Barsoomian51 - We do a lot of transfers from MyDocs to Linux here. The others in our Bunch are all Windowsers, and I'm PCLOS. You can back MyDocs up to DVD+RW, DVD-RAM, or Flashdrive formatted FAT32. All will be readable in Linux - just Copy into /home. Or create new directories (folders) - in /home to sort them into.
> You can also back MyDocs up to an XHD (external hard-drive) - partition, formatted FAT32 - and that will Read and Copy into Linux. If you dual-boot - Data, Videos, Movies, etc, will be Usable / Saveable / Transferable between systems, if the XHD is formatted FAT32.
> Linux copes well with running Videos and Movies directly from an XHD - SMplayer and VLC seem to be best for this. XP-Pro will usually run Videos - MPEG4-etc - from XHD, but can glitch with MPEG2 Movies. If for some reason forced to play such Movies in Windows - Copy them to Desktop in Windows and use PowerDVD, then delete the Movie from Desktop later.
> Windows-any sadly has some unfortunate customs, the "WAAAHHH....! Me-Winders-won't-go...!" - one being fairly common. So set it up to deal with that. With XP-Pro a reinstall is sometimes a better "fix" than messing around De-Viroiding it or arguing with crankitatious Registries and such.
> Set up C:-drive as a System-drive only. Give it 15-20GB for XP-Pro... (For Vista, do whatever your Psychiatrist directs.) Then have at least 2 other partitions - that is, have a D:-drive (or E:, if the burner has defaulted to D:) - then E: can be another partition, or left as "rest of drive".
> Copy the C:-drive MyDocs to D:-drive. Then delete MyDocs from C:-drive. Don't use C:-drive for any data-storage from then on. Use an app imstalled on C:-drive - Word will be okay - and Browse-Save a document to MyDocs in the new D:-drive location. Office and other apps will then default-save to MyDocs at its new address.
> While you should of course Backup everything you need to keep OFF the PC anyway - this then allows you to just Format-C: and reinstall XP-Pro - without losing MyDocs and the current-use status things in it. While it installs ensure that the friends for whom you're doing that, keep you well-supplied with nice Drinks, Steak-Dinners, etc. (Seems to work like that in our Bunch...)
> If, when you first install XP-Pro, and the applications - Office, Photoshop, etc - you first Copy the apps to a directory in the Rest-of-Drive partition. Put each in its own sub-directory, as Windows is very easily confused... Then, from original install of XP-Pro - and all subsequent reinstalls - the apps will install much faster than from their disks.
> That's still "Microsoft legit" - as you will still have only one "working" instance of each app, per app-disk-contents you are renting from the Monster. (You "own" the plastic disk you bought - not the contents....)
Edit:- If you are dual-booting an NT system with Linux - in Windows create a partition and name it - "F:-Trans", etc - and convert it to FAT32. Boot across to Linux, go to Storage Media. Linux will show the name "Trans", etc. Left-click it to mount it - and drag a Link to Linux Desktop. Close Media. From then on, Trans will mount and open in Linux on 1 Left-Click. As it's FAT32 - you can use it as if it was in Linux - Copy and Move to-from, etc. On Windows side - just shift things from NTFS partitions to Trans to easily access them in Linux. See Pic.