More specifically, I am running Fedora18 on my main HDD. I have a second HDD in the "UltraBay" slot of my ThinkPad W520--eSata connection.
Is there a possibility to avoid creating a LiveCD/USB, etc, and, perhaps, to directly write the extracted ISO contents of a different distro (Ubuntu) to the second drive; or to use a virtual system as a means of facilitating a "non-live/non-virtual"/REAL installation of an OS?
There's got to be a better solution than having to deal with the annoying media-creation! I'm not too familiar with PXE booting, but it seems that even that adds an extra step of preparing the network server/system for allowing access, etc.