I have Ubuntu installed on my HP G7000 laptop and I would like to copy files from my internal hard drive to USB hard drive, so I could Install Windows to my computer, but still be able to use Ubuntu. I don`t have enough space left on my internal hard drive so dual boot wont work.

  • ...and what files do you want to copy? What does "my ubuntu" means to you exactly? Commented Aug 8, 2015 at 8:27
  • It is unlikely (from your question) that you have the skills to attempt to modify an already installed Ubuntu Linux instance, to reconfigure it's installed location. While this is possible, you will most likely break your existing applications. You may need to do a fresh install of Ubuntu, to the external (or removable) media, and then to transfer any settings (or data). You could then just install Windows (with the external Linux not attached/present), overwriting any existing configuration.
    – david6
    Commented Aug 8, 2015 at 11:50

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You can use the dd command

sudo dd if=/dev/sdx of=/dev/usbx bs=1m

For more information you can read the following forum: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1561005

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