Mint 18 reinstall

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Mint 18 reinstall

Postby shrinivk » Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:06 am

My earlier mint installation developed some boot issues so I thought of reinstalling the same version. During the installation, however, the partition option is showing a bewildering number of entries (as far as I remember, I had only created 60 gb home and 4 gb swap in the earlier installation).
I would really appreciate if you could let me know where do I install mint now and what other changes I need to do. It would be great if someone could tell me a way to simplify these partitions.
Attaching the consolidated screen shot of the mint install option screen.

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Re: Mint 18 reinstall

Postby Cosmo. » Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:34 am

The screenshot shows a surprisingly great number of ntfs partitions, partially with an even more astonishingly small size (12 MB, 400 MB). Most likely coming from a Windows installation.

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Re: Mint 18 reinstall

Postby JoeFootball » Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:38 am

shrinivk wrote:... as far as I remember, I had only created 60 gb home and 4 gb swap in the earlier installation ...

Indeed, as you can see as /dev/sda11 and /dev/sda12 respectively in your screenshot.

Most of your other partitions appear to be governed by Windows. See the Type column in your screenshot.


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Re: Mint 18 reinstall

Postby austin.texas » Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:46 am

Do you still use Windows? The whole drive could be cleaned up by backing up what you want to keep and giving the entire drive to Mint.
Other than that, you can use Windows to explore those small partitions to see if any can be eliminated.

/dev/sda11 is your Mint partition, and that is where you would install your new Mint (18.2 ?).
Make sure you have everything you want to keep backed up.
Install the bootloader (Grub) to /dev/sda1, when installing in UEFI mode.
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