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Win XP NTFS partition not detected during install of Mint 8

Postby evansj on Tue Feb 02, 2010 10:29 am

I am a newbie to Linux and to Mint. I am having installation problems with Mint 8 main edition and I can't find the solution on the boards.

I am trying to install Mint 8 on a Dell GX280 desktop which is running Win XP. The computer has 2 SATA HDDs and the OS is installed on drive 0. Drive 1 has 2 partitions holding data.

When the 'prepare disk space' window appears, it says: 'This computer has no operating systems on it.'

And it only shows sdb as an option to install Mint 8

If I select manual set up of partitioning, I get the following (my comments in brackets):

/dev/sda
/dev/sda1 type fat16 size 57Mb 33Mb used (Dell Utility partition)
/dev/sda2 type ntfs size 80Gb used 'unknown' (Windows XP OS)

/dev/sdb
/dev/sda1 type ntfs 918Gb 245Gb used (data)
/dev/sda2 type ntfs 93Gb 9Gb used (data)

So sda2 is detected as an ntfs partition but there are problems reading the partition.

However, I don't have a problem accessing sda2 from the Mint Live CD.

Can I install on /sda without disrupting the Win XP installation?

Are there any issues if I go ahead and install on /sbd? Can I manually set up dual booting afterwards?
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Re: Win XP NTFS partition not detected during install of Mint 8

Postby StanTheMan on Tue Feb 02, 2010 7:02 pm

The detection line below /dev/sdb
should show
/dev/sdb1
/dev/sdb2

I presume your second drive has Windows data , which you could retain as is .

It is possible to use Win XP 's own Disk Management menu to reduce the size of its C; drive which is likely your ' sda2 ' , in order to create empty space on /dev/sda .
The Disk Management process will allow you a certain maximum amount of size reduction .
After you have run the Windows reduction process , re-boot Windows and let it file check the reduced C: drive.This will still allow Windows to access the second drive. Windows data.

Then , using the Mint Live CD and loading GPartEd , you could create three Logical partitions in the empty space using ext3 or ext4 .
sda5 about 6 GB for Mint / ,
sda6 for swap 1 GB ,
and the rest sda7 for Linux data to mount on /home during installation.
Then re-boot the Mint installer and use manual partition as above.
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Re: Win XP NTFS partition not detected during install of Mint 8

Postby evansj on Wed Feb 03, 2010 2:11 pm

Good idea but I think I need a third party partition manager to do this in for Win XP (I think Vista and Windows 7 can do this using disk management)
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Re: Win XP NTFS partition not detected during install of Mint 8

Postby jungletek on Thu Feb 04, 2010 9:03 am

evansj wrote:Good idea but I think I need a third party partition manager to do this in for Win XP (I think Vista and Windows 7 can do this using disk management)


Not true.

Control Panel>Administrative(?) Tools>Computer Management>Disk Management(?)

Not %100 on the names, but that's how you manage your disks in XP. Just shrink an existing partition, and make a new partition. Doesn't matter what kind or what you call it, you'll nuke it in gparted anyway. Or I suppose you could shrink the partition in XP and make the new one in gparted.

Whatever. :D
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