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Lack of support for multiple hard drives during install

Postby Runaway1956 on Mon Nov 19, 2012 7:18 am

I have searched the forum, and it seems that other people have run into this.

During installation, the installer asks you to pick a hard drive for the system to be installed onto. You must pick one, or another hard drive, you cannot pick two or more drives.

Raw rookies aren't likely to want to use more than one drive - in fact, many of them want to keep a Windows installation, and dual boot to their new Linux installation.

Others of us, with a bit more experience, have various reasons for spreading an installation across several partitions, located on two or more hard drive. In my own case, I've got a brand new SSD hard drive that I want to use as my system drive, but I want the swap, tmp, and var files on an older hard disk with spinning platters.

Despite the fact that I had already partitioned the older hard drive, labeled and formatted the three partitions, the installer would only allow me to choose the platters, OR the SSD - not both. During installation, there is no option to relocate any of the folders, and no opportunity to tell the installer that I want any partitions mounted automagically for me.

I'm searching for methods to automount partitions from that second hard drive - but I really think the installer needs to be made more flexible, to better meet people's needs.

I gave a thought to using an LVM setup, but I'm unsure whether Mint will support it. More, I'm unsure how LVM will position those partitions on the drives. The goal here is, of course, to prevent often-changed data from being written to the SSD, thereby extending the life of the SSD.

Hope something can be done with the installer!!
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Re: Lack of support for multiple hard drives during install

Postby cwsnyder on Mon Nov 19, 2012 7:52 am

You are looking at a custom installation, which may probably require you to use symlinks and a revised /etc/fstab to make work. The guides which I found all are for a text mode installer, such as the old Ubuntu Alternate Installation disk or a Debian installation. You can try with gparted partitioning your disks before going into the installer and using the installer to select which partitions are used for the various folders, /, /home, /var, /boot, etc. The Gentoo wiki article http://en.gentoo-wiki.com/wiki/Solid_State_Disk is probably the most complete guide which I found in looking.
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Re: Lack of support for multiple hard drives during install

Postby remoulder on Mon Nov 19, 2012 12:55 pm

What version of mint?
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Re: Lack of support for multiple hard drives during install

Postby Runaway1956 on Mon Nov 19, 2012 1:21 pm

remoulder wrote:What version of mint?


LMDE 64 bit April 2012 DVD


It's the latest LMDE ISO in the repositories.
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Re: Lack of support for multiple hard drives during install

Postby Monsta on Wed Dec 12, 2012 11:53 am

This pull request has been merged into the installer's code today. Looks like it'll be possible to install to multiple drives after all.
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Re: Lack of support for multiple hard drives during install

Postby zerozero on Wed Dec 12, 2012 12:25 pm

Monsta wrote:This pull request has been merged into the installer's code today. Looks like it'll be possible to install to multiple drives after all.

cool :D this was the most desired feature in live-installer
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Re: Lack of support for multiple hard drives during install

Postby Monsta on Wed Dec 12, 2012 12:33 pm

zerozero wrote:cool :D this was the most desired feature in live-installer

Yeah, people were asking for it quite often :)
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