I am attempting to install/reinstall the Ubuntu/Linux OS onto my laptop but am running into a snag. I am booting from a USB drive and am having issues during the setup, specifically the Installation Type page. According to the directions online, it should be asking me if I want to erase and install the new program. Instead, the window I get is completely blank. If I click on the Install Now button, the message says "no root file system is defined. Please correct this partitioning menu.". I have made 3 boot USB drives, one for Ubuntu 18.06, Ubuntu 18.10, and Xubuntu 16.04. I have attempted to install each one but ran into the same exact problem every time. I don't know what it means and do not know what to do. Can someone please help me?

*Edit:. Went into G parted and took a screenshot.

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    It sounds like either you don't have any hard drive, or it is damaged, or it is not recognized for some other reason. Use the try Ubuntu without installing option from the live USB and within it use Gparted to take a look at your hard drives/SSDs. Take a screenshot and upload it in imgur.com and then edit the question above and add that link to the screenshot in imgur.com. – user68186 Nov 9 '18 at 22:19
  • Ok. I took the screenshot of gparted and posted it. – Awskop W Nov 9 '18 at 22:58
  • The screenshot you posted looks like your CD Drive. Where is the screenshot of your hard drive? – user535733 Nov 9 '18 at 23:35
  • That was the only thing that showed up in g parted. Does that indicate that my ultimate problem has to do with the hard drive? – Awskop W Nov 9 '18 at 23:49
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    Your gparted screenshot includes a dropdown menu ("sda"). Select a different drive there (like "sdb"). If there are no other drives, then you have a hardware issue - broken or missing hard drive. Fix that first. Do not bother attempting to install Ubuntu (or any Operating System) to broken or missing hardware - it won't work. – user535733 Nov 10 '18 at 10:39

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