Excellent advice.  Both the backup and the ‘bare metal clone’.  I doubt that I 
could have said it better myself…

I’m also becoming more and more in favor of running a virtual machine.  I’ve 
got one on my work laptop and my personal laptop, and I might just create 
another one on the personal laptop in which to run ‘everything’ (other than the 
virtual machine which I’m using for developing some software).


From: PLUG-discuss [mailto:plug-discuss-boun...@lists.phxlinux.org] On Behalf 
Of Bob Elzer
Sent: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 9:12 AM
To: Main PLUG discussion list
Subject: Re: installed livecd to boot sector?

Michael, I don't know how to fix the current problem but I can help you from 
getting into these situations in the future.

Backup Backup Backup

Before you start making changes to your OS, you need to make a bare metal 
The easiest way to accomplish this is to clone the OS drive.

After you clone, then if you screw up the Os you can just do a reverse clone 
and you are back to where you started.

Also you need to stop doing open heart surgery, for an ingrown toenail. If 
you're having issues with darktable, post a question about the problem,  
upgrading the OS seems like overkill.

I've mentioned this before, you should look at running your system in a virtual 

Then before making changes to the system you can take a snapshot, make the 
changes and then test them. If things go wrong, you just reboot to the previous 
snapshot, if all is fine after a week, you can delete the old snapshot.

You could also clone the virtual system and do testing in the clone before 
updating the original.

Backup Backup Backup

If you had a bare metal backup, you'd be up and running already.

Hope this helps for the future.

On Mon, Apr 9, 2018, 8:22 PM Michael 
<bmi...@gmail.com<mailto:bmi...@gmail.com>> wrote:
I forgot to mention that when I load 18.2/18.3 the cdrom icon shows the disk I 
have in and the install icon is also visible.

On Mon, Apr 9, 2018 at 10:22 PM, Michael 
<bmi...@gmail.com<mailto:bmi...@gmail.com>> wrote:
well, I just realized, of course they are not going to be available.... I 
haven't installed them on the new os. now I just meed to load into the os 
instead of the live os

On Mon, Apr 9, 2018 at 9:46 PM, Michael 
<bmi...@gmail.com<mailto:bmi...@gmail.com>> wrote:
okay..... if I load the livecd and then load from local disk I can load my home 
directory but not with everything. For instance kmymoney is not available, 
darktable is not available, Chrome is not available, and others as well.

On Mon, Apr 9, 2018 at 9:06 PM, Michael 
<bmi...@gmail.com<mailto:bmi...@gmail.com>> wrote:
I have no idea what I  did wrong......
first..... darktable was messing up so I decided to upgrade Mint to the newest 
version to see if that would fix it.
I put the disk in and installed it but upon restarting the live disk loaded 
again. Then I tried installing it again but it would load the OS from the live 
disk (I guess) but then when the gui started it would access the hard disk 
drive. I then tried putting a previous version on and this time it installed 
(instead of failing) but when I restart the computer it loaded the live disk 
(which was not in the computer at the time. What in the world did I do?



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