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Removing XP from dualboot

Postby p10 on Sat Apr 12, 2008 4:41 am

I have been running a dualboot XP/Mint for some time now. As time has past, I no longer use my XP-install, and want to remove it an go solo on Linux Mint.

I have two options:
    Fresh install
    Use Gparted to delete XP and reformat the partitions.

I think a fresh install would have the highest probability of sucess, but it would meen that many months of tweeking the system to my liking would be wastet!

Using Gparted would hopefully save me a lot of work, but I fear that it would be to difficoult to do? Or am I wrong??
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Re: Removing XP from dualboot

Postby Zwopper on Sat Apr 12, 2008 5:29 am

You're right about the fresh install, it's always the best way.
My advise is to use your old XP partition as /home, that will save you a lot of hassle in the future!
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Re: Removing XP from dualboot

Postby Slocker on Sat Apr 12, 2008 6:26 am

Well, I'd have to know how much bigger the XP partition is, but I'd recommend you to use the XP partition as a Backup one. I have a partition mounted in /mnt/Backup to that purpose. Or maybe you can use it as /mnt/Downloads ;)
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Re: Removing XP from dualboot

Postby Fred on Sat Apr 12, 2008 6:57 am

p10,

You have lots of options. You might want to look at the below threads about ways of mounting partitions and isolating data.

viewtopic.php?f=90&t=10696

viewtopic.php?f=46&t=10043&st=0&sk=t&sd=a&start=30

Probably more info. there than you really wanted but it might give you some ideas.

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Re: Removing XP from dualboot

Postby p10 on Sat Apr 12, 2008 1:14 pm

This is what i ended up doing:

Booted a Live-cd and used Gparted to remove my XP-partition and make a new xt3-partition out of the freed-up space.

I then got the idea to use this new partition to host my homefolder. So i followed this how-to:
http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/separatehome
Only problem was that I forgot to change this addition "/dev/hda7 /home ext3 nodev,nosuid 0 2" to the fstab so that it pointed to my new homepartition "sda5"... Result: Unable to login after the reboot!

Had to go back and redo the fstab so that it pointed to the right place!

But in the end I got it all to work (so far at least) and I am pretty pleased with the result: Got ridd of XP and kept my tweeked Mint 4.0 the way I liked it! :D
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Re: Removing XP from dualboot

Postby Fred on Sat Apr 12, 2008 5:31 pm

p10,

Congratulations, It feels good to be clean doesn't it! :-)

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Re: Removing XP from dualboot

Postby Husse on Sat Apr 12, 2008 6:07 pm

Hey p10 we do have a wiki!
And there you find
http://www.linuxmint.com/wiki/index.php ... _partition
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