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Installing Linux on a fresh hard drive. Noob Help needed

#1ChainedRedonePosted 7/22/2014 8:51:05 PM(edited)
Ok so I have a laptop with a crappy HDD, very easy to pop out and insert a newer one. I'm planning on ditching it, ordering a better one and I'd like to install Linux/ubuntu on the fresh hard drive. My laptop does not have an internal CD drive, but I do have an external USB CD/DVD.

So once I pop in my new fresh HDD into my laptop, what are my next steps to installing Linux?
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#2Orestes417Posted 7/22/2014 9:03:17 PM
Yes you can run Skype. As for the install, boot from the CD or make a bootable USB stick and follow the prompts in the installer, as long as you're installing on a blank drive it should be pretty self explanatory. For everything else consult the Ubuntu forums and their docs.
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#3lost_withinPosted 7/22/2014 9:35:41 PM
If you are serious about Ubuntu you should join the community at
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#4bi_polymerPosted 7/22/2014 10:30:03 PM