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Partitioning A HD?

Postby Kentanner11 on Mon Nov 26, 2007 6:14 pm

I Have a laptop I want to try to install 4.o on but want to keep my windows operating system. How do I partition my Hard Drive? Thanks for your help!
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Re: Partitioning A HD?

Postby newW2 on Tue Nov 27, 2007 8:22 am

There are articles in the Linux Mint Wiki. The one I used when starting out and direct people to (because it is written very well) is this one:
http://drsjlazar.blogspot.com/2007/02/b ... linux.html

Good luck and ask questions if you have them. :)
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Re: Partitioning A HD?

Postby Husse on Tue Nov 27, 2007 8:52 am

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Re: Partitioning A HD?

Postby Kentanner11 on Tue Nov 27, 2007 10:48 pm

ok now I feel really really dumb, I still dont how to do it. Is there like a step by step article out there? I ran Mint off of the CD and it is pretty nice (from the 15min I was exploring) cant wait to fun this full/part time.
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Re: Partitioning A HD?

Postby newW2 on Wed Nov 28, 2007 12:06 am

There is a tool called Parted Magic that you can get from Distrowatch. It's easy to use and this link
http://partedmagic.com/docs/gparted.html
to their documentation page, is a step by step guide on how to use Parted Magic to resize your existing MS partition, and add new partitions for your new Linux installation. Take a look and reply back if you still have questions. :)
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Re: Partitioning A HD?

Postby Kentanner11 on Wed Nov 28, 2007 9:51 am

does mint already have that installed?
Yesterday when I was exploring I went to what would be like the "control panel" and saw a partition setting program and it looked really really similar to the link above. I tried to partition my HD but it had a little lock logo next to it so I couldnt. Then I unmounted it (no clue what that is, or does) and the lock logo was gone but I still couldnt part the drive. I dont know if it was something to do with me running mint from the CD, or what?
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Re: Partitioning A HD?

Postby Husse on Wed Nov 28, 2007 3:02 pm

Mount a partition is to "hook it up" so Linux can use it unmount (note that the command in a terminal is umount) is of course the opposite.
Gparted should work ok from the live CD, or else you can't install
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Re: Partitioning A HD?

Postby bobpur on Thu Nov 29, 2007 6:20 am

Earlier advice to go to http://www.distrowatch.com is the best advice. I've never had much luck with distro supplied versions of gparted. I prefer getting Gparted, pmagic, or system rescue cd from distrowatch. This way has been less problematic for me
Also, if you're running Vista, Some extra care should be taken as Vista has a couple of partitions. I've never fooled with Vista so I don't know what precautions to take. I come across posts about this while trying to fix problems I was working on at the time. Just putting the bug in your ear so you won't mess up. :)
I dualboot Windows and Linux on a couple of my machines and it's easier than it sounds.

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