April 23, 2014

I am very new to Linux Please help.

In fact, whatever I did to instal Ubuntu. on a extra hard rive caused me to loose everything I had on my windows 7 OS as well as Ubuntu. My question would be, How do I load Mint or Zorin on this computer. on my extra hard drive. It seems to me that newbies have to be computer techs to understand how to do anything with Linux. I know I sure did not understand Ubuntu or how to work in the command prompt. and how to get to Ubuntu in the first place. After it locked up, I could not recover either of the operating systems. I had asked other, and got more answers than I could understand. All I wanted was a clean download, Live CD would have been nice. Putting it on a flash drive would have been even better. When installing either OS, does it have to be so difficult? Do I have to have fifteen other programs to install, download, burn, and open Linux OS's If the two Operating systems are on different hard drives, how do I boot one or the other? I have lots of questions, I am sure that many of those already submitted will confuse me. But I need to start someplace right. So it looks like I need the following: 1. To download the OS whatever that would be. With the least amount of trouble. On its own hard drive. 2. Burn it to a CD/DVD and or Flash drive, Thumb drive or whatever you want to call it. 3. Instructions on how to install it with the least amount of trouble or confusion. 4. How to boot it, if and when I get that far. Along with how do I choose between Windows 7 and whatever Linux OS I want to try. I would thank anybody who would help very much. As I don't want to lose my computer again. Its a pain when your backup program, does not help. As I had the log in information to my backup on the computer, and had not put it on a flash drive or my external drive, along with the backup.

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Here's a good guide on how to install Zorin: Your text to link here......

Here's a good guide on how to install Zorin: Your text to link here...
Where you chose the location to install, you will select the second hard drive and tell it to you the entire disk.
I've installed it on several desktops and laptops and when you have an OS already installed, it always set up what is called GRUB to manage the booting to either system. At system start time, it will present you a menu and let you choose which OS to boot. Good luck.

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babao...is right, it can take lots of practice....

babao...is right, it can take lots of practice.

Here is a install video from Youtube (lots of good instructional videos on
Youtube)...using a DVD installing to USB flash with Win7 on the laptop:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpUgIkl4oFA WW

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What OS are you using to download the iso file?...

What OS are you using to download the iso file?
What program are you using to burn the iso to a cd?
Do you prefer a usb over a cd?
Will your computer boot from a flash drive as well as a cd?

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to be able to use different OS in one computer you need to create partitions, which means sploit your hard disk in several pieces, one for windows (ntfs filesystem), one for linux (ext4 filesystem) , one for data (ntfs filesystem)

you choose the size for each partition, depending on your needs, but the vital minimum for linux would be 5-10 GB, 30-40 GB with windows 7 , and whatever for data.

To create patitions, boot on your liveCD or LiveUSB, then use gparted directly from this system to create patitions, you can easily find tutorials on how to do this on the internet. You need primary partitions.

Then only , start the install of windows 7 (on the ntfs partition) if you want it, and THEN install ubuntu in your ext4 partitions. You can install systems in only one partition (not all the hard drive) with custom install while you areon the steps of the install of the system :)

Be brave, i was like you someday ago, linux is great !!

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