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rgwic 04-04-2014 09:07 AM

Moving windows files to Linux
 
I would like to install Linux on our home office computer. How do I backup my windows files, docs, pictures, etc. and move them into Linux?

10i 04-04-2014 09:21 AM

Hi there, can you specify which version of Windows/Macos you are using; as well as which version of Linux you will be using.

This will help people give accurate advice.

jp734 04-04-2014 09:27 AM

Linux can read NTFS formatted drives. I have dual boot W7 and Linux right now and all the files that are stored on Windows MyDocumets, etc... I can access them on linux. So there should be nothing to worry about.

rgwic 04-04-2014 09:29 AM

The computer is now running windows 7 home premium. I have Linux mint on cd distribution. I used windows backup onto external my book disk.

schneidz 04-04-2014 09:41 AM

i would boot up the live-usb and make sure that the files are readable when you plug in your usb drive.

yancek 04-04-2014 10:15 AM

It isn't clear what your final goal is. Are you going to leave the windows 7 operating system on the computer and install Mint?
Or are you going to install Mint only and save the data (documents, music, movies, etc.) from windows? If you have a backup of all your data on a second drive, after installing Mint (or during the install) you can create an additional partition formatted ntfs on which to put your windows data. Please clarify your intentions.

mddnix 04-04-2014 10:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rgwic (Post 5146523)
I would like to install Linux on our home office computer. How do I backup my windows files, docs, pictures, etc. and move them into Linux?

Since you are not upgrading from windows to windows, just backup in good old way - copy/paste. Copy all your personal files/docs/pictures to usb or any other partition (fat32). What do you mean by 'backup windows files'?, you don't need them in linux.

suicidaleggroll 04-04-2014 11:04 AM

Assuming you plan on wiping out Windows and installing Linux in its place:

1) Plug in external hard drive
2) Copy all needed files onto said external hard drive
3) Install Linux
4) Plug in external hard drive
5) Copy all needed files from said external hard drive to some new location in Linux

Fred Caro 04-04-2014 10:48 PM

Yes make sure the files are readable from "my book" on the external drive using a linux run pc/os. If not back them up using a linux program with ntfs reading abilities (partedmagic has this, it's a live cd).
Just sounds (my book) Windoze dependent.

Fred.

rgwic 04-05-2014 07:11 PM

Thanks for all replies
 
Am I correct in thinking that I can create a folder with a command line entry and and then drag and drop my data into that folder. I do intend to get rid of windows eventually. Should I just set up in dual boot mode till I have tested the waters?

jp734 04-05-2014 10:38 PM

Am I correct in thinking that I can create a folder with a command line entry and and then drag and drop my data into that folder

- Yes, you're correct.


I do intend to get rid of windows eventually. Should I just set up in dual boot mode till I have tested the waters?

- That's the smart way of doing it. I would highly suggest.

chrism01 04-06-2014 03:36 AM

Yeah, try dual boot until you get used to Linux. As above, Linux can mount NTFS volumes (drives/partitions).


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