Trisquel install over win 8.1

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iceburn
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I have a SSD with win 8.1 installed. Can trisquel be installed over 8.1 while keeping all the data safe ?
In other words, can Linux be installed over windows (not dual boot), without deleting data ?

rinakra
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I mean, but "the data" do you mean just the files in your :C drive (I think) like documents and things, or do you mean the operating system itself?

I have never heard of installing Linux "over" windows. I don't even know what that might mean. What do you want the final result to be?

iceburn
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Yes the files in c: drive, not the os.
I think it will need re-formatting and that will wipe all data, although there is a backup. Just wondered if it was possible to install linux without wiping data with a re-format.

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> Yes the files in c: drive, not the os. I think it will need
> re-formatting and that will wipe all data, although there is a backup.
> Just wondered if it was possible to install linux without wiping data
> with a re-format.

Sorry, no. You'll need to backup your files to another medium and copy them
over to Trisquel after installing. If you were installing Trisquel over
another GNU/Linux distribution with a separate /home partition then it
would be possible to keep your user data in place, but Windows uses a
different filesystem type, so I don't see a way around reformatting.

nadebula.1984
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For one condition. Before installing GNU/Linux, the "fast boot" (anti-)feature must be disabled in Losedows 8 or later versions. Otherwise the harddisk would be read-only.

Since Losedows 8, the "shut down" function didn't actually shut down the system, but hibernated instead (while closing any open program or document). The main purpose was to make customers believe that their computers could "startup" within a few seconds (actually resuming from a minimal memory image).

loldier
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https://hopkinsdev.blogspot.com/2017/01/installing-linux-ubuntu-on-existing.html

They say there's a workaround to install Ubuntu on an NTFS partition. NTFS is a hostile environment. GNU/Linux should be installed on a native partition (ext).

iceburn
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> For one condition. Before installing GNU/Linux, the "fast boot" (anti-)feature must be disabled in Losedows 8 or later versions. Otherwise the harddisk would be read-only.

is this feature disabled in bios ? (thinkpad x200 intel bios)

nadebula.1984
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You need to disable it in Losedows 8/8.1/10's advanced power management options. Administrator privilege is required.