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Posted 29 January 2009 - 11:39 PM
Posted 30 January 2009 - 07:13 AM
Well, I'm 95% positive I will be switching from XP to Linux. This will not be a dual boot situation. I have that currently with XP/Mandrake 10.0 Official. Also I have used Knoppix, Suselive and maybe one or two other live versions. I'm a little rusty but not worried about picking up what I learned.
No, I'm looking to completely replace Windows. Gone,goodbye, out of my machine never to return. After many years my lovely bride has given me the nod to do it. So long as she can still do what she does. ie.internet,email, and thats just about it.
Other than input on a Distro to choose I need to prepare for moving my files. I've never made a migration like this before. I've never even transferred from an old machine to a new one. I figure I can search all my music,photos, and(but few) irreplacable documents then burn them to cd, install my OS then just reload files from disk. This can be a long, long job but if it's needed I'll do it.
Is there though and easier way? I only have a cd writer so can't use dvd. I'm wondering if it's feesible to email the files to myself? It's a couple gigs of music alone, at least as much in photos.
The other problem is my internet setting. We use Firefox and will need all of our bookmarks, saved passwords, etc. after the move. I can manually do it by hand or store the info online for later retrieval? I'm not sure where this info is held but assume it is on my machine and not online.
Any advice will help. Again this will be a complete migration so accessing the windows drive from Linux won't be an option.
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Posted 31 January 2009 - 03:39 PM
Backup the Windows OS to a second partition on the same hard drive may not be very useful. Here is why: There is only one MBR on one hard drive. When you install Linux (Ubuntu or other distribution), it will install the GRUB bootloader into the MBR. For some time, you will be able to boot into both Windows OS (such as XP) and Linux (such as Ubuntu 8.10 64 bit). However, Windows seems to be too eager to mess with the MBR, esp. if there is GRUB installed in it. I have personally experienced this problem. A couple of weeks ago, I set up my PC to multi-boot into XP, Vista 64 bit Home Premium (later Windows 7 Beta 64 bit), and Ubuntu 8.10 64 bit. However, after running Windows Update in XP Pro and restarting as required by the update, the GRUB bootloader was messed up and I could not boot into any of the three OSs. I recovered by using a backup XP Pro hard drive. On another forum, I read that another person experienced the same problem. He set up the multi-boot similar to mine, later went to work, and when he returned he couldn't boot into any of the OSs.
If your computer cannot boot, you will not be able to read the stuff on the backup partition from that computer. You will have to take out the hard drive, enclose it in a hard drive enclosure (many have USB interface), then take it to another computer to read the unbootable hard drive.
Therefore, the safest and most trouble-free way to backup your system is probably to backup your entire hard drive containing your productions OS to another hard drive. Then you can play around and mess with the original hard drive. I wouldn't recommend installing Ubuntu with Windows OS(s) on the same hard drive (see 1st paragraph for reasons). Instead, I would highly recommend installing Windows OSs and Ubuntu (or other Linux distribution) separately on different hard drives, then use BIOS setup to choose whether to boot into Windows OSs or Ubuntu.
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Primary system: Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3, Processor: AMD Phenom II x4 945, Memory: 16 gigs of Patriot G2 DDR3 1600, Video: AMD Sapphire Nitro R9 380, Storage: 1 WD 500 gig HD, 1 Hitachi 500 gig HD, and Power supply: Coolermaster 750 watt, OS: Windows 10 64 bit.
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