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Mint 14 Reinstall

Postby Venom on Sat Mar 23, 2013 9:47 am

I messed up something in my Mint 14 installation and now I would like to reinstall it. I have it alongside Win 7 on a separate partition (of course) and I want to ask is it enough to format my Linux partitions through Window's Disk Management and then try to reinstall (I have a bootable USB for that, worked like a charm the first time).
Will that mess up my Grub boot loader? Does it matter in what order I format these partitions (one swap, one standard)?
Unfortunately, I don't have a Win 7 installation DVD because I own a preinstalled OEM version. I read that is the only way to fix your MBR.
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Re: Mint 14 Reinstall

Postby viking777 on Sat Mar 23, 2013 10:02 am

You don't have to format it with anything, the installation procedure will do that for you. It won't 'mess up' grub it will reinstall it.
As regards Windows you can download a windows recovery cd from lots of places, or you can even make your own, which is better still http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/5409/cre ... windows-7/ , so you don't need the original disk to repair windows (although you do to reinstall it).

Boot from your usb stick choose 'something else' installation option and mark the original mint partition as the the / partition and the original swap as the new swap partition. Elect to format both of them. That is all you need to do. You will lose any data and programs on your old mint partition of course.
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Re: Mint 14 Reinstall

Postby Venom on Sat Mar 23, 2013 10:36 am

When Mint reinstalls Grub, will Grub still recognize my Win 7 installation?
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Re: Mint 14 Reinstall

Postby viking777 on Sat Mar 23, 2013 11:19 am

It certainly should, that is what it is designed to do. There have been rare occasions when this hasn't happened, in which case you just boot into mint open a terminal and run

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On 99% or occasions you wont need to do that,windows will be detected and bootable.
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Re: Mint 14 Reinstall

Postby Venom on Sat Mar 23, 2013 2:05 pm

The installer crashed when I tried to reinstall Mint without previously formatting the partitions. So, should I format them through Disk Management or what?
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Re: Mint 14 Reinstall

Postby viking777 on Sat Mar 23, 2013 2:35 pm

If the installer crashes whilst trying to format partitions then either the installer is faulty or you have done something wrong.

In my opinion, you should never use windows to format linux partitions and vice versa. If you must format them before hand then use gparted from the live cd/usb, if that doesn't work then try windows, but only as a last resort.
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Re: Mint 14 Reinstall

Postby Venom on Sat Mar 23, 2013 3:03 pm

Everything seems to have went well the second time I tried to reinstall it through the Mint installer.
Thank you very much, viking777, you are a lifesaver :D
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