what is the file structure of linux?
forget about drive letters, as you won't need them anymore.
tar -xf packed_files.tar.gz
how do you unzip a .tar.gz file?
for more info see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar_(file_format
i just downloaded open office but don't know the commands...
Where to start on this one. So you got this file?:
Thus your previous question, huh? I would STRONGLY suggest trying to find one
specific to your distro. Otherwise, see here:
i backed up my mp3, jpg, and ms office files. do i just hook up my external HD and copy them over as is
Yes- but your main concern is what file system (fat32, ntfs) is the external hard drive
using, and if your linux is configred to read those file systems. Linux has the
ability to read both, but if your kernel is not configured for the task, it can not.
Without knowing your distro, I can't even begin to tell you what it can and can't do
'out of the box'. (and I'm only real familiar with Slackware, but others can help
if its anather distro on the details).
convert the files to make them compatible with linux's file system?
Files are files - the most important thing is what type of file system the files
are located on (ext3, reiserfs, fat32, ntfs, etc). A properly configured linux
system can read mp3's,jpg's and pdf's, etc. - they are just opened with different
programs. As far as the .doc's (word documents), Open office can open, read, edit,
and save the changes. I've never tried using one of my own documents in a formal
windows system, but from what I understand it works.
Hope this helps some.