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Posted 26 April 2014 - 01:42 AM
What OS? Bit more detail.
Posted 26 April 2014 - 01:23 PM
If you don't wish to keep anything, simply boot from your Linux install media, go through the prompts of installing, the option will present itself to replace whatever you're running with the new OS. During the install, it'll format itself, in whatever default format the Linux install offers. Ubuntu based OS's uses ext4, others such as PCLinuxOS, has a different format structure.
It's as simple as that.
However, it's still best to create a backup of what you have installed, just in case you want to go back, or sell the computer. If not that, then at least create a recovery DVD set, which will take 3 to 5 DVD's to complete. It's best to do both.
We can assist you better if you tell us what you're getting rid of & installing.
Performing full disc images weekly and keeping important data off of the 'C' drive as generated can be the best defence against Malware/Ransomware attacks, as well as a wide range of other issues.
Posted 26 April 2014 - 04:13 PM
Unless you are determined to get rid of your current OS, you can always try a 'dual boot' installation. Several types of Linux (probably most) will let you configure the installation so that you can boot into either Linux or what you already have.
However, you will probably have to have either:
-multiple hard drives;
-an extra partition on your hard drive;
-free space on your hard drive that isn't inside any partition. (you would probably have to engineer this yourself since OS's don't just leave hard drive space "unclaimed" by any partition)
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