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#1 saul23

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Posted 09 August 2014 - 07:27 AM

I have just burned a copy of Ubuntu onto DVD and I am about to install it on a small netbook with a 120GB HDD, it has it's original OS (XP Home) on a hidden partition my query is should I format the drive first or just go ahead with the install and have what I presume would be a dual boot setup. Also (and this is where my lack of tech awareness becomes obvious) is Linux supported by way of update's whether  security related or otherwise?     If a tedious post I apologise, but would be grateful for any direction.       Thankyou.



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Posted 09 August 2014 - 08:05 AM

Be sure to run Ubuntu as LIVE first. If that is successful then you can install usually without any problem. Running as LIVE

does not install to the hdd. Only uses the memory and CD-ROM.

 

If that is a hidden recovery partition that has XP on it and you don't intend to use XP any longer then you can either delete

the partition or just leave it there. Ubuntu will only recognize a bootable image of XP and set up a dual boot for that. A recovery

partition is not bootable.


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Posted 10 August 2014 - 12:31 PM

See here and here, then I'd recommend using dban program contained within SystemRescueCD.  And always use a Linux utility or command line (cfdisk) to partition a Linux install, not windoze.


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Posted 19 August 2014 - 10:20 PM

 

it has it's original OS (XP Home) on a hidden partition

Is there any chance of a screen shot of your partitions as in the example?

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Do you want to keep XP? If no, Just install Linux over it, It will handle everything for you.

 

 

Linux supported by way of update's whether  security related or otherwise?

Way more so than Windows, It is not unusual to get Updates 3 or 4 times a week. The Linux community reacts fast to any issues.

 

 

If a tedious post I apologise, but would be grateful for any direction.       Thankyou.

Not at all, We are glad to help.

 

 

 

Be sure to run Ubuntu as LIVE first. If that is successful then you can install usually without any problem. Running as LIVE

does not install to the hdd. Only uses the memory and CD-ROM.

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Edited by NickAu1, 19 August 2014 - 10:27 PM.





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