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My first experience with Linux

Posted 03-06-2012 at 05:40 PM by crowlpa

My interest in Linux started with using Red Hat Enterprise Linux at work. I followed instructions to install the package onto the target machine, create an image, and finally restore the image onto blank disks. That was when I learned about the MBR, extended partition tables, partitions, and linux commands to capture such data onto removable disk. I looked for ways to use this knowledge at home with my Windows Vista machine. I am worried that one day, Windows will stop working on my machine, and I will lose all my files I have stored on the hard drive. I think if I can capture the MBR, extended partition tables, and partitons now while my machine is healthy, then when it does stop working, I will have the backup files to restore onto a new disk drive. So, my first attempt to solicit input from LQ was, Does the MBR still occupies the same 512 Bytes on new machines?
The Results of my first Post -
I screwed up the title in my first Post. I incorrectly specified the number of bytes which the MBR occupies as 512 KB, not 512 B. Then after MS3FGX replied, I felt my question was irrelevant. His reply is, "it's much more likely that Windows will fail and need to be re-imaged via the recovery partition than it is that the drive will suffer some physical damage or failure that prevents you from accessing it."

Reflecting back -
I have never used the recovery partition. I want to experiment with it, but before I do, I want to be sure I have all my files backed up. I think this will be the title of my second Post: Has anyone experimented with the recovery partition in Windows? But before I do, I think I will post it in the Windows community first, then post it in LQ. It might be my own perception, but Windows' issues seems to look bad in the LQ community, and I don't want to present myself as partial to Windows when I haven't experienced Linux long enough to take sides.

Closing remark -
I cannot Post this Blog in my preferred font: Comic Sans MS

Comments are welcome.
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