New MS transplant, trying out Linux

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New MS transplant, trying out Linux

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Hi, Not a lady but I have seen other men post here so here I am. I'm an MS transplant and very new to Linux and am trying out several different flavors to see which I like the best. So far I've tried Zorin, Mint, Peppermint, Kubuntu, and Q4os. So far I'm liking Mint and Kubuntu the best. My problem is finding the disk format utility to format a small external disk (100 gb). So far all of my installations have been on used disks that were formatted by the operating system right before installing the operating system.
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Number of utilities, disks is installed by default, gparted can be installed from software manager (the standard linux partition editor) and if talking about a usb stick there is the usb stick formatter.

If you only want to use the drive for linux, then an ext4 partition is best, if you want to share with win, then ntfs.
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Welcome Guy78!
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Thanks for the information, I'll give that a try.
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Thanks for the info, I tried gparted and it did what I wanted to do. I removed a partition to make the full 100 gb's available as a single unit and formatted it. That old IDE drive is now usable as a single drive. Now all I need is information about where I can learn the syntax of the command line. I started in computers with MS dos and could do things faster with the command line then I could do with Windows (the first early version). Where can I learn to use the command line?

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linux commands are documented by man pages. you can look up commands and syntax for any terminal program using the command man searchtermgoeshere

or on another window/screen/device:

https://linux.die.net/man/

the syntax is not too dissimilar to DOS, so you will adapt fairly quickly
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Go for it, I'm game for any joke, but be advised, I'm old and it could take a while for it to sink in. :wink: :wink:
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To extend your Linux experience don't forget 2 steps:

#1 Backup your user data, at best daily.

#2 Use Timeshift to save the current state of your system.
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Guy78 wrote:
Sun Oct 02, 2022 8:01 pm
Thanks for the info, I tried gparted and it did what I wanted to do.
For future reference, mint will automount partitions on external drives when you plug them in. They mount in /media/you and will show up under devices in your file manager. If you add a label to a partition when you create it (can be done retrospectively), it will use the label, e.g. mounting at /media/you/mylabel, and use the label when displaying in your file manager. Without a label it will mount using the UUID (a long number, not user friendly) and only show in your file manager as xxGB volume.

ext4 partitions created in gparted are owned by root (read-only, easy to fix), you don't have this issue creating ext4 partitions with disks.
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Welcome to the forums.
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Man pages are okay, but tend to be written for 'experts', people who already know what a command does, but have forgotten the syntax or can't remember the options. Not very beginner friendly. For any specific command you are better googling for examples, there are lots, then using the man page for reference.
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Hello Guy78,
Welcome to Linux Mint Forums, enjoy the Journey! :)

You'll find help here in formatting that disc. I usually use gparted it works well.
Easy tips : https://easylinuxtipsproject.blogspot.com/ Pjotr's Great Linux projects page.
Linux Mint Installation Guide: http://linuxmint-installation-guide.rea ... en/latest/
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