You can access external drives from Linux (although the complication of NTFS may need some tweaking) but it will depend on your PC if you can boot from the external drive...Thanks for that . another thing is I've got a removable hard drive that if NTFS formated. Can i load it on that?
You should be able to use that hard drive the same as you can in Windows. Linux Mint is indeed a good distro for a noob, if you download the main edition it come with all of the 'non-free' software preconfigured, things like Flash, Java, all the video and sound codecs. IIRC it comes with all the correct modules for NTFS pre installed too. So you don't have to bother. LinuxMint is based on Ubuntu 8.04. I have recently converted my Dad to Linux and he is 62, he uses LinuxMint and found it easy. The thing you have to remember when getting started on Linux is that it is not Windows, so you will have to accept that things will be done differently, once you have got used to it, it'll be second nature, like Windows is now.Thanks for that . another thing is I've got a removable hard drive that if NTFS formated. Can i load it on that?
Yep, Linux is great on older hardware. It'll zip along on a machine that makes Windows crawl.I use Ubuntu on the PC i found in the bins.
I did have SUSE with a KDE front end, but I found it too fiddly. MOre for your deep matrix geekazoids