HOW TO : Remove Mint :(

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HOW TO : Remove Mint :(

Post by Pierre » Sat Jun 20, 2009 5:00 am

So, in a moment of boredom, last year, the Lad asked me to install Mint6 onto his PC.

Now, he has a new game & not enough HDD space to install it :)

So, to remove the Lnx & get the HDD space back.

1./ Boot up the WinXPpro disk ( since thats what's on this PC ).
when it gets past the driver stage & to the install bit.
press R for repair & get a dos box. & select the drive to repair
Drive 1 in this case.
Type " FIXMBR " it says something about a non-standard MBR
( thats because the GRUB O/S is installed there & win doesn't know it)
Press Y for Yes & wait for M$ to overwrite the MBR with its own.
Exit the dos box & reboot the PC -> check that there is now no GRUB boot loader.

2./ Boot up a Lnx distro & run Gparted
there was a problem at this point, as the Lnx had mounted the swap partition & the linux partition.
So, I booted up another Lnx disk, this time SysRecCD - a utils distro.
This time, Gparted was ok, & both the swap & ext3 partitions were unmounted.
Go for the Big Delete of both partitions & hit apply.

3./ Resize the existing M$ partition back to the end of the HDD & hit apply again.

Finally, reboot the PC without any cd's in the drive & check that Windows boots ok & with no errors.
You could now run a Scandisk & Defrag to complete the process.
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Re: HOW TO : Remove Mint :(

Post by AdamFirst » Sun Jun 21, 2009 5:07 pm

Thank you very much for your post. I've copied it and filed it away for the day I need it.

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Re: HOW TO : Remove Mint :(

Post by proxima_centauri » Sun Jun 21, 2009 8:45 pm

Pierre wrote: 2./ Boot up a Lnx distro & run Gparted
there was a problem at this point, as the Lnx had mounted the swap partition & the linux partition.
So, I booted up another Lnx disk, this time SysRecCD - a utils distro.
This time, Gparted was ok, & both the swap & ext3 partitions were unmounted.
Go for the Big Delete of both partitions & hit apply.
If the partitions were auto-mounted, you can unmount them from either gparted (right-click and Unmount) or the command line (sudo umount /dev/sda*).

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Re: HOW TO : Remove Mint :(

Post by Pierre » Mon Jun 22, 2009 7:16 am

you can unmount them from either gparted (right-click and Unmount)
I think that the swap file, was in fact being used by the 1st O/S.
it was no effort to boot the other O/S ( SysRecCd ), in any case.
:)

Edit : the 1st O/S was Puppy V4.00
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Re: HOW TO : Remove Mint :(

Post by proxima_centauri » Mon Jun 22, 2009 12:45 pm

You got it working thats the main thing - but just for anyone else who didn't know, you can unmount SWAP partitions in a live session as well. You can use gparted, or manually in terminal: sudo swapoff /dev/sda* or sudo swapoff -a (unmounts all SWAP partitions)

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