How to Run your computer without a Hard disk ?

The title of this post sounds a bit astonishing but I’ll tell the trick to it. Recently, My hard drive got failed. Without HDD, I was feeling sad as I can’t work any more and my data was lost too. So, I thought off a simple and easy way to run my PC without any hard drive attached.

Main Ubuntu home window

To run your PC directly without HDD, make sure you have a CD/DVD drive and Ubuntu Live CD supporting your system. After that, you need to confirm that your PC is set to Boot first from CD/DVD drive in BIOS under boot priority.

Starting & Running Ubuntu Live:

Power ON your CPU and insert the Ubuntu live CD. You’ll then see a countdown window asking to chose your preferred language. Then, Choose the first option named ” Try Ubuntu without any change to your computer ” and press Enter. Now Ubuntu will load and you can see its main window after some time.

Ubuntu Installation window

That’s it. Now you have access to major applications like: Firefox browser, Open office, GIMP Image editor, Games, Media players and much more..

One can also save small amount of data on Ubuntu (RAM used) but that will be wiped off after shutdown or restart.

I found Ubuntu Live OS very handy and simple to work. I’m using it from the last 16 days without any problems 😀

You can Download Ubuntu for free or request a Free CD.


Mayur Agarwal is the founder and editor-in-chief of WebTrickz. As a Technology enthusiast and an Internet addict, he loves sharing useful How To’s and Tips & Tricks. Follow him @mayurjango on Twitter.

4 Responses

  1. keyur says:

    i got ubuntu live dvd free wid chip magazine!!

  2. Jose L says:

    I’m crying, it’s incredible, I love LINUX!!!

  3. maizein says:

    Do you know if I can do that an install Ubuntu on a SD card for instance? I have an old HP laptop and I know the HD is about to die. I’m seriously considering removing the HD and installing Ubuntu on a SD card (the laptop has a built-in SD card reader 🙂

  4. yash says:

    i have linux os (ubuntu 10.0.4) but i m not getting how to connect to internet using mobile. it is asking for updating the “gedit” package….. .bt without internet how i can update it…….please tell me how to download that package .

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