I have a few questions about HD's and partitions. If they don't belong here, let me know and I'll bring them to the appropriate forum.
1. My HD's are listed as sda, sdb and sdc. Since they are IDE drives, I thought they would be hda, hdb and hdc. I thought SCSI drives were listed as sda etc. If so, does it hurt the drives performance if they are listed wrong?
2. Before installing Mint on sdb, (sda has windows on it) I had a version of mandrake on the drive that would not boot any more, so I ran gparted prior to installing and created what I thought were the following partitions:
/dev/hdb1 fat32 (for additional windows files and pupsave files)
/dev/hdb5 ext3 for mint
/dev/hdb6 ext3 for Home
I ended up with this, after installing:
/dev/sdb1 fat32 mounted at /media/sdb1
/dev/sdb5 ext3 mounted at /, /dev/.static/dev
/dev/sdb6 ext3 mounted at /home
/dev/sdb7 ext3 mounted at /media/sdb7
Since I come from a windows background, I thought all this partitioning stuff would have removed the mandrake OS. Now I realize that I just resized some partions and maybe created a few new ones. Mint installed and ran fine. (Very happy with it) But as you might guess, my disk has more data on it than it should. I now have several Home directories, share directories and usr directories. Also the mount point /media confuses me a little and the mount point /, /dev/.static/dev confuses me a lot. I'm not sure why this partition would mount here. I would like to reclaim this disk space and remove the files associated with the mandrake OS. I have for example, in my Home folder, another home folder as follows /home/home/guest containing lots of files and folders, many of which appear to be associated with mandrake, given the names of some of the folders, .MdkOnline and .fvwm-metisse. So the question is, did Mint migrate these files during install, and will it disable Mint if I delete them.
3. Last question. I have several Lost+Found folders in some of these partitions. They are locked and I tried accessing from a terminal as root. These folders are a few Megs in size, but show no files. I would guess that these are FUBAR'ed files from the mandrake OS. Can they be cleared, emptied, deleted or something, so I can get the disk space back? A quick explanation of the folder would be appreciated, but not necessary. I can look that up.
I know that the easy answer is, "Hey noob, you screwed up! Reformat and do it right!". But that defeats the purpose of me posting this. The desire to learn. What went wrong? How can I fix it? If it can't be fixed, how do I do it right the next time.
I've spent a lot of time searching these forums about HDs and partitions. There are way too many opinions about the subject to get a clear understanding of what is the proper way to partition a drive. Suffice it to say, I am a home user with several computers networked through the house using both windows and various linux distros. So I don't want to start a debate on the subject. Simple and safe configuration is what I'm after. There is nothing on these computers that would destroy my life if I lost them. (Except, maybe, my Louis Armstrong recordings)
Thank you for your time