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I'm looking to make the switch to linux on my desktop. Right now I have a boot drive ssd running windows and a data drive. I'm commited to solely running Ubuntu Mate 16, but I'm worried about my data drive. Particularly, I have a mongodb stored there that I don't want to lose. If I leave my data drive untouched, and wipe my SSD and put linux on that, will I still be able to access my database on my data drive? Or would it not work?

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    See for yourself: Create a LiveUSB ("Try Ubuntu" without installing), install MongoDB to the test environment, and check your database yourself. Then you will know if it will work...without risking your current system. Backup all data before mucking with OS testing and changes. – user535733 Mar 1 '17 at 15:56
  • What filesystem is your data drive running? Are you also changing MongoDB server versions? The MongoDB data files are cross-platform, but possible speedbumps to watch out for are filesystem performance differences (NTFS on Linux vs Windows) and compatible MongoDB server versions in your Windows & Linux environments. If you are upgrading to a newer version of MongoDB as part of your Ubuntu install you should review the relevant MongoDB release notes and upgrade documentation. – Stennie Mar 3 '17 at 15:17
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  1. Unplug the data drive when installing Ubuntu. (for peace of mind)

  2. Ubuntu is supported by the MongoDB Community. or you can Dual-Boot Windows with Ubuntu

    how to install MongoDB

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