Mint-19.2 with dual boot multipul partitions

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Mint-19.2 with dual boot multipul partitions

Post by rpmckinley » Wed Oct 09, 2019 1:06 pm

Under Mint-17 I had a dual boot system with MS Windows-7. I had several partitions with one of them accessible from either Windows or Linux.
Now I have installed L. Mint-19.2. I still have several partitions, (6). Two of them appear to be swap drive partitions and one of those is designated as a Windows reserved. I would like to re-install the Windows-7 (for my accounting), but naturally MS-Windows wants to take the whole computer.
The partition I want to use is one that is designated as MS-Windows reserved, (a swap drive partition)
Can I format that partition for Windows application without damaging my L-Mint-19.2 installation?
I have two (2) swap partitions, #1 = 105MB, #2 = 134MB. #2 is the one I want to use for Windows-7.
What happens if I format that?????

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Re: Mint-19.2 with dual boot multipul partitions

Post by pbear » Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:44 pm

How does any of this solve the problem of Win7 wanting to format the whole device?

Anyhoo, fstab is what designates which swap partition Mint is using. Easiest way to share that here is to open Terminal, click to expand to full screen, run cat /etc/fstab, copy the output, and post here using code tags (the </> button above the text entry window). Then run, copy and post sudo blkid, using a separate code box (easier to read that way). Comparing the two will tell us which swap partition Mint is using.

By the way, if you end up reinstalling Mint (because of the Win7 problem), be aware 19.x no longer requires a swap partition. Will use one if present, but doesn't need one. Simplifies the partition table, which often is helpful with a MBR/DOS table, for which you're only allowed four primary partitions.
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Re: Mint-19.2 with dual boot multipul partitions

Post by carum carvi » Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:50 pm

Those who posses a Windows 7 installation disk can still do a FREE upgrade to Windows10. Since Windows7 is not supported any more soon, why not erase everything and do a new install of Windows10. When that is done, create 1 new partition for LinuxMint 19.2. That's the easy way of installing. I have read about many difficulties when one tries to install Windows on a computer which has Linux installed already...

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Re: Mint-19.2 with dual boot multipul partitions

Post by rpmckinley » Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:54 am

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rpm@rpm-System-Product-Name:~$ cat/etc/fstab
bash: cat/etc/fstab: No such file or directory
rpm@rpm-System-Product-Name:~$ cat /etc/fstab
# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
#
# Use 'blkid' to print the universally unique identifier for a
# device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name devices
# that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).
#
# <file system> <mount point>   <type>  <options>       <dump>  <pass>
# / was on /dev/sda6 during installation
UUID=1c25d39e-9c9a-429a-9e8c-49ec9cb9d12a /               ext4    errors=remount-ro 0       1
/swapfile                                 none            swap    sw              0       0
rpm@rpm-System-Product-Name:~$ sudo blkid
[sudo] password for rpm:           
/dev/sda1: UUID="11da2385-be6b-4635-8725-4f4f0606a473" TYPE="swap" PARTLABEL="EFI system partition" PARTUUID="b28944d0-218c-4826-b0c3-6f9630fa7fc0"
/dev/sda2: UUID="4e5d5376-fa7b-4216-a70f-a08d4d018fb5" TYPE="swap" PARTLABEL="Microsoft reserved partition" PARTUUID="7851ac28-f8e3-40a0-9379-9634f9fac208"
/dev/sda3: UUID="B4F2E826F2E7EB16" TYPE="ntfs" PARTLABEL="Basic data partition" PARTUUID="20451490-f364-472c-8cf2-d2c635c3662b"
/dev/sda4: LABEL="Files Volume" UUID="CA52C3AB52C39B19" TYPE="ntfs" PARTLABEL="Basic data partition" PARTUUID="acf3d7fe-0ac8-44d8-82c0-d0cf175cfa1a"
/dev/sda6: UUID="1c25d39e-9c9a-429a-9e8c-49ec9cb9d12a" TYPE="ext4" PARTUUID="076cfb37-77df-440a-8f1e-8724669ca121"
/dev/sdb1: UUID="2AC861FBC861C623" TYPE="ntfs" PARTUUID="b46cb46c-01"
/dev/sda5: PARTUUID="d4110086-5b13-4e8a-bd35-ff82c305332a"
Here you go pbear, Thanks for that one, I have no idea on this stuff.

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Re: Mint-19.2 with dual boot multipul partitions

Post by rpmckinley » Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:09 am

Here's another idea I have; I could install Win-7 on that sda2 & sda3 and then use the Windows partition manager to shrink that installation partition down to just what Win-7 needs and just a little more for other junk.
That sda3 is 514GB and there's no way Win-7 needs that much room, I can use that for other things. Maybe I can give that back to my Files volume for data use.
BTW: Having the system set up like this I had a Windows-7 partition, A Linux-Mint partition, and a Files volume partition. Files and data stored in that Files Volume gave me access to those files from either side, Win-7 OR L-Mint 17,19.
It works out well because that way I can work in those other data files from either OS I'm currently working in.

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Re: Mint-19.2 with dual boot multipul partitions

Post by pbear » Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:21 pm

Frankly, I don't have the time right now to parse through the rest of what you're planning to do, although I do think installing Win10 makes more sense if your hardware supports it. Following up on the swap issue, though, you don't have a problem. Mint is using a swapfile, so it won't make any difference to Mint what you do with those two partitions, one of which I notice is the EFI partition. That you don't want to mess with regardless.
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Re: Mint-19.2 with dual boot multipul partitions

Post by athi » Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:35 pm

Something is not normal on the cat/etc/fstab output, that looks is a Win7 installation with GPT partition table. Please run below command in Terminal to output system and partitions information and post results.

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inxi -Fxz

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sudo parted -l
Is this an OEM Win7 installation?
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