Solved Ubuntu trying to install to dead hard drive on thinkpad

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Coco767

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Its me again. USB booting Ubuntu on my thinkpad. Note: This is not my Windows XP laptop, its the one with the heat issue.

So, for some reason it thinks 32 and 64 GB flash drives are 2 GB and just hold the iso. And, for some reason, it recognizes the dead hard drive in it, but, of course, cant see the files in it or open the contents of the drive. But when i try and install Ubuntu, to the flash drive, it tries to install to the dead hard drive and just sits there with the loading symbol. Please help!
 

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How did i not think of that? Its so simple.

But theres another issue tho: it thinks that flash drive is only 2 GB, idk how to fix.
 
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Try this:
  1. Insert your USB flash drive into a working computer running Windows.

  2. Open an elevated CMD prompt.

    • To do so, click Start,
    • type cmd
    • right-click cmd.exe and choose "Run as Administrator",
    • then click "Yes" to run the Windows Command Prompt as Administrator

  3. At the DISKPART> prompt, type:

    LIST DISK

    and press [Enter]. Make a note of the number assigned to your USB flash drive.

  4. Type:

    SELECT DISK 2

    and press [Enter]. Diskpart will confirm that "Disk 2 is now the selected disk."

    Note 1: If your USB flash drive is a number other than 2, use it instead.

    Note 2: Make SURE you use the correct number as the next command will delete everything on the selected disk).

  5. Type:

    CLEAN

    and press [Enter]. This will immediately erase everything. There are no warning prompts. If you have existing data on the drive, make sure have a working copy of everything before doing this CLEAN command!

  6. Type:

    CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY

    and press [Enter]. Diskpart will confirm with message of "Diskpart succeeded in creating the specified partition."

  7. Type:

    LIST PARTITION

    and press [Enter] to confirm the new, full-size partition.

  8. Type:

    EXIT

    and press [Enter] to exit Diskpart,

  9. Type:

    EXIT

    and press [Enter] once again to close the CMD window.

  10. You can now format your USB drive by using the standard Windows formatting process.
 

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One problem. It wont list the flash drives even theough the computer recogizes them.
 

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Nevermind... i think i solved it. I used my Puppy Linux VM. It turned out i had to make it unallocated space i think so Ubuntu could format it and install to it. And i also made the mistake of putting the iso on both drives i wanted it on. It then saw it as 2 Gb just holding the iso as live booting and it can't install to that and override the partition it was booting from. Puppy cleared that mess up.

The linux, that is. I mostly use puppy now for Gparted as i have more VMs.
 

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Nevermind... i think i solved it. I used my Puppy Linux VM. It turned out i had to make it unallocated space i think so Ubuntu could format it and install to it. And i also made the mistake of putting the iso on both drives i wanted it on. It then saw it as 2 Gb just holding the iso as live booting and it can't install to that and override the partition it was booting from. Puppy cleared that mess up.

The linux, that is. I mostly use puppy now for Gparted as i have more VMs.
 
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