Can I simply put an empty hard drive in a computer that has a failed Windows 7 hard drive and install Ubuntu using an ISO disk?
If so, do I need to do any preparation before putting the clean hard drive in the computer?
1st Timer - wasn't sure whether to amend my original post or comment in one of the answers but thought I would start here.
Just tried installing Ubuntu on the failing hard drive alongside Windows 7 (probably a mistake) and the install apparently didn't take. Now get the following at boot:
error:no such device: 3835639b-a672-4cbd-bc34-a204cbe2d320 Entering rescue mode . . . grub rescue>
When I type
ls after the grub rescue, I get a laundry list of "partitions"?. If I list each one of the partitions after the
ls command, I get:
File system is unknown except for (
hd1,msdos5) which shows
As the hard drive is failing, I don't think I have lost anything - all data was backed up. Now I think my course of action is to remove the current hard drive and put in the empty one. When I do that, can I simply boot using the Ubuntu disc and then install Ubuntu?