Originally Posted by tlhilton
i am currently running a dual boot setup. how do i make the switch to linux permanent and ensure i wont lose any data (wont be worried about windows stuff). do i perform the above before hand?
The mount command(s) described above make your Windows partition(s) usable in Linux until the next time you reboot Linux. Then you might need to do it again.
If you plan to copy everything you want out of the Windows partition(s) the first time, then the mount command is effective.
I expect you may need to dual boot for a while before you drop Windows. It is possible to edit the file etc/fstab so that the Windows partition(s) will be available every time you boot Linux. That is a good idea if you will be using dual boot for a while. Look for some good instructions on what belongs in etc/fstab before trying that edit. It can be messy to clean up if you get that wrong.
For more specific instructions, first post the output from
sudo /sbin/parted /dev/sda print