posted on Feb, 26 2016 @ 07:18 PM
a reply to: DontTreadOnMe
Really? You started with XP? I can still remember 95, back when the game "Hover" was considered the best game ever. I started early - Vista just came
into the market when I was in highschool.
The external hardrive is probably going to be the easiest - Installing to a partition is a little harder mostly because you have to remember which
partition you wanted (Linux will label the partitions with a label - Mine are usually SDA1, SDA2, etc).
If the machine completely fails - The external will still have everything that you saved in it. The only thing you might need to do is on a newer
machine, make sure it's set to boot to that external first (Boot option will most likely be set the USB as the first boot option).
There is a caveat - The reason Linux is able to boot on any machine is it will install a boot loader (kind of like a second BIOS screen). So, if you
have to wipe out your computer for whatever reason, you can always install the bootloader again from the Live CD.
There is another possible route, if you want to look into it. If you don't mind a slower experience, you can try a "virtual" Linux Mint. All you need
is VMWare Player (which is free). and the Live CD ISO file. The virtual image can live on your external, and to enjoy the Linux experience, all you
need to do is start the virtual machine through VMWare. I've done quite a few Linux versions this way.
edit on 26/2/2016 by fossilera because: