Since I can boot an UBUNTU CD without installing UBUNTU can copy my files out before all this, why wouldn't I do that since I don't have to learn Linux or install it?
My computer is a Dell Dimension 4600 8vnkr41 that is isolated from the peripherals including online service. I have two extremely important documents, our photos and music that I want to save. Several sources, including the Dell Solution Team, say that I need to start 'anew' with an new hard drive and make my old one a slave, which I am okay with; I just need a second expert source to advise me on the best way to proceed since I severed relations with Dell after they lied to me and strung me along for three months. I bought a WD Black Caviar which is simple to install, it's the setup of the drives and loading that can ruin everything. Thanks in advance.