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guys i need your suggestions i want to use another OS alongwith my windows in my PC i used ubuntu but i don't want it again coz last time when i was instaling it with windows every data i collected from 2001 to 2014 deleted songs personal data photos etc.what are your suggestions Redhat LinuxMint Debian etc?
 
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I use Linux Mint, but be careful because you could still delete your Windows files if you don't install Linux properly. The distribution you used has nothing to do with your lost of data. It was caused by a mis-configuration.
 

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i have a netbook so i couldn't install a separate drive.should i install Linux 1st and then windows?
 

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Put linux in first then windows theres plenty of guides out there. You could always run it off a thumb drive...
 
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which Os you prefer most?ubuntu linux mint redhat Debian?
 
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In my humble opinion, ubuntu, linux mint and debian, are somewhat similar, the desktop environment is what differ the most. The philosophy is also a bit different , but the underlying "motor" is the same.

Debian Wheezy is ok but lacks most "you_name_it_softwares" recent versions (that is, if you intend to use it as is). Ubuntu 14 LTS is what power our workstation at school and is a decent O.S in term of hardware support and software offer.

I can't speak about linux mint, but one of my colleague swear only by LM 16 Petra with the KDE desktop and wouldn't change at ANY cost.

About that painfull experience with ubuntu that led to a significant loss of data, the setup screen is pretty well made and did not change up til now:

But if installing linux distros alongside Windows involves resizing your existing partitions to free up some space for Ubuntu , then there will be some risks to mess things up during installation.

You best option is to create free space by resizing one or several partitions under windows, using windows disk manager (diskmgmt.msc)

 
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I would recommend Ubuntu Gnome 14.04 LTS. As you found out first hand, you really should back up your files. Don't blame Ubuntu for something that really was your mistake in the first place. Ubuntu is still a solid distro. Some people prefer Mint, but in reality both Mint and Ubuntu are based off of Debian, but I've found it to be a good server OS but lacking a lot of user-friendly things. All in all, I would give some flavor of Ubuntu a try. I personally hate Unity, so I use i3 as my window manager after installing Ubuntu Gnome which supported UEFI boot out of the box (something I cared about).
 
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I use Ubuntu on some of my crunching rigs. Works great.
 

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+1 Ubuntu, just backup your files first. You can always just use a disk or USB, it will create a Ubuntu directory if you make changes to keep up with those changes on your next boot. You could mount the ISO, and use it that way if you are not comfortable installing it along side Windows. I don't know if anyone here uses this but here (like FreeBSD) is a good OK virtual Bash to practice in with out installing Linux. ;)

EDIT: I currently use VMware to test out different distros.
 
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I have 3 NTFS drives in windows & and 100GB allocated.i just tried to install linux mint but its reading whole hard drive as a one partition under the something else option..what should i do?i have install windows 7 and i create another partition for Linux but told you before Linux is reading as one partition..
 

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I use Linux Mint, but be careful because you could still delete your Windows files if you don't install Linux properly. The distribution you used has nothing to do with your lost of data. It was caused by a mis-configuration.
beside ubuntu, mint looks good or you can try ubuntu variant like lubuntu or lxle
 
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Ubuntu if you want the Mac OS look/feel. Debian Mint if you want the Windows 7'ish look/feel. Command lines is the same pretty much for all of them. I do like Ubuntu as a HTPC build as it has a nice software repository and has an easier to use GUI for people not familiar with Linux. Another one I have been meaning to install is Android_x86 but haven't had a chance to play with it yet but have read some good info on.
 
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Another vote for Ubuntu + GNOME if your hardware can handle it...if not, Xubuntu.

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Spreading some love for Mageia 4. My current distro preference for testing things.
 

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It sounds like you didn't take backups. Regardless of what computer configuration you have, you must have a backup or you're guaranteed to lose your data at some point. I wouldn't blame Ubuntu for this data loss.

For a netbook, you'll either need a NAS or a cloud backup solution. Don't skip it or you will lose your data again.
 
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Custom ARCH install, although its more of a pain to install than say Mint (debian) or Manjaro (arch based).
I prefer a KDE based distro, although Gnome is much easier to start with since distros based on it seem easier to install.
 
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I would go with Linux Mint. Though Ubuntu is good too. Much easier to install than the other distros. You could always run them off a usb drive before installing them.

Spreading some love for Mageia 4. My current distro preference for testing things.
I tried Mageia recently. Was a pain to install on the usb drive. Have it on a backup pc for testing different distributions.
 

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Windows 8.1 Pro
 

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I actaully have it downloaded, but I've forgotten to try it. I'll do it this afternoon.
 

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