I own a dual-boot computer, with one partition being XP and the other one being Ubuntu 14.04 (1st screenshot is from GParted for more details). I want to upgrade my XP partition to Windows 7, but that means that all my data will be deleted, therefore I have to back it up somehow. I have 2 potential ways to do this: 1. Just copy the data on an external HDD (specifically a WD My Passport 4TB drive) while on Ubuntu. This sounds very simple, but the problem is a) that I'm not sure how the disk will react with Ubuntu and b) that large file transfers in Ubuntu end up making the OS completely unresponsive and aren't finished as they are intended to. I won't experiment with the former until someone tells me it's OK. I tried to fix the latter (specifically this link https://blog.programster.org/fix-freezes-when-transferring-files ), but everytime I try to enter any command or press the enter button after the first command it gives me a "sorry, try again" message, requesting me to type my very correct password again and again). 2. Create a small Windows 7 partition from inside the XP one, use my external HDD to backup the files from it, delete that small partition, re-attach it back to the XP one and then (finally) re-install Windows 7. I'm not sure how to make a new partition with GParted, however, and if creating and deleting a partition like that will negatively affect my HDD. My request from whoever is reading this is that you assess one of the 2 solutions and help me with implementing it. I also have another problem which is secondary and will be irrelevant soon (after I stop using XP) but, for future reference, would be cool if there was a solution to it. It's depicted in the second picture attached, and it appears right after the WinXP loading screen. It doesn't allow me to boot with any way possible, and also I don't get presented with the opportunity to recover the system in any way possible when I insert the installation CD. Any ideas?