animaguy wrote:Some people may disagree with me but I recommend using a DVD/RW for iso burning. They are cheap. They can be erased easily and used again.
Aging Technogeek wrote:It is difficult to install from an external hard drive due to the presence(usually) of other files on the drive. If you have a blank drive (or one you do not mind erasing) it would be simpler. A flash drive is really the best way to go for a netbook or other computer that does not have an internal CD/DVD drive.
I am assuming from your posts that you will be downloading the iISO and creating the install medium in Windows. I am not familiar with either Unetbootin for Windows or Pendrive Linux since I did not start using flash drives for installation until I was running only Linux. Unetbootin for Windows should be similar to Linux, but there is enough room for variation that I do not want to give you step by step instructions and maybe cause a failed installation.
Someone who is familiar with creating bootable flash drives in Windows will hopefully read this and respond.
Aging Technogeek wrote:Actually, Unetbootin was originally a Linux app that was ported to Windows while Pendrive Linux is a Windows only application. Either works well for your purpose and both are free for download off their respective websites.
Both websites include usage instructions (personally, I think the Unetbootin instructions are more straightforward and easy to follow, but check both and make your own choice)
Aging Technogeek wrote:You seem to have it all under control. Just follow the steps as you have listed them and it should work fine. If you run into any more problems, don't hesitate to ask for help.
If you are away from home and have only the one computer available, I would not recommend trying a change of Operating Systems. Especially if the computer is required for work.
I would say wait until you get home and have a backup system just in case something bad happens. You would not want to be left with an unusable computer.
Even if all goes well, there is a learning curve you will have to get through . Mint is easy to use, but it is not Windows. Many things are done differently. If you are using your computer for work, I would advise putting Mont on a second computer until you have (somewhat) mastered the differences, then replacing Windows on your work box.
n1sh1k4ze wrote:"Download Mirrors" is for direct download using download manager software. Find the nearest mirror to you, and click the hyperlink.
While a torrent is data about a target file, though it contains no information about the content of the file. You'll need software like BItComet, uTorrent, or BIt Torrent to download the ISO.
n1sh1k4ze wrote:You've downloaded the file from one of the America mirror? Please make sure that the file you downloaded is around 1 GB. If it is, then you'll set to make the USB startup disc using Unetbootin and the 1 GB file you've just downloaded.
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