is qlso thiss device… – Mateo Apr 19 '13 at 0:04

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You might be able to use Virtualbox from the live ubuntu system, tell Virtualbox to use the physical harddrive as its drive in a virtual system, and boot the virtual system with your UNIX installation ISO. This will lead to your UNIX being installed on the target harddrive as if it were installed natively, but because the hardware is actually virtualized you might get some funky driver errors and the like. However, in your situation, that's the only solution I can think of.

You can create custom ubuntu live ISO's using Remastersys. Alternatively, you can put the virtualbox.deb installation file and the ISO on a separate partition, or instead of using a live system, you can install ubuntu onto the USB key like a regular harddrive.

Good luck.

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