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by x.killeddestiny.x / March 10, 2008 12:27 PM PDT

Okay so I'm ot a Linux guru... yet lol. Anyways I'm trying to instal LinuxMint which is built off Ubuntu Basicaly we can't get into her account on Vista and she likes Linux more but we can't backup her data so formatings not optional. I just need to know that if you partition the drives free space in the instal will that delete her data?

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"we can't get into her account on Vista"
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 10, 2008 12:30 PM PDT
In reply to: Linux Instalation Help

Go lookup NTPASSWD which help us reset the password on Vista so you can get back in and backup your files.


PS. I can't comment on LinuxMint as it's a distro I've never booted or installed.

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Formatting and installing
by welrdelr / March 10, 2008 12:55 PM PDT
In reply to: Linux Instalation Help

You need to resize the partition first.
A live CD such as Knoppix and using the qtparted application will help.
Look at the old tutorials on here. If you can't find it, here is a newer one:

Burn Knoppix to a disk and boot the computer from it.
Tap the space bar before the screen boots up and type in "knoppix screen=1280x1024 depth=24 dma" and hit enter. Let the screen boot up. press the "Num Lock" key after the splash screen comes up. Ayt the bottom left corner, click the K and go to "control center." Click "peripherals" then "keyboard" and set the repeat rate to 13 to 15 per sec. click OK and close the window.
On the kicker- bottom panel- click the terminal- small tv screen- and let it open. Type in "sudo su' and hit enter. Type in "qtparted" after you see "root@knoppix." Qtparted will open. use this to resize the partition. be sure that you review and then commit the actions. Windows will recover data if the drive isn't heavily fragmented.

Adding to the above poster. password files are usually listed as passwd, search for all. John the ripper is a good tool for this.
Anyway, once the disk is resized, you will have the option of installing grub. Do so until you data is saved.

Fdisk and cfdisk are advanced tools for resizing if you know what to do.

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This will answer most of your questions
by phil66 / March 10, 2008 9:13 PM PDT
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Thanks for all your help
by x.killeddestiny.x / March 11, 2008 6:22 AM PDT

I think I've figured it all out. I still havent' tested it but I plan on doing so soon. Thanks once again.

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