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I have linux mint installed on ssd

Posted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 4:37 pm
by grobbyjibbers
I have a 4 TB internal hard drive as well, how can I set the 4 TB drive as default for files and everything except the programs themselves? sorry if this has been asked before l, I searched and came up with nothing.

Re: I have linux mint installed on ssd

Posted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 4:48 pm
by Neil Edmond
Congrats on your new installation of Mint on SSD!
One way to set up your data partition on the 4TB hard drive is to create symlinks.

Re: I have linux mint installed on ssd

Posted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 4:51 pm
by WharfRat
Hello grobbyjibbers Image

Welcome to Linux Mint and the Linux Mint forum :)

You can use the 4 TB internal to store data/media files etc., but it won't be used by default.

What you would have to do is create and format an ext4 partition and modify the /etc/fstab file to have it mount during boot.

Also a mountpoint would need to be created and the owner:group set to your id.

You can use gparted to create/format the partition.

Re: I have linux mint installed on ssd

Posted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:01 pm
by grobbyjibbers
WharfRat wrote:
Fri Aug 23, 2019 4:51 pm
Hello grobbyjibbers Image

Welcome to Linux Mint and the Linux Mint forum :)

You can use the 4 TB internal to store data/media files etc., but it won't be used by default.

What you would have to do is create and format an ext4 partition and modify the /etc/fstab file to have it mount during boot.

Also a mountpoint would need to be created and the owner:group set to your id.

You can use gparted to create/format the partition.
ok, thanks for responding so quickly, im not sure how to modify that file, im somewhat new to linux. would I be better off doing a fresh install?

Re: I have linux mint installed on ssd

Posted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:11 pm
by grobbyjibbers
Neil Edmond wrote:
Fri Aug 23, 2019 4:48 pm
Congrats on your new installation of Mint on SSD!
One way to set up your data partition on the 4TB hard drive is to create symlinks.

ok, so can I create a downloads symlink in the home folder that points somewhere else and delete the original?

Re: I have linux mint installed on ssd

Posted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:29 pm
by all41
I leave the original directories untouched.
I just direct the output of apps to a second hdd that is mounted as 'storage'
'storage' has it's own directories such as Downloads, Pictures, Videos, Music. etc
where my stuff gets stored.

Re: I have linux mint installed on ssd

Posted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:42 pm
by grobbyjibbers
how would I go about doing that?

Re: I have linux mint installed on ssd

Posted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:47 pm
by WharfRat
Did you create and format the partition :?:

If so paste back the results of sudo blkid

Re: I have linux mint installed on ssd

Posted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 6:05 pm
by grobbyjibbers
WharfRat wrote:
Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:47 pm
Did you create and format the partition :?:

If so paste back the results of sudo blkid
I did while installing it if thats what you are referring to.

Re: I have linux mint installed on ssd

Posted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 6:33 pm
by WharfRat
If you have already created/formatted the partition then try entering the following in the terminal one line at a time:

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sudo mkdir -v /media/storage
sudo mount -v /dev/sdb1 /media/storage
sudo chown -v $USER:$USER /media/storage
Then paste back the results of df -h

If you get any errors or failures paste the message here.

Re: I have linux mint installed on ssd

Posted: Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:23 pm
by Sgthawker
This method works fine for me:

https://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/1609

I use this data partition for multi distro installs with one data partition shared among all distros, it works great.