tbrownarcher2 wrote:well, i did as told and it worked i got rid of my extra partitions. But I lost all my data. It was all backed up so i didn't lose it exactly but i have to put it back on here ..... so why is there no way to reinstall a system over the top of a system anymore and keep the data. I use to do that in windows but not in recent windows. What is the problem with doing that. Linux ought to come up with a way that would make things much easier it seems to me.
If you want to keep your files safe between installs you really need a separate partition for /home (I always do this)
So to give you an idea. Imagine you have a 300GB HD and only wanted Linux Mint.
This is how you would do a single install:
swap = 2 x RAM
ext4 for / (root) 20-30GB is plenty
ext4 for /home (all the remaining space)
Personally though, for my needs. I would imagine the HD in 2 Halves of 150GB amd 150GB. Install Mint to one Half and have the other as backup/upgrade install
I'd create a swap
Then an extended to all the remaining space
Then 2 x ext4 @ 20GB for / (root)
2 x ext4 @ 130GB for /home
So basically you have 2 working installs
1 for using
1 for backup use and then for doing your next install when it comes around
You simply copy your data from your in use /home to your new installation