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install/partitioning advice

Postby golinux on Wed Sep 03, 2008 9:00 pm

Current partition structure is:

sda1 115 GB ext3 (flagged boot) - XP used to reside here but I nuked it many months ago and have been using the partition for file storage since then

sda2 18.5 GB ext3 / - Ubuntu Gutsy resides here (from when I dual booted with XP)

sda3 84 GB ext3 /home

sda4 ~1 GB swap

I'm liking Mint enough to consider installing Mint on sda1 of this drive. For the moment, I'd do a single partition install. If I decide to go all Mint, I'd nuke sda2 and sda3, resize sda2 and move Mint's /home to there. sda3 would turn into data backup.

I'm used to installing Linux on Virtual Box and on an entire disk but have never installed on a partition of my primary machine - I had help with the XP/Ubuntu dual boot. I'm scared to death!

Sooo . . . how do I install Mint on sda1 without destroying Ubuntu on sda2 and sda3? Manual partitioning? Or will a guided install just use sda1?

Your advice would be much appreciated.
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Re: install/partitioning advice

Postby msuggs on Thu Sep 04, 2008 12:07 am

You'll need to use manual partitioning. Once in the partitioner it should makes sense if you've done numerous installs before
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Re: install/partitioning advice

Postby golinux on Thu Sep 04, 2008 7:13 pm

Thanks. Unfortunately, some unpleasantness elsewhere on the forum has soured my enthusiasm for Mint, so the install is on hold indefinitely. Probably won't be around here much anymore. That's a darn shame . . .
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Re: install/partitioning advice

Postby AK Dave on Thu Sep 04, 2008 9:16 pm

Unpleasantness? Eh? Don't have a clue what that is about. Here's what you need. Search is your friend.

The Definative Dual Boot Guide
viewtopic.php?f=46&t=9922

Tutorial: How to Dual Boot Mint & Windows
viewtopic.php?f=42&t=13991

Tutorial: How to Partition your Hard Drive (my personal favorite)
viewtopic.php?f=42&t=358
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Re: install/partitioning advice

Postby AK Dave on Thu Sep 04, 2008 9:29 pm

golinux wrote:how do I install Mint on sda1 without destroying Ubuntu on sda2 and sda3?


As mentioned, you'll need manual partitioning. I recommend burning a gparted livecd and booting with it to do all of your partition fun.

I do NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT recommend using a single 115gb partition for Mint. You're stabbing yourself in the back, shooting yourself in the foot, and whacking off your nose to spite your face all at once. Its ugly. Please don't do ugly. I assure you that you'll regret it.
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Re: install/partitioning advice

Postby msuggs on Fri Sep 05, 2008 6:30 pm

golinux wrote:Thanks. Unfortunately, some unpleasantness elsewhere on the forum has soured my enthusiasm for Mint


I'm sorry that you were upset over the discourse in another thread. I'm sure you'd find this a pretty nice place if you gave it a bit more time.

Maybe next time :)


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Re: install/partitioning advice

Postby golinux on Sat Sep 06, 2008 10:48 am

omns wrote:
golinux wrote:Thanks. Unfortunately, some unpleasantness elsewhere on the forum has soured my enthusiasm for Mint


I'm sorry that you were upset over the discourse in another thread. I'm sure you'd this a pretty nice place if you gave it a bit more time.

Maybe next time :)

Maybe but probably not. My impression is that the attitude here is a bit too arrogant and condescending for my taste. After my initial enthusiasm with Mint, it brought me down with a big thud. I was already talking Mint up to my colleagues and considering substantial financial support for this project. Instead, I will be nuking my mint.vdi and moving on with Ubuntu. Some things just weren't meant to be . . .
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Re: install/partitioning advice

Postby msuggs on Sat Sep 06, 2008 5:44 pm

I wish you well. Enjoy your Linux :)
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Re: install/partitioning advice

Postby Lantesh on Sun Sep 07, 2008 1:14 pm

golinux wrote:My impression is that the attitude here is a bit too arrogant and condescending for my taste.

I've had that same feeling on other sites, but never here. It's unfortunate you feel that way, and our loss for losing someone who could have been a valuable member here. I'll offer you one thing to consider though. Even if you don't like our forums don't let that stop you from using Mint. You can always visit the Ubuntu forums for the social aspect, and technical help, even if your OS is Mint. If you truly prefer Mint then use it. Whether or not I like people on a message board does not determine what OS I use. Either way good luck to you. I'm sorry to see you go.
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