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Old 09-22-2009, 06:30 PM   #1
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files from one distro to another

I'm thinking of switching back to Ubuntu from Linux Mint 7 but I have movie files that I cannot transfer to a usb or disc because I would like to keep them on my Laptop. I was wondering if there was a way to transfer these files along with my music to the new distro. Is there a way during the installation process. I thought that there was a way of if you switch from windows.
Old 09-22-2009, 06:38 PM   #2
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I'm really not sure I understand the question. You have Mint on a laptop with media files that you don't want to move and you want to put Ubuntu on this same laptop? If you created a separate home partition (which you should have) then you should simply skip formatting that partition and tell Ubuntu to mount it as /home. However, I don't understand this, because you really should have backups no matter what. And then you could do whatever you wanted and simply restore from backup. If you don't have backups, you shouldn't be installing anything. If my assumptions aren't correct, maybe clarify the situation for us.
Old 09-22-2009, 07:44 PM   #3
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Maybe I am rehashing the obvious, but if you don't want to back these files up, what is stopping you from putting them on a USB hard drive temporarily? You can copy them back to your HD once the install is done.
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I suspect that he has quite a few large movie files, too many to put on USB drives or CD/DVD (maybe no DVD burner).

One solution would be to buy an external USB hard drive and copy the files to that. If you have an older hard drive that is large enough you can buy a USB case for it.

If you use the external drive to store all your media, it would be easy to take the entire collection over to a friends, even a Windows computer or Mac, and simply plug in and go. At least I think Windows/Mac can read a Linux formatted drive...


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