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Old 06-29-2004, 09:06 AM   #1
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Going to format computer what files need backing up?

Every so often I get the urge to format my computer and Reinstalling everything . This time I thought I would like to try linux out (hence my presence in this place) and my main question is what are the important files that need to be backed up before I hit format?

The other thing I'm rather worried about is whether or not my games (and believe me there are a lot of them) will work under linux.

Any help is appreciated

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Old 06-29-2004, 09:21 AM   #2
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Re: Going to format computer what files need backing up?

Originally posted by MAcbeth
This time I thought I would like to try linux out...
Assuming your using Windows, and going for your first Linux install. Backup the files that you usually back up when you do your normal formats.

I think I'm not reading your questions correctly though

Old 06-29-2004, 09:25 AM   #3
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What are you formatting? An windoze system? A Mac?

If the games are windoze, they won't work under Linux, unless you can run them through Wine, or some other linux software that will run windoze code. There are a ton of Linux games to install and try, a lot are free.

Some things to consider before you wipe out your system. There are Linux distros like Kinoppix that will boot from a CD and do not need to be loaded on a hard drive in order to run. I would suggest you try one like that first to find out if you like linux enough to warrant the work.

Second, if you like linux, and want to install to a hard drive, consider a dual boot system. You don't have to give up your old system as you learn linux. There is a learning curve, it can be long and frustrating. Keeping the old system around lets you keep a running system while you learn linux install and configure linux.


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