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Hard Drive - Do I Have Enough Space?

Postby antonio44 on Sat Jun 09, 2007 1:42 pm

Ok my computer is kind of old. I have three drives each is about 1.99 GB. Now I am not asking for much but can I even use mint without a 5GB hard drive? I hope this is not the case I am really looking forward to this, it is my first time even looking this all up and I am sure I will have many questions to come. Thanks.



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Postby Husse on Sat Jun 09, 2007 2:25 pm

Welcome to Mint antonio44
Sorry, but 1.99 GB is not enough - a complete install is at least 2.04 GB.
You could put /home, /boot, /usr on separate partitions, /usr is around 500 MB, but it would still be rather cramped
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Postby antonio44 on Sat Jun 09, 2007 2:28 pm

How do I do what you recommended, and cramped is ok just as long as it is usable, I just want to try this and see if I like it. Also What is a Live CD?
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Postby Husse on Sat Jun 09, 2007 3:55 pm

Four months ago I was staring at Linux and Mint with open eyes and thought what the...
But Mint turned out to be really easy to handle, as was using a terminal. But there is a step to get over - yes...
Look around a bit and learn about Linux while you are sorting this out
This one is not to hard on you (but a little bit outdated - but it does not matter much)
http://www.linux.org/lessons/beginner/toc.html
You have to relearn a few things, among them what a harddisk, or a partition is in Linux. It's just another folder. On my main computer /Home is on a separate partition - but you don't see that - when you open /Home it's just like opening any other folder. (Home is where you have your stuff - unlike Windows you only have your stuff in Home - period)
So what I suggested was that you installed with one of the disks as /root - the main disk and that you put /home, and /usr on some partition on another disk
(Don't despair, when you move through the steps of your installation you choose to make partitioning yourself and hopefully what follows is clear enough for you to understand)
A live CD is a bootable CD that presents you with "a glimpse" of what you will get. Most live CDs have an option to install (ours has)
Finally a computer with so small disks most likely has very little memory - you should have at least around 300 MB RAM. It is possible with less, but with 256 MB you may have to do some tricks to bypass that. You can run an installed Mint on 256 MB, but the live CD needs more memory
I know this is a bit much but the restrains your hardware gives....
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Postby nick on Sat Jun 09, 2007 4:51 pm

Hi
I know you would like to install Mint but if you do not have much memory and disc space maybe Puppy Linux or Damn Small Linux might be worth a try.
See: http://distrowatch.com/

A live CD is a CD which gives you a complete operating sytem running from your CD without affecting your other operating system


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Postby Husse on Sat Jun 09, 2007 6:17 pm

I agree with Nick - I just get so focused on the problem that I forget that. I don't know much about Puppy but DSL is nice.
Possibly Knoppix would work too.
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Postby Boo on Sun Jun 10, 2007 5:56 am

Puppy is Australian so of course it is better than DSL.

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