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Old 06-28-2006, 01:20 AM   #1
kiasta
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trying to solve a problem...


I am trying to install Windows Vista but i would like to transfer ALL of my important data to linux...now the question is which linux distro is the most compatible so i dont have to keep downloading a bunch of distro's and wasting time...im going to keep the linux partition alongside of windows vista. The one thing im worried about is im going to have to install linux first to transfer the files and then install vista but by installing vista i will change the master boot record and i wont be able to get in to linux to transfer my files back to windows...is there a way to change the master boot record in windows vista? BTW I have a legitimate copy of windows vista downloaded from microsoft so there should be no copyright infringement policies being violated on this forum.

P.S. My system specs are as follows:

915 Intel Chipset
Intel Centrino Processor @ 1.86 Ghz
2GB DDR2 667MHz RAM
80GB HD (unknown manufacturer [not that it matters])
Quadro FX Go1400 256MB Display Adapter
QSI 8x-4x-8x DVD+-RW
Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG Wireless Card
Broadcom NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet
Conexant AC-Link Audio
Texas Instruments PCIxx21/x515 Cardbus Controller

Yes i know i probably gave too much info but oh well i figured it was important info.
 
Old 06-28-2006, 01:40 AM   #2
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With most dual boot with windows and linux, you always install windoze first then install linux second. Then bootloader will usually pick up the windoze partition and add it to the bootloader. But since Vista ia new OS with a completely new file system, no current linux distro will be able to see or write to the new files system. so there is no guarantee that it will see the new Vista OS or be able to mount it under linux. If you need to move files from windozs to linux, I would suggest backing up to CD-R/W or DVD-R/W, and moving then that way.
 
Old 06-28-2006, 01:51 AM   #3
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WinFS was not included so it is still NTFS. install linux then copy then install vista then boot linux livecd or rescue disk and setup your boot manager
 
Old 06-28-2006, 02:04 AM   #4
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WinFS was not included so it is still NTFS. install linux then copy then install vista then boot linux livecd or rescue disk and setup your boot manager
OK thought they had moved to the new filessystem already.
 
Old 06-28-2006, 09:09 AM   #5
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Alright that sounds good, thanks for the replies and tips. I hope everything works out smooth though because i would really hate to have to do a fresh install of windows xp...again...for the 15,000,000th time...im starting to hate windows lol.

AND the only reason i have to do a frsh install of windows vista is because windows xp doesnt recognise my dvd and crashes everytime it loads up the cd, another reason windows ticks me off...but i need it to play my games.

Last edited by kiasta; 06-28-2006 at 09:11 AM.
 
Old 06-28-2006, 07:36 PM   #6
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Just another tip for you, most distros will create a boot disk during the installation to use incase you need to boot into linux after the MBR becomes damaged due to corruption or an overwrite like what windoze will do when it's installed. The two main bootloaders are lilo and grub, I prefer grub since it it highly configurable.

You can also make a bootable cd with grub too, this allows you to make a generic boot cd that you can edit during the boot process, and will allow you to boot any linux distro on any partition.
 
  


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