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I have a Compaq mini 110 netbook with a broken HDD. I replaced the HDD and want to install ubuntu. The netbook does not have an optical drive so i have made a bootable USB. The problem is that when i select the USB to boot from BIOS i get a message to reboot and select a proper device or insert bootable media. Does the HDD has to be formatted first? Any suggestions?

Thanks is advance Simos

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I think the problem is in the usb. did you try "remaking" the live usb again? –  Mina Michael Feb 11 '14 at 14:07
How can i do that? –  user247033 Feb 11 '14 at 14:20
oh nothing, just format the usb stick and do what you've done before again. ...I'll list the steps; first you download the ubuntu iso from ubuntu's website. ubuntu.com/download/desktop . Then use some program such as unetbootin to make the live usb, as described here ubuntu.com/download/desktop/create-a-usb-stick-on-windows . then try booting again. best of luck. feed me back :D –  Mina Michael Feb 11 '14 at 16:20
Dear Mina, already done all these steps you described above. First thing i did was to format the USB (16Gb) in FAT32. Then proceeded with all the rest steps (using unetbootin) but still nothing. Same message appears. –  user247033 Feb 11 '14 at 16:25
I also thought that at the beginning that the netbook might not boot from the USB, but this guy here answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/ubiquity/+question/182365 seem to have done this. Bear in mind that i have correct selected to boot form the USB. All in all there are two options, USB or HDD –  user247033 Feb 11 '14 at 16:37