Hey everyone, sorry, I've been gone a long time from mint, but felt a need to come back, was previously working with a Ubuntu / XP dual boot grub setup, worked fine etc, had little to no problems with it, but decided that I strongly prefered mint to ubuntu and that I ought to return to it
. So, redownloading and burning the ISO etc, I had a live bootable CD of mint, then attempted to install.
- To me, the first reasonable step would be to try installing mint over ubuntu, but found that the installers in built partitioner was only capable of resizing the ntfs windows partition
- I assumed mint would be able to install over a blank partition instead, so loaded up GParted, and promptly deleted the ubuntu partition, giving me a load of unused space
- This is where problems seem to set in with the Installer only prepared to install over the existing ntfs (windows) partition, even set to using the largest continuous free space
- Attempting to do it manually gave me an interesting and hopefully interpretable error of "No root file system is defined. Please correct this from the partitioning menu"
- Now, I have a lot of data and things I need on my XP partition, which I'd rather not have to suddenly lose, so I tried booting back into XP, and received a warm welcome of GRUB error 15, meaning something to someone, but not to me
- So at the crux of it, if I can't fix this I'll lose everything on my XP partition, including some coding and DB projects I've been working on for some months now, and would be loath to start again
So, a massive pre-emptive and hopeful thanks to everyone, and anyone who can help solve this depressing and confusing dillema