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To all new to Linux seeking to install

by theNetnest / November 23, 2014 9:38 AM PST

Would just like to make a suggestion to all those wishing to try installing any linux distro.
Whether it be the gparted live CD or Windows Disk manager, if you choose to try a Linux dual boot install,create a section of free space on your drive. The install will go much smoother letting it figure itself out with free drive space.
If using one drive with Windows: defrag, restart, defrag... several times. Restarting resets the next free block pointer to the first free block on the drive. This helps defrag restart and compress more space. Gparted resizes & moves files in one shot.
You will need to resize that partition to make the remaining space available. If your machine dies, stops or restarts you will most likely have file damage to whatever data it was trying to move.
For safety sake seek out how to backup your Master Boot partition and/or Disk partition table backup first in the event your working machine becomes unusable resizing or installing Linux.
It is always best for Linux newbies to to use a machine that really doesn't matter or use a Linux distro that has a good record with installations for a dual boot PC.

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