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And with that, I actually managed to mess something up right away. After the files were done copying, I clicked on the external hard drive label in the sidebar of Nautilus and tried to safely remove it. I waited for a few seconds afterwards and then unplugged it. Unfortunately, though that had worked a few times before that, it decided to give me an error this time telling me that I had unplugged the drive too soon, and that because the main partition of the drive was NTFS, I would need to go to Microsoft Windows and check the disk for errors there. I did that yesterday, but the whole process took 8 hours (I am not kidding, and that is not a typographical error). Thankfully, most of the files remained intact, though it complained about a few (not more than a number countable on my hands) music and image files. Furthermore, the last video file that I had copied over had become slightly corrupted, in that even though it was 10 minutes long, the last 2 minutes were no longer accessible. I went back into Linux Mint and was able to mount and use the files there; I also copied back the original versions of the few deleted and corrupted files found in Microsoft Windows, and those worked fine in Linux Mint, so I don't know what the tools in Microsoft Windows were complaining about. After that, I rebooted to do another disk check for good measure, but this time rather than using the GUI tool, I loaded the command prompt and typed "chkdsk /f f:" (because my external hard drive is labeled "F" in Microsoft Windows). While thankfully no other errors were found, the tool once again removed the same music and image files as before. At the same time, I also decided to defragment the two partitions used by Microsoft Windows. One of them took no time at all because it's basically empty anyway. The other one didn't take much time despite being rather filled because about a week ago, I anticipated needing to modify the hard drive partitions so I devoted basically the whole day to defragmenting that partition. After that, this one didn't take much time. I decided to go back to Linux Mint and copy over those files to the external hard drive once more for good measure. Finally, I decided to take one last look at whatever other settings and customizations I had before proceeding to the installation.
|New: [Customized] Mozilla Firefox + Desktop Cube|
|New: Gedit + Linux Mint Menu + Customizations|
Aside from the last one (which now seems to be under control anyway), these issues are pretty minor on the whole. Overall, I really like Linux Mint 13 LTS "Maya" Xfce because I have been able to customize it just the way I want. I intend to keep using this for another few years from now unless serious issues pop up before then; that said, if something like SolusOS 2 turns out to recreate my preferred GNOME 2 experience even better than this does, I won't be as reluctant to look into switching, now that I have an external hard drive of my own. But I won't think about that now; I'm just going to focus on getting accustomed to the remaining minor differences and then using the desktop as I have been for the last couple of years.