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I recently was lucky enough to get a laptop for free. The only setback is it had no operating system. I burned ubuntu 12.04 LTS to a disk, and when i boot it in the laptop it loads. I tried installing it a few times, but during the installing process it says there was an input/output error. so after hitting retry a few times it still didnt work so i clicked ignore. While the actual installing process happens it says failed to create swap partition. I dont have any other os on it nor do i think i will (besides ubuntu). If anybody knows how to fix these errors i would be extremely happy.

Thank you in advance for your help

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marked as duplicate by Eric Carvalho, guntbert, Eliah Kagan, belacqua, bcbc Aug 27 '13 at 22:50

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An I/O error when creating a partition suggests a hardware problem -- most likely a dead or dying hard disk. You can test this by running a SMART test with a tool like GSmartControl or smartctl, but the results can be difficult to interpret. You may want to run sudo smartctl -a /dev/sda > output.txt (which generates a report on /dev/sda), post output.txt to a text file-sharing site, and post the link here for interpretation.

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