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I had an old laptop and wanted to install ubuntu onto it, used my other pc running ubuntu to create a startup usb, booted from usb, chose install to hdd, chose erase erase disk and install ubuntu (used to have windows vista) it started installation, got all the way to copying files and then crashed! Said couldn't install because the hdd is read only! So I went into disk utility and formatted the disk and tried again, same thing happened, how do I change the read/write permissions!?!?!?

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Is your Vista hibernated? –  the_Seppi Oct 9 '13 at 16:36
    
Hmmm, in not sure, I haven't used that laptop since I got my new one, just plugged in my pendrive and never thought twice about it! But, I reformatted it, so shouldn't that have removed vista anyway? –  nolanglhr Oct 9 '13 at 22:02
    
I think, the BIOS sets RO if the OS was hibernated. –  the_Seppi Oct 10 '13 at 6:38

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