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Old 10-05-2015, 10:31 PM   #1
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made my own usb flashdrive and nervous about bootin it up


hello, I am a newbie to linux. I have used windows my entire computing life. I do use firefox,vlc and such.. I followed instructions on making a bootable usb. I now have a downloaded iso of ubuntu on a 8g thumbdrive. I used pendrive linux universal usb downloader to create it after I downloaded this: ubuntu-14.04.3-desktop-amd64.iso - ISO 9660 Joliet archive, unpacked size 1,053,232,936 bytes..everything seems to be cool. It did everything..I just followed instructions from howtogeek.com. The question I have before I attempt to boot this up is, should I back up my computer?..I know it will take some time to do, in the mean time can I go ahead and plug in and mess around with it..by the way I use startpage for search engine and received a email from them about security,privacy and such, included was a link about linux. That is what encouraged me to take the plunge. I also saw a comment from someone on here, while I was messing around, it said "microsoft considers you a dumbass, linux proves it" I think that is what it said, anyway I liked that....I am running windows 7 on a hp....thanks
 
Old 10-06-2015, 10:50 AM   #2
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If you boot from your bootable usb, it loads the entire operative system on RAM memory, and it does not touch in any way your windows instalation. You could mount, read, and modify your windows partition, wich is useful if you need to recover data from a not working system or if you want to use some documents stored there. But to do so you have to explicitly mount your hard drive (this may sound a little technical, in reality this is made by clicking on the hard disk icon on the file browser.)
So, It's completly safe. as long as you dont delete or modify your windows files. Even if you do modify those, if the files are not system files, you should be safe.
 
Old 10-06-2015, 11:11 AM   #3
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I also saw a comment from someone on here, while I was messing around, it said "microsoft considers you a dumbass, linux proves it" I think that is what it said
Welcome to LQ!
Glad that my smarta** signature line encouraged you try Linux.
Any hoo, Linux or not you should always backup what you consider to be important.
and more importantly, you should test those backups before relying on them.
Booting and using a LiveCD (including via USB) as long as you don't mount your current operating system's disks/partitions, you should be fine.
Just booting a LiveCD does NOT mount these for you, so it has to be done intentionally.

Have fun!
 
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Old 10-14-2015, 08:32 AM   #4
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Thanks ya'll....I did it...good experience...nothing crashed..and I am a dumbass..
I like it, smooth and fast, looks good also...I am gonna download it for dual boot when I get home..got to read
about partioning...again thank you
 
Old 10-15-2015, 04:52 PM   #5
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Kind of depends on distro. The first live cd's didn't automatically mount local hard drives by default. Slowly some started to offer that ability by default. I'd say most still require you to take some action to mount in a read write state.

Be warned that some corporate systems have some very advanced tech that can detect booting and of course hidden cameras if you are using this at a work place.
 
Old 10-21-2015, 02:22 PM   #6
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This particular distro is cool..I just haven't found time to explore it yet. My idea is to dump windows forever, as soon as I am confident. I am gonna try to boot an old laptop that bluescreened on me some yrs back..win98 on it..gave a copie to one of my sons and he put it on a sony laptop with vista...He was impressed..I dont work :n a office setting..this is for my pleasure..I am a bricklayer by trade..40 yrs..soon to retire..want to build rocket wood heaters and plan to design and record using libre..ought to be fun figuring that out..tks for advice..
 
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Thanks for the update!
 
  


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