Remember to check your Live CDs!

I was going to do a post about creating a rescue image of a Windows 7 install using OSS (Ubuntu 10.10 + PartImage) however I thought I’d post a warning about corrupted Live CDs instead.

Essentially, I tried unsuccessfully three times to install Ubuntu off a Live CD (it would always crash at the third step) before it occurred to me that I ought to check the CD for errors.

To do this you need to access the “hidden” boot menu on the Live CD, by pressing any key the following symbol comes up:

My check told me that it “found errors in 1 files!”. So I threw this CD out, burnt another Live CD (slowly – at 8 speed), checked it (“Check finished no errors found”) and low-and-behold it worked properly first time.

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