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Full Hard Drive Install?

Postby bolle on Mon Aug 03, 2009 11:53 am

I dont know what to do.. I dont have windows on my laptop, and want to put Mint on it..
I have the Live CD going..

But i dont know what to do.. The install that takes up my whole hard drive, or should i make different partitions and stuff?

I tried the whole hard drive, and it took forever to get to 5%..
I think it was 10 hours in totall...

What should i do?
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Re: Full Hard Drive Install?

Postby Aging Technogeek on Mon Aug 03, 2009 12:43 pm

For the best information on partitioning and installation read this thread:

viewtopic.php?f=90&t=11872&start=0&st=0&sk=t&sd=a

It's long, but it's also packed with useful information. Read the entire thread and if you have questions, post them here or in "Newbie Questions" and someone will help.
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Re: Full Hard Drive Install?

Postby bolle on Mon Aug 03, 2009 3:53 pm

It said error, and wouldnt let me do it..
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Re: Full Hard Drive Install?

Postby altair4 on Mon Aug 03, 2009 4:14 pm

This happened to me once - it stalled at around 15%. The way around it for me was to partition the disk first and then do a manual install. You only need 3 partitions: "/", swap, and /home or /data. Tells us the size of your hard disk and you will get a dozen people to tell you how how they would partition it. :wink:
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Re: Full Hard Drive Install?

Postby DrHu on Mon Aug 03, 2009 4:19 pm

bolle wrote:I tried the whole hard drive, and it took forever to get to 5%.. I think it was 10 hours in totall.

Never wait more than 5mins for something to happen for any OS installation

Even windows which seems to take about 45-60mins or so to install (winXP) gives you an install screen dialog within a minute or so, it slows/stalls or seems not to be doing anything while it operates in RAM as part of the installation
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Re: Full Hard Drive Install?

Postby altair4 on Mon Aug 03, 2009 4:20 pm

I just saw your other post: viewtopic.php?f=90&t=30552

bolle wrote:I accidentaly deleted Windows when i was in the Linux Mint Live CD..
And now Linux takes FOREVER to install.. Atleast 10 hours for 5%....
What should i do?
I have a Windows XP disc, and its formatting a partition now...
But its taking forever.... :(
Should i just try and close the Windows setup and boot the Live CD and try and install again?


Is this the same machine?
Do you want to dual boot with WinXP?
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Re: Full Hard Drive Install?

Postby DrHu on Mon Aug 03, 2009 4:29 pm

bolle wrote:It said error, and wouldnt let me do it..
If you read the forum posts, you will find out, that with an error, and you have not said what the error was..

You need to check the partitions of your hard drive, then decide what you want to do do
  • Fix window's installation errors
  • Replace windows with Linux
    --Linux is the only OS on the hard drive. There are sometimes difficulties with vendor supplied hidden windows restore partitions or utilities
  • Multiboot, sometimes called dual-boot with Windows + Linux
    --the Mint side by side install into a partition or free space removed from the windows OS; since windows as supplied by the OEM takes up the whole of the available hard drive space, which makes perfect sense, since they are supplying a single OS
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