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    Can you not use a blank cd/dvd?


    Do I need a blank cd/dvd to get Linux? I have a DVD RW with a backup file on it and still 3 gigs of space left.

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    You can use an iso from a usb stick or -with a bit of preparation- establish a pxe install environment.
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    I don't have a usb, answer the question?

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    Well, can you buy one? A 1GByte Usb stick is enough for a cd iso image. And sticks of this size are quite cheap
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    And I wouldnt use a a rewriteable disk wich already contains data to create a linux install media. These are two different usecases
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    No, I can't...

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    Will it still work even with the data?

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    I haven't burned a cd or dvd in several years.
    Plus I believe a bootable session like a linux install needs to be the first session. (If my memory serves me right)

    If there is already data on your re-writeable, then the first session is taken.

    My advice would be to copy this data to another medium and then burn the install iso.
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    Well, as Irithori says. Copy the data back to a drive or somewhere else.

    Because. If you go to burn the Linux image to the disk. The burner is going to pop a message saying there is data on the disk anyhows and that you need to blank it first wiping all data. The it will burn the image to make a bootable disk.

    Which would have answered your original question if you had started or tried the process.
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    Nvm, problem solved. My dad found a clean CD-R laying around with 702 mb, so I got Ubuntu and problem solved.

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