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Edited by MrBruce1959, 16 June 2011 - 08:41 PM.
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NOTE: my answers to you will be in bold type like this. Bruce.
Allright, I think I've got it. Let me run through this again just to make sure. I shut down my desktop, hook up the HDD from the laptop. Now I boot my desktop like normal. As long as I dont make any changes in the boot order, the computer will boot to my normal hard drive, correct?
At this point, if I insert the Live CD and run it, I will be able to find the laptops HDD somewhere in the menus and can then transfer from it?
If you boot from your original hard drive, you will not have any need to load the UBUNTU disk.
The purpose of this disk would be to boot from it and not your hard drive.
The Live CD contains a boot-able Linux operating system called UBUNTU, this means the CD disk loads on your computer system just as if it was actually loading from a hard drive.
Will I be able to access and run my anti virus software while using the LiveCD, or would I have to do that while still in windows?
While you are booted from the Live CD, you have access to your entire computer, including the Internet, using the built in Fire Fox Browser, you can do a live on-line scan of your system if you wish to, there are on-line scanners that will work with Linux operation systems.
I suggest for piece of mind and making things easier for you until you learn more about Linux, you boot to your usual SATA0 hard drive of your computer system, while the laptop drive is designated as the SATA1 hard drive, SATA0 is usually the first boot device on SATA hard drive systems and the SLAVE drive is usually designated SATA1. Make sure what I just stated is correct for your system, I would hate it if your system labels the drives SATA1 and SATA2 and you accidentally boot to the laptop's hard drive first.
Double check the main BIOS screen for the hard drive setup, this is NOT to be confused with the BOOT order menu, where you would choose which drive boots first. Once you know which drive is which, now you can double check the BOOT menu to be sure your original hard drive boots first.
Once booted to Windows 7, run your Anti-Virus scanner program and check mark or choose the drive from the laptop as one of the drives checked for Viruses during this scan.
I really appreciate the help. On a side note, I'm looking forward to trying the Ubuntu. I've never had any experience with Linux, but have been wanting to check it out, so this is a perfect opportunity. I understand from the link you provided that if I choose the option to use Ubuntu without installing, when I'm done all I have to do is shut down the computer and then when I reboot everything will be back to normal with my windows 7. Is that correct?
Yes, you can boot from the UBUNTU disk while it is in your optical drive (DVD/CD drive) if you choose the option to 'try UBUNTU without making changes to your system' the UBUNTU OS will load on your desktop and act like a normal installation, you can explore the OS and even access the Internet and visit web sites all from running the OS just from the CD disk, when you are finished with it, you can look in the upper right corner of your screen and you will see a power icon, click this and choose shut down the computer or restart, remove the CD and when your system restarts or when you turn it on again, Windows 7 will boot and no signs of UNBUNTU will be on your system.
If you choose to install it, you can choose to dual boot with Windows 7 or putting it on a separate hard drive.
Here is more details about what you can do:
Other Ways to Try Ubuntu
LiveCDs are designed for people that want to use Ubuntu on a computer for a few hours. If you want to carry a LiveCD around with you, a persistent image lets you customise your live session. If you want to use Ubuntu on a computer for a few weeks or months, Wubi lets you install Ubuntu inside Windows. If you want to use Linux on a computer permanently, dual-booting lets you install Window and Ubuntu (or which-ever distro) side-by-side on the same computer.
Because Wubi needs Windows and Ubuntu to co-operate, you have to deal with all the problems of both systems. For example, it's not easy to completely uninstall Wubi. An experienced linux user or someone with considerable technical knowledge about Windows might find it better to try Wubi in some certain circumstances where dual-booting is infeasible or inadvisable. See the Wubi guide for more information about Wubi, particularly how to uninstall it cleanly.
Dual-booting can be daunting at first, but tends to work better once you've got it set up. This allows Window & Ubuntu to work without relying on the other for anything, except the boot-loader. As you get more comfortable with Ubuntu, you can just forget about your Windows partition. Reinstalling Windows is quite tricky, so it's best to leave your Windows partition in place unless you're absolutely sure you'll never use Windows again.
Thanks again Bruce, I will be doing all this tomorrow night or sunday and will let you know how everything goes!
Edited by MrBruce1959, 17 June 2011 - 07:46 PM.
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