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Check if your Windows machine has got a DVD-ROM or not. If the computer can run Windows, it possibly can run Ubuntu or other Linux Live CD as well. You cannot do something in Windows does not mean you cannot do so in other operating systems. Read this: http://askubuntu.com/questions/550591/create-yosemite-usb-dvd-installer-on-ubuntu It gives a link to ...


This sounds like your hard drive failed entirely. I see that it's a typical SATA drive in that model. You should be able to open it up and remove the drive, then wire the drive to a desktop and see if it is detected. If it is not, that confirms that the hardware failed. Comment by OP: It turned out to be a SATA cable failure, see Hard Drive Issues with ...

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