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Partition problem

Postby gibbs1984 on Wed Nov 19, 2008 1:55 pm

Hi,

I've booted from the Linux Mint 6 RC1 Live CD and was using it so decided to install it over my existing Linux Mint 5 install but I can't seem to select the Mint 5 partition, it just creates a new partition meaning that my Vista partition will go down in size, the Mint 5 partition will still be there and it'll use more hard disk space which would be a waste because there would be no need to have the Mint 5 partition.

My partition layout would look like this if I installed it now:

Sda 1 = 0%
Sda 2 = 44% (Vista)
Mint 6 RC1 = 29%
Sda 6 = 23% (Linux Mint 5)
Sda 7 = 0%
Sda 5 = 1% (Not sure what's in this partition)

For some reason it doesn't say it gives the Mint 6 partition a Sda number (I'm assuming it's supposed to?), would this be the problem, that I haven't selected an Sda number for it to go against so it selects its own?

I can try and provide a screenshot if necessary but my Windows keyboard PrtScn/SysRq (print screen) button doesn't seem to work with Linux Mint so would have to find another way.

If you need any other information please let me know and I'll try my best to provide it.

Steve
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Re: Partition problem

Postby proxima_centauri on Wed Nov 19, 2008 4:37 pm

If you do a manual install you can choose the partition to install to.
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Re: Partition problem

Postby gibbs1984 on Wed Nov 19, 2008 7:19 pm

Hi,

I've looked at that but I get an error message that says:

"No root file system is defined.

Please correct this from the partitioning menu."

I'm sure not where to add the root file system though?

Sorry for sounding thick but I don't want to mess up my other partition because it's got all my data on it and want to get this right first time.

Here's a screenshot, well sort of, for some reason it cuts off half of it but you can still see what I mean, it's most probably really easy but I don't want to do the wrong thing.

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Re: Partition problem

Postby linuxviolin on Wed Nov 19, 2008 7:59 pm

After you choose the partition where you want to install Mint 6, you must mark this partition as root, ie /
If not you can not install...

But sometimes you can have to try several times before it works. One time I tried twice and as it did not recognize '/'
I had to reboot the PC and reload the LiveCD for the install works... :roll:

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Re: Partition problem

Postby proxima_centauri on Wed Nov 19, 2008 8:14 pm

You need to identify which partition you are installing Mint to. You are installing to the ext3 Partition. Right click on it and hit edit partition, then you need to use as ext3 format and mount it as "/"
Also, You have two SWAP partitions and two windows partitions, one in each accounts for no space.
Are these partitions being used?
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