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I have borked my install several times now, and have had to format and reinstall several times now.

Something happened on the last go that I didn't realize until now.

For whatever reason, Ubuntu decided to format and install to my external hard drive. I had secured my HDD before this. Now, it won't boot (even though it says the name of the drive is ubuntu in my Boot Utilities).

When I try to install Ubuntu from my thumb drive, the utility doesn't recognize my HDD and won't install anywhere.

This is very frustrating. The OS is running slowly off of my external, and I don't want to go back to Windows. I just want to format my HDD and start with a fresh install.

Please let me know if you need further information to help with this fix.

Thank you in advance.

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This might be an odd suggestion but I've had it happen, use a gparted live cd to format the harddrive to ntfs. Then try to install from your external drive. Hope this helps.

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I've borked an install now and then and had to use Gparted to wipe the partition and start over. Confirm Foxi's idea as valid. Your mileage may vary. – K7AAY Nov 22 '13 at 0:26

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