Dual booting Win 10 and Linuxmint 18.? 64 bit on laptop

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chuck5620
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Dual booting Win 10 and Linuxmint 18.? 64 bit on laptop

Post by chuck5620 » Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:36 pm

My laptop is literally falling apart and the windows have started to come up in fragments. I have a brand new WD 1T external drive which I want to back up my data to. Does the Back up Tool in Mint also handle the Win 10 files? Will I have to partition and format the external first
Chuck

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Re: Dual booting Win 10 and Linuxmint 18.? 64 bit on laptop

Post by Mattyboy » Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:56 pm

You can point the linux back up tool to personal files/folders stored on your windows drive.. it'll just make a tar file ( zip ). Probably a better way would be to just 'zip' the folders and place them on your back up drive.

If you're transferring files using Linux from your windows partition then you have the option to format your drive in ext4 but remember only Linux can read this format so you wont be able to access anything from a Windows machine. If you format in NTFS then you'll be able to access your files from 'any computer'.

Yeah you'll need to format your external drive, partitioning is up to you, before you can move files but most drives come 'from the factory' already formatted to NTFS anyway.

If you choose to format to Linux ext4 you'll have to use the chown command to gain permission to use it as ext4 is owned by root as default.
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Re: Dual booting Win 10 and Linuxmint 18.? 64 bit on laptop

Post by chuck5620 » Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:40 pm

Thanks for the quick reply - it is very helpful!
Chuck

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