Hi, it’s been a few years since I have been here and straight away I have a question. I got Opensuse 13.2 installed on to my laptop that already had Windows 10 64 Bit installed on it. After a few weeks of working with the systems I have come to the conclusion that I need to do a restore on the Windows 10. I am having problems with it booting up properly and having had a bad update session when I got it early on. I had hoped it would correct itself with subsequent uploads, but it hasn’t. Since I have the time now, I wanted to do the restore then install everything else again.
My question is, once I do carry out the restore, do I need to reinstall Opensuse or will that part be left untouched, like the data I can leave on the C drive?
That is difficult to answer, since Windows usually sees Linux partitions as “unused space”. However, I do believe it will leave the Linux partitions untouched, as Windows is probably in the first couple of partitions.
Personally, though, because 13.2 is rapidly approaching EOL, I would just back up your home partition (or home directories, as the case may be), then do a fresh install of LEAP 42.2 after Win10 is restored.
Depend on what you use to “restore” if it is a disk that came with the machine then it is an image and will put the machine back to day one condition. ie no Linux and Window using all the drive. If it is a real Windows install disk then you should be able to adjust the partitioning to leave Linux partitions alone, though the default may to use the whole disk. It may be possible that even a real Windows disk may wipe the UEFI boot table and or the EFI boot partition. Making booting Linux a problem. Windows is not friendly
On 2017-01-04, silkmaze <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> My question is, once I do carry out the restore, do I need to reinstall
> Opensuse or will that part be left untouched, like the data I can leave
> on the C drive?
Before any reinstallation/recovery, backup your data externally.
Consider having a separate data NTFS partition (e.g. Drive `D’) that can be equally-well read/written by openSUSE and Windows.
Fix/reinstall your Windows 10 before installing openSUSE Leap 42.2 on top of your openSUSE 13.2 (don’t attempt an
After installing openSUSE Leap 42.2, remember to `zypper up’ before attempting to reboot into Windows.
Thank you for the help. I neglected to add that I have 2 HDD each one 2TB. Windows is installed on the first and OpenSuse on the second. The restore would be done using the standard Restore function of Win 10. There is a restore partition on HDD0, where Windows is installed, as well as the MS Office, which I bought when I ordered the laptop. I also bought the LEAP 42.1 version of OpenSuse.
Never-the-less, I will take your advice and back all my data up on an external drive then carry out the restore.
The question now is, should I install the 42.1 that I have on DVD, then update online or download the 42.2 and install that instead?
In opensuse.org.help.install-boot-login, you wrote:
> Thank you for the help. I neglected to add that I have 2 HDD each one
> 2TB. Windows is installed on the first and OpenSuse on the second.
Excellent idea. A laptop with 2 separate 2TB HDDs? Now that’s a luxury! Where I possible, I prefer to keep OSes on
separate HDDs. Still, if you want securely to isolate openSUSE’s reading and writing only to where your data is, I
recommend considering partitioning your Windows HDD to include a separate data partition. My suggesting ordering is:
Backup data -> Create data partition -> Copy data to data partition -> Fix/reinstall Windows 10 -> Install openSUSE Leap
> restore would be done using the standard Restore function of Win 10.
> There is a restore partition on HDD0, where Windows is installed, as
> well as the MS Office, which I bought when I ordered the laptop. I also
> bought the LEAP 42.1 version of OpenSuse.
Bought? It should be free. Leap 42.2 is free also and can be freely downloaded.
> Never-the-less, I will take your advice and back all my data up on an
> external drive then carry out the restore.
This step is essential. Operating systems and programmes are replaceable; data is not.
> The question now is, should I install the 42.1 that I have on DVD, then
> update online or download the 42.2 and install that instead?
See point 3 in my answer above. I see no point you wasting time updating via Leap 42.1 (and to be honest I’m not sure
openSUSE 13.2 -> Leap 42.1 is fully supported). Just install Leap 42.2 afresh on top of openSUSE 13.2 - it will be less
work in the long run.