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Installing without DVD

Postby mintgum on Thu Dec 27, 2012 6:41 pm

Hello, I downloaded the ISO and mounted it on a virtual drive using daemon tools, the installation was successfull and it created a dual-boot option, so when I restart my computer, I can choose from either Windows 7 or Linux Mint, however I still havent completed the installation by pressing Install Linux Mint inside the Linux Mint desktop, because some people said it cannot be done and I must have a DVD, so I dont even want to try to install it because I don't want to damage my Windows. Now, I have found an old hard drive so I deleted Linux Mint from Windows and now I want to install Linux on a separate hard drive, but again, I need help , I don't want to damage Windows, is there a guide to installing Linux Mint on a second hard drive without damaging Windows and leaving it as main drive, and, what happened if I pressed on Install Linux Mint without DVD inside?
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Re: Installing without DVD

Postby legit imposter on Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:21 pm

maybe you can use a flashdrive as a substitute 1 GB is more than enough for most.
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/
try it out see if it's what you're looking for
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Re: Installing without DVD

Postby mintgum on Fri Dec 28, 2012 3:44 am

legit imposter wrote:maybe you can use a flashdrive as a substitute 1 GB is more than enough for most.
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/
try it out see if it's what you're looking for

Hi, my motherboard can't reboot from a pendrive, so I wanted to know about using no media at all. I already got into Linux desktop without any media (DVD or pendrive) but I didnt want to complete the installation (by clicking Install Linux Mint on the desktop) because people say it won't work, are you sure that it won't work? I mean I am already inside Linux and without using DVD, what do you think will happen if I try to complete the installation? :?: :shock: :?:
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Re: Installing without DVD

Postby Orbmiser on Fri Dec 28, 2012 3:56 am

It Will Install in your Windows Partition not seprate partition or another 2nd Hardrive.
It Will not be a unique and seprate OS installation. But rather installed within the Windows partition.
Installing in Window partitions means making sure you have enough space.
Also if your Windows partition fails or becomes corupted So also your Linux Wubi install

If my Windows partition becomes corrupt or no longer boots to OS I can still boot to my Linux partition which is separate.
Ask about this when I first started here.

Wubi (mint4win) and triple boot Thread
http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=115021

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Re: Installing without DVD

Postby mintgum on Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:10 am

Is there a way to do the primary installation inside Windows ( like I did ), but when inside Linux, click Install Linux Mint, and choose the second hard drive, and somehow the data of the Linux installation will be transfered from the Windows drive to the empty hard drive ? also, why people say I can't mount the ISO image if I already did and it worked? (well, only the installation inside Windows, never tried to actually complete it inside Linux desktop)
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Re: Installing without DVD

Postby Orbmiser on Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:16 am

Mint4win/Wubi creates a large root.disk file on the NTFS partition specified by you. It uses this root.disk as the container which holds the Linux filesystem, ext4 as a rule.

And there is NO Workaround if You want to install on 2nd separate linux dedicated partition or 2nd hardrive then you cannot use the Wubi method to do it. If it could be done that way. We wouldn't need a Live DVD or usb key to boot from.

But am no expert so if someone else has a way for him to do it please chime in.
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Re: Installing without DVD

Postby mintgum on Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:17 pm

In the user guide they say you can get an image for CD and not DVD, where do I get an image for CD?
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Re: Installing without DVD

Postby zerozero on Fri Dec 28, 2012 9:57 pm

mintgum wrote:you can get an image for CD and not DVD
the latest releases of mint don't have cd editions anymore: mint maya 13, mint nadia 14 and lmde don't ship in cd format.
http://www.linuxmint.com/oldreleases.php
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