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Question about Installing OS from Flash Drive


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#1 joetab24

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Posted 20 January 2018 - 10:17 AM

Hi all, a novice with computer here. I appreciate any help you can provide. Here is our situation: My wife's Acer Aspire, with Window's 10, will no longer boot. I have watched a number of YouTube videos, followed their advice, and still can't get it to boot. I want to install a new (free) operating system using a flash drive, but I am running in to some problems.
 
I do not have another PC to download anything to the flash drive that I currently have, but I do have a Mac and a Chromebook. Will I be able to proceed?
 
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Edited by Al1000, 20 January 2018 - 12:08 PM.
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Posted 20 January 2018 - 10:31 AM

no they will not work....you need a windows PC to create the USB stick



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Posted 20 January 2018 - 10:56 AM

One way to create a bootable USB drive using your Mac, is with Unetbootin.

What is the "free operating system" you would like to install?

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Posted 20 January 2018 - 12:05 PM

Thanks for the replies!

 

I would be fine installing Ubuntu.



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Posted 20 January 2018 - 12:09 PM

I'll move this topic to the Linux forum where members can advise on how to proceed.

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Posted 20 January 2018 - 12:13 PM

Is is possible to create a bootlable USB using the Chromebook? Not able to add new programs to this Mac. And no other PC in house.



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Posted 20 January 2018 - 12:14 PM

Is is possible to create a bootlable USB using the Chromebook? Not able to add new programs to this Mac. And no other PC in house.



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Posted 20 January 2018 - 12:25 PM

You can use the Mac's dd terminal command but this is very dangerous because if the wrong target device is selected it will be be written to and data recovery will be impossible. Read the below page twice before attempting the dd command. Make sure you have selected your USB device for the target. 

 

http://osxdaily.com/2015/06/05/copy-iso-to-usb-drive-mac-os-x-command/

 

Edit: Are you trying to use Ubuntu to recover data from the Windows 10 computer or are you going to install Ubuntu knowing that doing this will wipe Windows 10 and all your data if you tell Ubuntu you want only it as the OS and not dual booting with Windows 10. I'm asking this because you say your a novice.


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Posted 20 January 2018 - 12:50 PM

Make sure you download the correct version also, I would get Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS


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Posted 20 January 2018 - 01:07 PM

Apparently you can use the "Chromebook Recovery Utility" but I have never tried this.

 

 

 

You can install any iso file on a USB using Chromebook/ChromeOS.

There's an app called Chromebook Recovery Utility, which it's main purpose is to create a recovery of your chromebook on a USB.

But, it has the Use local image option that can install any iso file on a USB drive. See screencap below.

* In order for the iso to appear in the listed of available images, you'll need to rename the iso file to have the extension .bin.

https://askubuntu.com/questions/278403/how-do-you-make-usb-bootable-on-chromebook


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Posted 20 January 2018 - 01:16 PM

I assume neither laptop has a DVD Drive?


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Posted 20 January 2018 - 01:25 PM

Great, going to try the Chromebook Recovery Tool.



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Posted 20 January 2018 - 01:49 PM

On your Mac you can use Etcher:

 

https://etcher.io/

 

Etcher is a USB linux image creation tool for Mac OSX, Windows and linux

 

You just got to make sure to format the USB drive to FAST32 using the OSX disk utility tool


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Posted 20 January 2018 - 02:18 PM

On your Mac you can use Etcher:

 

https://etcher.io/

 

Etcher is a USB linux image creation tool for Mac OSX, Windows and linux

 

You just got to make sure to format the USB drive to FAST32 using the OSX disk utility tool

Good catch there, Madman.  It's cross-platform, and is available as an AppImage.....which will run anywhere. Not too sure about a Chromebook, though; Google have those locked down tighter than Alcatraz.

 

I've used it myself before now; it does the job, and has a very minimalist interface. Nowt to distract you from the job at hand!

 

 

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Posted 20 January 2018 - 07:05 PM

okay, got the Chrome OS running using CloudReady on a Flash (https://neverware.zendesk.com/hc/en-us). I needed to plug in a mouse. The Acer has a mousepad on it. Do you think it will be possible to get that working using this new OS?

 

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