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I am installing linux mint and i have tried ubunto but it always gets to a certain points and says i have hard drive problems. I have 160gb and i am sure it is connected properly. I also have 1gb of ram. what could the problem be?

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You may have a bad sector on the hard drive.
reformat the hard drive 2 times. and try again.
if the hard drive stop without completion. then you have 1 or more bad sector. time to get a ne new.

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