Getting Mint15 Mate and Win8 to exist together on my Lenovo notebook six months ago was not without its difficulties. I'm now planning to install Mint16 but I want to get rid of Win8 altogether and am seeking advice on how to do this. My current setup is as follows:
sda is a small msata drive:
sda1 - /root
sda2 - swap
sdb is a large hdd drive:
sdb1 - labelled WINRE_DRV formatted ntfs and marked boot
sdb2 - /boot/efi labelled SYSTEM_DRV formatted fat32
sdb6 - labelled LRS_ESP formatted fat32
sdb7 - flagged msftres with unknown format
sdb8 - labelled as Windows8_OS - Wndows C
sdb9 - /home ext4 partition
There are 3 other partitions sdb3 to 5 not relevant to this question.
So, to my questions:-
I am assuming I can get rid of partitions sdb6, sdb7 and sdb8 to remove Win8, but do I need to keep sdb1?
(By the way is there any way of resetting the drive's sdb numbers?)
Can I remove the Windows directory within /boot/efi?
There are references to other distros I tried that appear when I select Lenovo boot options. These must be stored within the bios as there is no reference within /boot/efi. I've heard of something called nvram and I wonder how I can edit this to remove Windows and other distros from this?
Hoping someone will answer these.