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Installing Fedora 27 on Asus x501a; the no CD dilemma

asked 2017-11-25 18:15:02 -0500

vulpesVelox gravatar image

Hello there,

I've had the pleasure of using Fedora 27 for a few days now, and I'm slowly falling in love with it.

Thus far I've installed the OS from a flash drive on a throw-away laptop computer, which my dear mother had lying about, and now that I've gotten used to it, I find it unlikely, that I'll be reverting to using Windows anytime soon.

I'm strongly considering installing Fedora to my own laptop, an Asus X501A, but where the aforementioned throw-away laptop is blessed with a CD-ROM drive, my own machine was born without such a device.

When I've reinstalled Windows7 on the Asus X501A machine in the past, I've benefitted greatly from the ability to do a "factory reset", which would automatically install Windows7, allowing me to have a wee nap in the meantime.

Now, here's my dilemma: If I were to take the leap of faith, inserting the flash drive in the USB port, subsequently rebooting and selecting the flash drive in the boot menu, hence running the Fedora installer, would the factory settings remain or forever be lost?

I'd like to retain the option of reverting to Windows should it for some reason become nescessary later on in life, you see.

I hope this question makes sense to you, and thank you in advance for your kind advice.

Best regards,

Vulpes

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answered 2017-11-26 00:29:00 -0500

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updated 2017-11-26 00:34:22 -0500

If you install the "live" version of Fedora (under Other Downloads here) in the USB drive, you can run Fedora without touching the hard drive at all. That way you can run Fedora and see if it is something you want to commit doing. You can even install additional packages, provided they aren't huge and depending on the amount of RAM in the system. (The live version uses a ram disk for its operation, though it also uses the USB drive to read from.) I ran the live version for a couple weeks, hibernating overnight, until I was sure it well supported this hardware.

Depending on what you mean by "factory settings", Fedora install by default overwrites the "Windows System Restore and Recovery" partition to gain more disk space for Linux, or leave that partition untouched if you ever want to use it. The latter requires more knowledgeable disk partitioning during Fedora installation.

Another option to consider is replacing the hard drive with another one. A 1.0 TB SSD can be had for under $300; a 120 GB for $70. Open the laptop, remove the existing disk, pop in the SSD, and you have preserved everything on the "old system" and greatly increased the performance of the computer.

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