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Old 12-05-2008, 09:06 PM   #1
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Question My windows OS just got taken down by a trojan


I just got a virus on my computer, totally corrupted windows. So i'm thinking I want to partition a new drive, install linux on it, then add my old harddrive as a backup so i can pull a bunch of my old files out. Is this possible? Can linux view a Windows formatted harddrive and pull files off of it? (such as mp3s and images)
i know at some point i'm going to have to wipe that harddrive, but i dont want to lose everything on it. I could use windows on a new drive to view the old files, but i dont want to risk the virus jumping over onto the new drive, so I figured that this virus probably wouldn't be able to attack linux. let me know, i've never used linux before
 
Old 12-05-2008, 09:17 PM   #2
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Welcome to LQ!! You sound like a prime candidate for conversion....

Any of the more popular modern distros (versions) will read NTFS out of the box.

Your approach makes perfect sense, and the chances of that virus doing something to Linux are vanishingly small**. The only thing I would add is--if the data is **really** valuable--consider cloning the drive before you do anything else. If you are not experienced with cloning, proceed with caution--it is very easy to clone the wrong way--ie to copy stuff ONTO the old drive rather than OFF.

**The only reason I don't say ZERO is that it is theoretically possible to write a virus that will attack more than one OS.
 
Old 12-05-2008, 09:21 PM   #3
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Yes, you can set up a Linux partition on a new drive. You can also set up a Linux partition on your existing drive if you can find enough space to squeeze in 2 Linux partitions, a 1 Gig swap partition and a 5 Gig Linux partition. Plus you will need however much space your user data will take.

Yes, Linux can copy data from a Windows file system.

No, a Windows trojan cannot run on a Linux system.

When you install Linux you can set up a Grub bootloader which will give you a choice at boot as to whether you want to boot into your Linux system or your Windows system. This is handy during the transition period until you get all of your applications moved to Linux.

After you get Linux fully functional and set up a decent backup method then you can copy your data over to Linux and erase the Windows system.

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Old 12-05-2008, 09:26 PM   #4
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Yes, you can set up a Linux partition on a new drive. You can also set up a Linux partition on your existing drive if you can find enough space to squeeze in 2 Linux partitions, a 1 Gig swap partition and a 5 Gig Linux partition. Plus you will need however much space your user data will take.

Yes, Linux can copy data from a Windows file system.

No, a Windows trojan cannot run on a Linux system.

When you install Linux you can set up a Grub bootloader which will give you a choice at boot as to whether you want to boot into your Linux system or your Windows system. This is handy during the transition period until you get all of your applications moved to Linux.

After you get Linux fully functional and set up a decent backup method then you can copy your data over to Linux and erase the Windows system.

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whoa nice, so i can have two OS's on the same computer? because the only reason i hesitate the switch to linux is that I am about to buy a windows mobile phone and i want to be able to tweak that using windows
 
Old 12-05-2008, 09:31 PM   #5
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You can have MANY OSes on one computer---the record is something well over 50, as I recall.

If you are going the dual-boot route, I would still stick with your plan of setting up a new drive, and then adding your old one.

The link in my sig has stuff on dual-booting, and links to more. The short answer: Install Windows first, giving it only part of the drive (eg maybe 10-15GB)
 
Old 12-05-2008, 09:41 PM   #6
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You can have MANY OSes on one computer---the record is something well over 50, as I recall.
That would be more like 150 but that was before Linux adopted libata, which reduced the maximum number of partitions/operatings systems per drive to 14. Before libata, one could have as many as 63 partitions/operating systems on a single drive.

Yes, it is best to install windows and linux on different drives. I have a copy of XP64 that stubbornly refuses to install if it detects any linux OS on my computer, even if it is on a different drive (so I am forced to unplug all the other drives before it will finally do me the incredible favour of installing itself...).

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Old 12-05-2008, 09:49 PM   #7
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Veering off-topic we go......

I actually recommend all OSes on one drive, with others used for shared data.

It is a constant source of amusement that MS makes it difficult to install Windows when something else is already on the machine. You would think they would do the opposite.
 
  


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