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I've just replaced the harddrive on my mac and was hoping to swap directly to UBUNTU as my OS. Can this be done? If so, can it be done from a usb written by a windows computer?

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possible duplicate of How to create a Mac bootable live Linux USB on Windows? –  K7AAY Jan 6 at 23:48
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This is not a good duplicate. –  don.joey Jan 7 at 14:03
    
yes it can..... –  Seth Jan 7 at 16:54

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Yes. The unetbootin utility, which runs on all three operating systems, creates a LiveUSB you can use on a Mac. Install Unetbootin on your Windows machine and create the USB-Stick from there. It will create a USB-Stick your MacBook will be able to boot from, as per Mad Mike here.

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Please see: How to create a bootable USB stick on Windows | Ubuntu

You will need to boot from the USB drive, then just install to the new HDD as normal.

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Well i'm not sure if you put Ubuntu directly into it and then boot it. i suggest you create a bootable flashdisk from Windows then boot it on your mac.So the installer can automatically configuring the hardware

Some apps for creating Bootable Flashdisk from Windows

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