[ubuntu] Installing first time from a hard drive

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http://ubuntuforums.org – Hi, Firstly, please excuse the naivety of my post but I am finding this whole thing a bit confusing! My old laptop has died on me (Windows had a major seizure) - the hard drive is okay but the CD drive no longer works. I have taken out the hard drive and reformatted it. It is now blank and I only want Ubuntu on it. I have an external hd which is being recognised as bootable in the BIOS, but I can't seem to find anyway to burn the ISO to the external hard drive and make it bootable. Is there a way to do this? Any help would be gratefully received, Duncan (Hardware)