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I'm currently using a dual boot Windows Vista and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Wubi install) and I was wondering how to completely wipe the hard drive and install Ubuntu 12.04 LTS standalone.

PS. my computer has a S.M.A.R.T warning on it, removing the USB boot feature, and I don't have the ability to obtain blank DVD's.

So can I use unetbootin or something similar? I really need help, because Vista only runs in recovery mode.

Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders, total 312581808 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xc5e4cda2

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1            2048    12840959     6419456   27  Hidden NTFS WinRE
/dev/sda2   *    12840960   312576704   149867872+   7  HPFS/NTFS/exFAT

Disk /dev/sdb: 4007 MB, 4007657472 bytes
5 heads, 32 sectors/track, 48921 cylinders, total 7827456 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00000000

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdb1   *        8064     7827455     3909696    b  W95 FAT32
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Download the ISO of 12.04 from the Ubuntu website and use Unetbootin to create the USB.

Then boot into the Live CD and what I would do here is open up gparted and just delete all the partitions and make new one in the format of EXT4.

The just install Ubuntu as normal, selecting the "use entire HDD" option.

Hope it helps.

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i'm trying to make a livecd, usb doesn't work, and whenever i write with bransero or whatever its named, this error pos up "scsi error on write(23856, 16): [5 21 02] Invalid address" any help? –  Nick Jul 6 '13 at 7:44
    
I would format you USB using gparted the you can try using the CLI and the dd command. So if you run: sudo dd if=/path/to/image.iso of=/dev/sdX. Change X for the letter of you drive. You can get this from gparted –  BiggJJ Jul 6 '13 at 8:03
    
S.M.A.R.T. warning disables the choice to boot from usb for some reason, and i can't figure out how to get rid of it? Please help with that too. –  Nick Jul 6 '13 at 8:09
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@BiggJJ - please update your answer - its very difficult to follow what the current situation is with regards to your answer. –  fossfreedom Jul 7 '13 at 22:05
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@Nick - the way we respond to queries and suggestions is by editing your question with what you have tried. Please do so now - and then we can tidy up by deleting this very lengthy comment thread. Thanks. –  fossfreedom Jul 7 '13 at 22:06
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Here you can see a few ways to install Ubuntu.

For example "This HOWTO describes the steps required to start an installation of Ubuntu over the network. This is useful, for example, if you have an old machine with a non-bootable CD-ROM."

After you have the installation going on, you can can chose to install Ubuntu alone.

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Thanks, i'll look into it, if i can't boot from cd, precise barely fit onto a standard 700mb cd –  Nick Jul 6 '13 at 8:26
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Can you clean install ubuntu (clean install, complete wipe ) if using Wubi?

While using Wubi, no. While using Windows, no. Using a Live CD/USB, yes.

how to completely wipe the hard drive and install Ubuntu 12.04 LTS standalone

Just while installing tell the installer to use your full Hard Disk, that will remove anything and will install Ubuntu.

my computer has a S.M.A.R.T warning on it, removing the USB boot feature, and I don't have the ability to obtain blank DVD's.

Depending of the message, this means that your hard drive is failing or almost failing, or you can ignore it. Remember to always have backups at hand.

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