How to get rid of my old Windows Partition

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How to get rid of my old Windows Partition

Postby TedTheRed on Sun Sep 07, 2008 2:44 pm

I just switched over to Linux Mint from Windows XP Media Center edition, and I was wondering how I could erase my Windows partition. I don't need anything backed up, because my personal files were corrupted by viruses. I just want to free up the rest of my hard drive space for Linux and not worry about Windows any more.
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Re: How to get rid of my old Windows Partition

Postby 67GTA on Sun Sep 07, 2008 4:05 pm

You can use the partitioner tool in Mint (gparted) to get rid of it. Expand the current Mint partition over Windows(this will erase it and give Mint use of the whole drive), or delete it and create another partition to test out other distros. Just go to Menu>Administration>Partition Editor. Just be careful.
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Re: How to get rid of my old Windows Partition

Postby TedTheRed on Sun Sep 07, 2008 5:28 pm

I tried that and got confused, but then I restarted and noticed that I couldn't boot XP in the first place, so at some point it must have been erased. Thanks for your help.
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Re: How to get rid of my old Windows Partition

Postby 67GTA on Sun Sep 07, 2008 5:45 pm

When you open gparted, it will show all of your partitions. Mint should be formatted to EXT3, and Windows will be NTFS. You should also have a linux swap partition.
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