I’ve tried everything I can think of to solve this dilemma. Yesterday I had a Ubuntu 19.04 computer, it was however getting a bit bloated and some things (like multiple DNLA media servers) were getting a bit out of hand so I came up with a brilliant solution. First – I had a near-new 1Tb HDD sitting doing nothing, it’s about 3 weeks old Second – The current 2Tb hybrid drive tested OK using smart tools so I leave that installed. Third – powered down the computer, disconnected from power outlet, pressed the ‘on’ button a few times and opened the case added the 1Tb drive to a spare SATA channel and hooked it up the the PSU.
On another computer I downloaded a brand new ISO of Disco Dingo and used Rufus to create a boot drive
Hooked the target PC back up to power/monitor/KB and mouse and booted from USB.
Things seemed to be going swimmingly, along the same path as the initial install. – Remember this is going to be a clean install and all the data I need is on separate back-up solutions.
so Install Ubuntu is selected then Erase drive and use LVM, use 3rd part drivers and codecs, install updates during installation to save time then Install now then select location then a name for the PC on the network, plus a name and password for me is chosen the installer starts ticking over for what seems like hours (but is actually about 20 minutes. Until it comes to a complete halt, I have a window open on the monitor telling me that the CD is dirty or was created too fast, the target drive is failing But …… I’m not using a CD/DVD, one drive is brand spanking new and the other (according to S.M.A.R.T https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S.M.A.R.T.) is 360 days old with parameters within the norm.
So I’m stuck the installer then crashes, I send a report using the automated bug reporting tool.
And I start again, a new ISO (passes the SHA256 tests) different USB (in case the old one has some flaw)
First – boot from the USB so far so good, a window in the middle of the screen asks me to try Ubuntu or Install it, I’ve already tried it so I take the install option I only use English and it’s a English (US) keyboard -> CONTINUE Normal Installation/Download updates/Install 3rd party software for graphics wi-fi and media formats -> CONTINUE we have to wait a few minutes while the installer does it’s downloading finally, again, and again “The Installation Failed [Errno 5] Input/Output error This is often ue to a faulty CD/DVD disc or drive, or a faulty hard disk, it may help to clean the CD/DVD, to burn the CD/DVD at a lower speed. to clean the CD/DVD dive lens (cleaning kits are often available from electronics suppliers), to check whether the hard disk is old and in need of a replacement, or to move the system to a cooler environment”
So as the kids say – WTF !
there isn’t any CD/DVD issues in play and the oldest drive is less than a year old. It’s the middle of winter and it’s 14 degrees.
I suspect I may have to try a different installer or something