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Help! File system/partitions

Postby D35TR0Y3R on Wed Mar 13, 2013 9:11 pm

I've been interested in getting a distro of linux for a while, and am just now getting around to it. I downloaded the disc image and put it on a dvd, and am running off the dvd right now. I don't have a single drive that I could format and make just Mint, and Im having trouble with the partition stuff. From my past experiences, deleting a partition deletes everything inside the partition. My installer wont let me make a new partition inside the current partition table on any of my drives. I cant afford to lose what's on my drives, and cant back it up easily. Can someone guide me through a solution to this please? Also, what file system do I choose?

Thanks a lot guys,
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Re: Help! File system/partitions

Postby bigj231 on Wed Mar 13, 2013 10:47 pm

Download virtualbox if you aren't sure you want to stick with Mint. It eliminates the hassles of resizing partitions, and gives you some neat features too (like save states). Also, use Windows' built-in utility to shrink your partitions when you do want to install. I haven't had issues with it in the past.
Lastly, if you don't have backups of at least your data now, you need to make them. DVDs are cheap.

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Re: Help! File system/partitions

Postby D35TR0Y3R on Thu Mar 14, 2013 7:04 am

bigj231 wrote:Download virtualbox if you aren't sure you want to stick with Mint. It eliminates the hassles of resizing partitions, and gives you some neat features too (like save states). Also, use Windows' built-in utility to shrink your partitions when you do want to install. I haven't had issues with it in the past.
Lastly, if you don't have backups of at least your data now, you need to make them. DVDs are cheap.

I like EXT4. Most people here will agree.


Alright, thanks. Some people on irc explained most of my questions. I have an external hard drive that I'm planning on making backups to.
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Re: Help! File system/partitions

Postby usbtux on Thu Mar 14, 2013 7:42 am

http://youtu.be/gVCfeFOxGLQ External install - something to entertain. How to install mint to an external drive [:)]
http://goo.gl/DXKgM useful tutorials for installing mint on USB drives.
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http://goo.gl/WFu0u Installing Mint - the screen cast videos.
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Re: Help! File system/partitions

Postby bigj231 on Thu Mar 14, 2013 10:47 am

D35TR0Y3R wrote:Alright, thanks. Some people on irc explained most of my questions. I have an external hard drive that I'm planning on making backups to.

Good. Make sure to make a system image instead of just backups. that way you can skip the whole reinstalling step if something goes wrong. Look up Acronis True Image WD edition for windows. I've used it with success and its free too.
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