setting up partitions on new SSD (solved)

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setting up partitions on new SSD (solved)

Post by benchrest » Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:00 pm

I've just built my wife a new PC. I have installed the existing SATA SSD with LM 18.3 and an HDD used for backups of Luckybackup and Timeshift. I also have a new NVMe SSD that I plan to install a new LM 19 with a separate Home partition. I plan to use Gparted to setup partitions and use GPT partition manager.
I want to be able to dual boot with the old 18.3 system.

a UEFI /EFI fat32 512 MB
b Boot /boot EXT4 1024 MB (no format)
c Swap /swap 8192 MB
d system / EXT4 30 GB system (format)
e Home /home EXT4 175 GB Home (never format)

I think with Gparted I can define the 5 partitions as EXT4 and then with the LM installer select something else and set them up as /EFI, /boot etc. Does this seem reasonable?
Last edited by benchrest on Sun Jul 21, 2019 10:16 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: setting up partitions on new SSD

Post by athi » Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:23 pm

a. need to change/set flag of efi partition to boot/esp
c. no file system required for swap

Otherwise good.
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Re: setting up partitions on new SSD (solved)

Post by benchrest » Sun Jul 21, 2019 10:16 pm

thanks for your reply. After some delay I got back to the upgrade. Your reply is accurate however it took a bit for me to understand. After building my new PC I attacked this problem again.
My new nvme ssd 500 GB is totally unallocated. I used gparted to create a partition table - format - gpt
then a created the efi boot partition
select partition/new
Size 512 mb (that is the size Linux mint installer would create
file system FAT32
then partition/manage flags and set boot flag (this causes esp flag to be turned on also.
Fdisk then shows the boot partition identical to my old system
sudo fdisk -l
Disk /dev/nvme0n1: 465.8 GiB, 500107862016 bytes, 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
Disklabel type: gpt
Disk identifier: 49EBD476-64D2-4BF0-B78E-AF9D2C33A284

Device Start End Sectors Size Type
/dev/nvme0n1p1 2048 411647 409600 512M EFI System

I then allocated with gparted 4 more partitions.
and 8 gb swap partition ( not used by LM 19 but maybe by future system)
two 50 GB system partitions ext4 ( one for my new install of LM 19 and the other for a future system.
300 GB ext4 for a home partition

When installing I selected something else.
Put a mount point of system / on one of the 50 GB partitions and mount point of /home on the 300 mb partition and formatted both.
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Re: setting up partitions on new SSD (solved)

Post by athi » Sun Jul 21, 2019 10:30 pm

Everything looks good, just need to verify that boot loader installation is pointing to the NVMe drive (should be already, if this is the only drive in the PC). That is at the lower half of the installation screen that shows the partitions.

If you are planning on installing multiple Linux distributions, you can save some space by sharing the SWAP partition. Then you will not need SWAP file for the Mint installation. https://askubuntu.com/questions/377516/ ... ux-systems
Mint Mate 19.1. Main rig is HP 800G2 I5 6500 16GB ram, 120GB boot drive, 2x3TB, 1x4TB data drives. Oldest rig is Mate 18.3 on Dell D620 with 32bits core duo.

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