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I have an unused hard disk onto which I want to install Linux Mint.

I do not own a DVD-drive, but a working drive with a Linux Mint installation.

I would like to temporary boot this second drive, and install Linux Mint onto the actual drive from there.

Can this be accomplished without much magic?

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You could make a live USB and then clone the drive to the other one, or just use put linux mint on a live USB and do a completely clean install to the pc. –  ohope5 Dec 31 '13 at 10:00
You can install Linux Mint from USB-Stick [Click-here][1] [1]: pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3 –  Ashish Dec 31 '13 at 10:02

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