Two Problems: 1 format a DVD; 2 Copy a Ubuntu instance to the DVD

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  1. Posts : 281
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    Two Problems: 1 format a DVD; 2 Copy a Ubuntu instance to the DVD


    I want to create a fresh start in my old Ubuntu machine with 18.04.

    The machine is very limited. It has been dormant for so long it does not seem to be working properly so I thought I could easily start from scratch using a DVD. Wrong again.

    It downloaded well from the Ubuntu site.

    Rusty with making DVD's I tried formatting one. I could not get one of three tries of blank CD's to format from the Windows "This PC" option.

    I see that Ubuntu has defined a drive and then put an instance in my file tree. I cannot figure out how to copy that instance to the DVD given my inability to format even one.

    Any thoughts as to how to accomplish my goal?

    Thanks
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  2. Posts : 18,200
    Win 10 Home 10.0.19045.1806 (x64) [22H2]
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    mikeincousa said:
    I want to create a fresh start in my old Ubuntu machine with 18.04.

    The machine is very limited. It has been dormant for so long it does not seem to be working properly so I thought I could easily start from scratch using a DVD. Wrong again.

    It downloaded well from the Ubuntu site.

    Rusty with making DVD's I tried formatting one. I could not get one of three tries of blank CD's to format from the Windows "This PC" option.

    I see that Ubuntu has defined a drive and then put an instance in my file tree. I cannot figure out how to copy that instance to the DVD given my inability to format even one.

    Any thoughts as to how to accomplish my goal?

    Thanks



    Generally you can't format a DVD that isn't an RW DVD. Once a DVD -R or +R has been written to (burned), if it's been finalized...that's it. You can't write to it again.

    To make an Ubuntu DVD, you generally download the ISO. Then right click the ISO and choose "burn".
    How to burn a DVD on Windows | Ubuntu

    You can ofc also make a Ubuntu USB stick, but that needs to be made bootable.
    Create a bootable USB stick on Windows | Ubuntu


    Ubuntu 20.04 LTS
    Get Ubuntu | Download | Ubuntu

    20.04 is the latest version, and LTS stands for Long Term Support.
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  3. Posts : 3,679
    Windows 11 Pro 64 Bit 21H2
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    I could not get one of three tries of blank CD's to format
    You mention DVD's in title, and CD's in this sentence. Hopefully it was a mistype
    2. CD-R, and DVD+-R discs are burn once and Read Only after that, you cannot format them. CD-RW, and DVD+-RW discs Can be formatted and used several times.
    3. Standard DVD+-R and DVD+-RW discs have a capacity of 4.7GB, (4.3GB burnable area). Ubuntu is a little too large to burn to a CD-R which is around 700MB, you need a DVD
    4. CD-R and DVD+-R discs do not need to be formatted to burn them.
    5. Here are step by step instructions how to burn an Ubuntu ISO image file in Windows 10


    You may find it easier to work with a USB Flash drive to burn the ISO image of Ubuntu with Rufus
    Rufus Bootable USB to Install Ubuntu 18.04 LTS – Linux Hint
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  4. Posts : 12,478
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
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    Once you have downloaded a Linux LiveDVD .iso file it can be used as the Source for creating the DVD, an exact copy of the original disc. Then boot to it and there's a USB Image Writer program used for creating the Bootable USB Drive, I use at least an 8GB. I used it just today to test an old Toshiba Satellite Notebook with WinXP on it, hardware worked fine except it has a Celeron M Dothan that apparently can't be upgraded Win10 [according to Intel's list]. The main thing with the USB Image Writer is in keeping that .iso file on another drive for the Source needed for the process.
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  5. Posts : 281
    windows 10
    Thread Starter
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    Sorry for the confusion. I have been away from this for a long time.
    The media is TDK DVD-R. I have used these to make files but I cannot recall making an Ubuntu Live instance with them. Will these work?

    When I directly click on the download file on install Windows throws a error that the media is too large or too small.
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  6. Posts : 3,679
    Windows 11 Pro 64 Bit 21H2
       #6

    Yes, this will work if it has never been written to before. Remember, -R discs are Burn once, then Read Only. You cannot format them or burn to them again. If the burn fails, throw it away and get a fresh, never used DVD-R disc and try it again.
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  7. Posts : 281
    windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Understood. What I need I think is some flavor of a live CD.
    Any thoughts on the too big / too small error?
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  8. Posts : 12,478
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
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    By "live CD" do you mean something you can keep adding to? I found it much better to use an External USB drive, either HDD or SSD, for that type of storage. With MS-DOS 6.xx and Win3.11 the 250MB Zip drive was quite convenient but we've come a long way since then.
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  9. Posts : 4,457
    Win 11 Pro 22000.708
       #9

    What did you download?

    It should have been the Ubuntu .iso. That is an image of a DVD. (Too large for a CD.) You would then burn it directly to a DVD.

    How to Burn an ISO File to a DVD, CD or BD [10 Minutes]
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  10. Posts : 12,478
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
       #10

    A tip: I find it good to use an 8GB or larger USB Thumb drive for the Bootable USB drive, can actually do updates of the Linux OS on it, also can install additional programs, I installed a game on it.
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