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uninstalling mint13 from within mint14

Postby Eelke on Sat Jan 05, 2013 3:45 pm

Hi,
I have a triple boot system (windows xp, mint13 and mint14) installed in this order. I'd like to remove mint13 but am unsure about how to proceed. I think that from within mint 14 I could use gparted to delete the partition where mint 13 is installed and then add the new hard disk space to the partition of mint14. Is this correct or could this cause problems with grub? Did I provide enough information?
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Re: uninstalling mint13 from within mint14

Postby caf4926 on Sat Jan 05, 2013 3:50 pm

Eelke wrote:Hi,
I have a triple boot system (windows xp, mint13 and mint14) installed in this order. I'd like to remove mint13 but am unsure about how to proceed. I think that from within mint 14 I could use gparted to delete the partition where mint 13 is installed and then add the new hard disk space to the partition of mint14. Is this correct or could this cause problems with grub? Did I provide enough information?
Thanks,
Eelke

You'll mess things up if you delete the partitions
If you really need the space, you may be able to do something. But we'd need to see a screen of your partitions in Gparted and also thei
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Re: uninstalling mint13 from within mint14

Postby Eelke on Sat Jan 05, 2013 6:26 pm

Thanks,
sda5 holds mint13 and is the space that I'd like to merge with sda6 (which holds mint14):

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Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders, total 976773168 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00092949

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1   *   408068096   561041407    76486656    7  HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda2       561041408   976773119   207865856    7  HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda3            2046   391622655   195810305    5  Extended
/dev/sda4       391622656   408068095     8222720   82  Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda5            2048   301588581   150793267   83  Linux
/dev/sda6       301590528   391622655    45016064   83  Linux

Partition table entries are not in disk order

Disk /dev/sdf: 32.1 GB, 32128368640 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 3906 cylinders, total 62750720 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x0057f74a

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdf1   *         128    62750719    31375296    c  W95 FAT32 (LBA)


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Re: uninstalling mint13 from within mint14

Postby caf4926 on Sun Jan 06, 2013 12:12 am

I see 2 options

1. From Mint 14: format sda5 and use it as is as a kind of store or

2. Use the Mint dvd not your installed system to: format sda5 in Gparted, then shrink sda5 to as small as it will allow, Apply this, then resize sda6 to take up the unallocated space made free by shrinking sda5 and Apply.
You are left with a small defunct sda5, but it keeps the partition table in order.

Not that pretty and not my choice, but it will get you what you want.
In future, plan ahead better....
Backup important files before you do the above
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Re: uninstalling mint13 from within mint14

Postby Eelke on Sun Jan 06, 2013 4:06 am

I will try option2.
Thanks for your help.
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