Convince step-dad?

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Re: Convince step-dad?

Post by mrmajik45 » Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:16 pm

Is there a way to just copy over a Vbox Drive file? (Install it onto a vdk or something like that and copy it over.)
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Re: Convince step-dad?

Post by Pierre » Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:06 pm

yeah - there is way to copy the windows system into an VBox setup:
- but you do need an working windows system, first.
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Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:26 pm
If you have a USB stick 32gb or larger, or a USB drive with a 32gb or larger linux ext4 partition, then you can fully install Linux Mint onto that. You could then boot to that USB stick or USB drive without affecting his currently installed system at all.
that is still your best option - even on an 16Gb stick will work.
- - an 8Gb stick will work, as well, but that size is getting a bit small, though.
that is to install the Linux System onto that usb stick .. ..
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Re: Convince step-dad?

Post by BG405 » Sat Mar 16, 2019 1:37 pm

As it's evident the HDD was engaged in I/O (data being written) at the point of impact, at the very least I'd perform a thorough check to make sure there isn't any physical damage. If you find bad sectors (particularly pattern(s) of such) across the HDD it'll need to be replaced; likely the heads will have crashed or at least splattered data bytes across the platter as the heads were jolted out of alignment.

As it's been wiped of data anyway, it's worth doing a test install of Mint, assuming it is physically OK.
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Re: Convince step-dad?

Post by phd21 » Sat Mar 16, 2019 1:55 pm

Hi "mrmajik45",
mrmajik45 wrote:How do I install Linux mint onto the USB drive? I mean I want the USB to act as a real OS. Not just an install USB. (I fear he may think Linux always reverts changes after restart) also yes I think I do put a bit too much into supporting it. I stayed up until 12 AM 2 days in a row.
1. Make a live test drive installation version of Linux Mint onto a USB Stick of 4gb or larger or to a DVD disc (download the Linux Mint iso file, use a DVD app (xfburn, k3b, brasero) for burning to a DVD disc or a USB stick app (Linux Mint image writer, etcher, unetbootin, etc...) for burning to a USB stick.

2. then, have another USB Stick or USB drive with a Linux ext4 partition of at least 16gb and 32gb or larger is preferred. Boot to the Live Linux Mint USB Stick or DVD disc and start the installation, during the installation, select the other USB Stick or USB drive's Linux ext4 partition as the destination (install to), follow the installation prompts, when finished remove the bootable installation USB Stick or DVD disc, and boot to the new fully installed USB stick or USB drive.

How to fully Install Linux Mint to USB Stick - YouTube
- I am not a professional video producer and I am using ancient under-powered computer hardware. This video was created to try and help people install Linux Mint to a USB stick.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_INn5_mXAI&t=7s

Hope this helps ...
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Re: Convince step-dad?

Post by HaveaMint » Sun Mar 17, 2019 1:10 am

mrmajik45 wrote:
Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:32 am
My step-dad accidentally bumped his laptop and it fell.
I don't see where anyone suggested that if the machine was running when it fell there is a chance it may have trashed the drive.
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Re: Convince step-dad?

Post by lsemmens » Sun Mar 17, 2019 7:43 am

HaveaMint wrote:
Sun Mar 17, 2019 1:10 am
mrmajik45 wrote:
Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:32 am
My step-dad accidentally bumped his laptop and it fell.
I don't see where anyone suggested that if the machine was running when it fell there is a chance it may have trashed the drive.
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Re: Convince step-dad?

Post by Moem » Sun Mar 17, 2019 7:46 am

HaveaMint wrote:
Sun Mar 17, 2019 1:10 am
I don't see where anyone suggested that if the machine was running when it fell there is a chance it may have trashed the drive.
Also here:
BG405 wrote:
Sat Mar 16, 2019 1:37 pm
As it's evident the HDD was engaged in I/O (data being written) at the point of impact, at the very least I'd perform a thorough check to make sure there isn't any physical damage. If you find bad sectors (particularly pattern(s) of such) across the HDD it'll need to be replaced; likely the heads will have crashed or at least splattered data bytes across the platter as the heads were jolted out of alignment.
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