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Partitioning for fresh install - SOLVED

Postby primavera on Sun Aug 16, 2009 11:41 am

Hi all! I've already installed Mint using the entire 149.1 gb that I have. But then I read Fred's thread: viewtopic.php?f=90&t=11872&st=0&sk=t&sd=a , and I decided I want to reinstall with partitions. But most of it is far above my understanding. I don't even know what swap means. I have gparted, which I used for wiping the hard drive clean for the first install. I have very basic needs, I'm not going to be saving large files or anything... this computer will mainly be used for surfing, typing documents, ipod, etc. Simple, simple stuff like that. I need step-by-step instructions on how to most efficiently partition pleeaase! I just want it the computer to be as fast as possible. Thank you!
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Re: Partitioning for fresh install

Postby richyrich on Sun Aug 16, 2009 11:46 am

Hi,
Question first, how much RAM do you have ? Is this a desktop or laptop ?
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Re: Partitioning for fresh install

Postby primavera on Sun Aug 16, 2009 12:06 pm

Hi richyrich,
Desktop. How do I find how much RAM I have?
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Re: Partitioning for fresh install

Postby richyrich on Sun Aug 16, 2009 12:08 pm

Open a terminal, and type free :)

EDIT : You can copy/paste the output back here.
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Re: Partitioning for fresh install

Postby primavera on Sun Aug 16, 2009 12:19 pm

I had already erased the hard drive before realizing that it wasn't as easy as it looked. So using the live cd, this is what I get:

mint@mint ~ $ free
total used free shared buffers cached
Mem: 443712 437736 5976 0 38540 161456
-/+ buffers/cache: 237740 205972
Swap: 110924 84 110840
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Re: Partitioning for fresh install

Postby primavera on Sun Aug 16, 2009 12:21 pm

I forgot to add in my op, I'm trying to install Linux Mint 7.
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Re: Partitioning for fresh install

Postby richyrich on Sun Aug 16, 2009 12:49 pm

Okay . . a little low on RAM for Gloria Main or KDE, so I would suggest you try the Xfce Edition, it'll be much faster. I have it on my laptop :D , and just love it !

Primary - swap partition - 1024 Mb.
Primary - / partition - 12000 Mb.
Extended - /home partition - 10000 Mb. (lotsa room for apps & games)
Extended - /data partition - as much as you want up to the rest of the disk. (downloads, backups, etc.)

You have enough room that you could even leave 40 Gb. unused / free , room to try another OS/Distro for dual-boot in the future ?

Please note that this is just my opinion . . It's really up to you !
One of the joys of Linux, if you find you don't like your setup, or you Image , you can always start over, and be back up and running in half an hour ! :D

good luck, Richy
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Re: Partitioning for fresh install

Postby primavera on Sun Aug 16, 2009 1:24 pm

Thanks Richy! I will try setting it up with those specs and I'll let you know how it goes.
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Re: Partitioning for fresh install

Postby primavera on Sun Aug 16, 2009 2:42 pm

richyrich wrote:Okay . . a little low on RAM for Gloria Main or KDE, so I would suggest you try the Xfce Edition, it'll be much faster. I have it on my laptop :D , and just love it !

Primary - swap partition - 1024 Mb.
Primary - / partition - 12000 Mb.
Extended - /home partition - 10000 Mb. (lotsa room for apps & games)
Extended - /data partition - as much as you want up to the rest of the disk. (downloads, backups, etc.)

You have enough room that you could even leave 40 Gb. unused / free , room to try another OS/Distro for dual-boot in the future ?

Please note that this is just my opinion . . It's really up to you !
One of the joys of Linux, if you find you don't like your setup, or you Image , you can always start over, and be back up and running in half an hour ! :D

good luck, Richy


I'm using GParted. For the first partition, under "File System" I select "linux-swap" right?
For the second partition, what do I select?
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Re: Partitioning for fresh install

Postby richyrich on Sun Aug 16, 2009 2:56 pm

" / " and ext3 or 4 for the file system, it should be in the drop down list, same as " /home " , you will have to type in " /data " , when you create that one.
Make sure the " Format " checkboxes are checked (except for swap of course).

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Re: Partitioning for fresh install

Postby primavera on Sun Aug 16, 2009 3:39 pm

Primary - swap partition - 1024 Mb.
Primary - / partition - 12000 Mb.
Extended - /home partition - 10000 Mb.
Extended - /data partition

Ok, I've got the first three done. But for some reason, for the /data partition it's not allowing me to select Extended, only Primary. Is it alright if I just leave it as unallocated? For now at least, because I do want try another os later on.
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Re: Partitioning for fresh install

Postby richyrich on Sun Aug 16, 2009 3:42 pm

Yup . . . no problem there . . you can always allocate it however you want after the install.

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Re: Partitioning for fresh install

Postby primavera on Sun Aug 16, 2009 4:07 pm

I'm about to install Mint 7 XFCE. Do I choose a partition?
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Re: Partitioning for fresh install

Postby richyrich on Sun Aug 16, 2009 4:12 pm

Yup, mount / as /
Mount /home as /home

EDIT: When you get to Part 4 of the install (Gparted), choose Manual, then you just have to click each partition you made one at a time, and change 'Do not use this partition' to the / and /home as described above.
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Re: Partitioning for fresh install

Postby primavera on Sun Aug 16, 2009 4:25 pm

Richy, I appreciate your help and patience. /home didn't show up, so I'm recreating it. I'm selecting logical instead of primary. Am I on the right track?
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Re: Partitioning for fresh install

Postby richyrich on Sun Aug 16, 2009 4:29 pm

That's perfect, once /home is made, just to be safe, click the little Format box for all of them. :)
Then you are ready to continue, it'll give you the normal warning, continue . . .
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Re: Partitioning for fresh install

Postby primavera on Sun Aug 16, 2009 4:30 pm

I just read your edit. Do I change "do not use.." on the swap, too?

EDIT: never mind it doesn't have that
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Re: Partitioning for fresh install

Postby richyrich on Sun Aug 16, 2009 4:34 pm

The swap as swap . . and remember to Format all three of them . . . just about there . . Image
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Re: Partitioning for fresh install

Postby primavera on Sun Aug 16, 2009 4:36 pm

Lol, thanks for your support! :D I cannot check Format on the swap. Is that alright?
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Re: Partitioning for fresh install

Postby richyrich on Sun Aug 16, 2009 4:40 pm

Yup . . swap IS swap . . . hmmm might be a song there somewhere . . Image

let us know how it turns out, Richy :D
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