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Better partition for Mint14

Postby FrankGun on Mon Apr 08, 2013 3:45 pm

Hi Gents,

my name is Francesco.

I d like to install Mint14 on my notebook, I had Xp but I decide to remove it after the n-crash!
So, yesterday I did the 1st installation but I think with a not optimal partition.
So, I d like to re-install again, following your suggestions.

So, I have a
Fujitsu Amilo Pro V3505
Intel Core Duo Mobile Technology T5500 (667 fsb)
Intel 945GM / ICH7-M
Intel GMA 950 with 256-bit graphics core with dynamic video memory technology up to 128MB
1 DDR-2 533 SDRAM

This is my partition at the moment (in attached), BUT I will make every changes you suggest me for a better partition.
Pls, tell me 2 configurations, one for Mint alone and a second for Mint and Xp.

Thanks.

Francesco
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Re: Better partition for Mint14

Postby turboscrew on Wed Apr 10, 2013 4:38 am

Looks good.

I usually use Windows boot, because Windows tools can fix Windows disk problems, but they usually destroy Linux boot.

To do that with XP, you install the Linux and add Grub to the beginning of the root (Linux) partition.
Then you mount the Windows partition:
mkdir /media/win
mount -t ntfs /dev/sda5 /media/win

Then you copy the boot sector into the windows disk (for booting):
(/dev/sda1 must be unmounted. If it is mounted: umount /dev/sda1)
dd if=/dev/sda1 of=/media/win/bootrec.lnx bs=512 count=1

Now you are done in linux side, and you can reboot after installation (from LiveCD).
Boot into windows and edit the file "boot.ini":

Add line
C:\bootrec.lnx="Linux Mint 14"

If you want Linux to be the default system, change:

default=C:\bootrec.lnx

With Vista and nerew Windows versions (BCD-boot) things are different (and easier).

The other option is to add Grub in the MBR of /dev/sda Then Grub boots windows.
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Re: Better partition for Mint14

Postby FrankGun on Sat Apr 13, 2013 1:37 am

Hello Guys,

I decided to install only Mint14 in my notebook.
this is my partition in attached.

Everything is OK, I found this distro very easy for a beginner like me.
If I come back to Xp???
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Thanks to this forum showing me many interesting tips and so on.
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Re: Better partition for Mint14

Postby catweazel on Sat Apr 13, 2013 2:40 am

That looks fine, though you probably could have made root / about 16GB smaller.
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Re: Better partition for Mint14

Postby FrankGun on Sat Apr 13, 2013 5:48 am

You mean sda1 about 20Gb ? 32Gb is too much for the root?
If I do it, do I have to install again? or can I make sda1 smaller,then I add the 12Gb free to sda2? can I do it? sda2 needs to be formatted?

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Re: Better partition for Mint14

Postby usbtux on Sun Apr 14, 2013 6:10 am

FrankGun wrote:You mean sda1 about 20Gb ? 32Gb is too much for the root?
If I do it, do I have to install again? or can I make sda1 smaller,then I add the 12Gb free to sda2? can I do it? sda2 needs to be formatted?

thanks


Just resize, no need to reinstall/format - make sda1 smaller, then make sda2 larger.
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