Hard Drive

It used to be thought that you were either a computer genius or some kind of “geek” if you were able to install Linux onto a systems hard drive, but not any more.

Thanks to LiveCD‘s and graphical installers such as Ubiquity and Anaconda, installation to a hard drive is now an extremely easy process that can be undertaken by anyone. Installing most Linux distributions is now as easy as booting from a LiveCD/USB, clicking the “Install” icon on the desktop, and answering a few questions. Even the set-up of complex multi-boot systems can easily be achieved through the graphical installer.

If your BIOS supports booting from USB devices Linux can be installed to a USB hard drive, although this would probably only be advisable on USB 2.0 or better as transfer rates from earlier USB versions (1.0/1.1) were extremely slow. By far the best results will be achieved by installing and running Linux from an internal hard drive.

Another option, at least for Ubuntu and Linux Mint is to install Linux “inside” Microsoft Windows, Ubuntu’s “WUBI” and Mint’s “Mint4Win” are small Windows applications included on the LiveCD’s, when the LiveCD is inserted into a PC running Windows the application autostarts and offers to install Linux for you. We don’t advise installing by this method as Linux will not be installed to its own native partition but rather to a folder inside windows, not only decreasing performance but also undermining Linux security and leaving the Linux installation open to interference from Windows Malware and Viruses.

2 Responses to “Hard Drive”

  1. avatar bert symons says:

    Hello, I run a computer club for the over 50’s at my church. My Granddaughter donated a dell laptop with Windows XP operating system

    I would like to install Linux as “the” operating system for this Dell machine. I would appreciate some guidance on this please

    Thank yooooo

  2. avatar mark says:

    Hi bert,

    If you’d like to join our FORUMS (link at the top of every page) there are people that will be happy to answer any questions you have, and help with the installation 🙂

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