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Old 02-02-2011, 04:26 AM   #1
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Want to install Linux to another drive (currently has Windows Vista)

How do I format another drive to "accept" Linux and delete/erase Windows?
Old 02-02-2011, 04:32 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by callhow View Post
How do I format another drive to "accept" Linux and delete/erase Windows?
Just the install the linux on the drive, using the option to install linux in the full disk. This will erase the windows installation on the drive.
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If you have 2 drives, why do you want to erase Win? I'd rathe go to dual-boot until you are 100% sure your Linux installation works fine. You can erase Windows and reformat drive later.
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Question Trying Ubuntu 10.10 - Maverick Merkeet?

While it wasn't really that difficult to wipe the Windows Vista (buggy) and awkward to use....I found that using the whole drive for....ext 4....wasn't the
smartest thing to do! I don't have enough "in-depth" knowledge of Linux distros (but have been using) Ubuntu versions & Kubuntu for a couple of years), plus keeping a Windows XP pro version "active" on another machine(for failsafe operating).

However, I found that the ext 4 (or the Maverick version) can't interact with previous versions? The smooth/uncluttered screens are nice, but, my system is
rather slow for viewing photos? Thought I'd get the Kubuntu drive out and try it....found I couldn't remember the login & password.....

I guess, the previous windows users are accustomed to; windows screens/graphics to lead them - wherever VS Linux which requires users to know/remember the
codes/sequences/many abbreviations associated with the actions that can be accomplished. So I really have to learn what all the different abbreviations
actually pertain to - and then decide what I want to this correct?
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^ not sure what the question is but to install most distributions of linux (single or dual boot) i usually just boot up using the live-cd (or live-usb) and double-click the icon on the desktop that says something like 'install fedora to hard drive'.

then somewhere during the install it will ask if you want to keep the other operating systems or delete them.
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I have Ubuntu 10.10 and also Debian Squeeze and there is quite a difference in speed. I know that part of it has to do with running processes, but Debian squeeze definately is faster in response times.
Also it's as easy to install as Ubuntu.
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Take a look at virtual machines. They are easy and safe ways if your system if fairly new.


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