Installation with DELL partitions on harddrive

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Installation with DELL partitions on harddrive

Postby leechy9 on Mon Dec 31, 2007 6:07 am

ya, i have a dell with the partitions for drivers and backup. is there any way to install mint 4.0 on the drive without wiping all the partitions? cause every time i try to partition it, it says that it will have to redo all of the partitions that previously exist. if you could reply back with a list of what im supposed to do to partition the drive correctly, i would really appreciate it. i just dont wanna take the chance of partitioning my drive and wiping windows and my dell reset drivers. =/ im new to linux too, so if u would be fairly specific on your instructions it would help. ive already tried "apt purge ubiguity; apt clean; apt install ubiquity;"
and it doesnt do anything to the installation.
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Re: Installation with DELL partitions on harddrive

Postby McLovin on Mon Dec 31, 2007 5:13 pm

you ALWAYS run a risk of loosing data when you partition your drives, though most of the time it is small, it can happen. think of partitioning your drive like getting surgery, when you get surgery, there is alway a risk of complications, and in extreme cases death, well this is like surgery for you HDD. you are opening it up and changing around the partition table, so there is a risk of data loss, but as long as you are careful, that risk is very very small. if you do not know much about partitioning, i recomend you do some research on the subject, and not try partitioning your drive. i think the best thing for you to do is install another HDD, and use THAT one for linux, then you just have to select it as the target drive for linux to install to, and the installer will do the rest. i hope this helps out some, and doesn't deture you from Mint, or any other Linux distro, it really is great.
good luck and if you have any other questions, just post up and someone will do their best to answer them.
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Re: Installation with DELL partitions on harddrive

Postby Zwopper on Mon Dec 31, 2007 5:21 pm

My tip is to use a live-cd with GParted - and do the partitioning before You install anything.

http://gparted.sourceforge.net/download.php
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Re: Installation with DELL partitions on harddrive

Postby leechy9 on Wed Jan 02, 2008 12:55 am

well thx for ur help, i already loaded it onto a different drive so i can swap between the two.
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Re: Installation with DELL partitions on harddrive

Postby Guest on Fri Jan 04, 2008 11:29 am

There are several solutions to your problem depending on the sizes of your hard drives, how many hard drives your computer will hold and operate with together. Like another poster suggested, I very very strongly suggest that you read up on disk partitioning before you try what you are asking for. It can be done pretty reliably if you do the right things, with the right tools, in the right order. Mistakes are not allowed! Come back after you have researched and studied the subject and I will try to help you. Your question is too complicated to give you reliable help at this stage. Like asking for step by step directions on how to preform gale bladder surgery! I would feel bad if your computer died on the operating table.

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