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I downloaded Ubuntu from the web, its a 700MB .ISO file; I transfered this file to a CD-R and to a thumb drive. I am trying to load on a notebook which has a DoD-erased hard drive; it comes up with No Operating System found, I cannot get it to load from the .ISO file on USB thumb drive or the burned disk. How do I get the OS loaded, if I copy it directly from my thumb drive to the unpartitioned, blank hard drive will that work? Thank you!

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marked as duplicate by Uri Herrera, Basharat Sialvi, user68186, aquaherd, Mitch May 30 '13 at 17:54

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Please see How do I install Ubuntu – Uri Herrera May 30 '13 at 2:18

Is it 700KB or 700MB?
If you trying to install using USB you have to make .ISO boot-able on there. Download UNETBOOTIN from here.
Or if you burn in DVD(latest Ubuntu need DVD) you should burn it as an image file.
Now restart and install from boot menu.
Copying to the blank hard drive is not useful.

How to use UNETBOOTIN:
1. Connect a usb pen-drive with your PC
3. Select 'Diskimage' option and from 'browse' option navigate to the .iso file where it resides on your hard drive
4. select it and create.(On the bottom destination drive will be selected automatically. Make sure that's the correct usb drive)
It automatically extract and make the usb drive bootable. Wait and when it complete it should tell you to restart.

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~700MB :) Trying UNETBOOTIN, do I copy that onto the USB thumb drive with the Ubuntu .iso file or do I need only the UNETBOOTIN file for the entire OS? – Jack Weber May 30 '13 at 2:22
See the edited answer. – Nabil May 30 '13 at 2:35
Oh. Ubuntu is not an OS, apparently I need to load an OS first then load Ubuntu. – Jack Weber May 30 '13 at 16:32
Why Ubuntu is not an OS? Ubuntu is a Linux based operating system. – Nabil May 30 '13 at 17:08

If you want to want to boot from the CD-Rom without messing around with UNETBOOTIN, you can:

  1. put the iso file on the CD

  2. change the options of the bootloader so that the CD is the first thing to load

  3. follow the installation prompt, choosing your harddrive as the install location

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put the iso file on the CD - This doesn't make it automatically bootable. – Uri Herrera May 30 '13 at 2:56
ah ok my mistake – user130349 May 30 '13 at 3:02

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