The series focuses on installing Debian as a primary OS and removing Windows/ formatting Windows.
Part - 1 focuses on creating a recovery drive and a bootable drive.
- Wired Internet connection (Wired is preferred as the wireless drivers have to be added as part of installation)
- One USB flash drive (atleast 16 GB in size) if you want to create a Windows 10 recovery drive
- One USB flash drive for creating a bootable media to load the Debian OS.
- Of course a laptop.
The recovery drive will store Windows OS with the system files which will allow you to reinstall Windows again at a later point in time. Consider the recovery drive as a factory reset/Wipe data option in a mobile phone nowadays.
Any personal files or applications will not be backed up in the recovery drive. For that, you need to do a system image backup which will backup everything. System Image Backup will require an external hard drive as it is a large file. For eg. If you have a 1TB hard drive with 100 GB of used size, the system image backup will almost be about 100 GB in size.
Insert the formatted/clean USB flash drive which is at least 16 GB in size. The steps below are done for Windows 10. It might change a little bit for other versions of Windows.
Press Windows button + S. Type Recovery Drive.
Back up system files to the recovery drive checkbox. Keep it checked.
Select the USB drive once it appears. Click next.
Get a snack, this will take sometime to finish.
Click finish and store the USB at a safe place.
Download required ISO (*.iso) file for Debian from the here.
Download the Rufus software from here. This is a helper software to create a bootable media.
Insert a formatted USB flash drive and open Rufus.
Select the USB flash drive in device.
Select the ISO file.
[optional] Give an appropriate Volume label (flash drive name).
Keep everything else as default option.
Click start and click close once it is ready.