Upgrade dual boot Linux mint Rosa

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Upgrade dual boot Linux mint Rosa

Post by bobo61 » Tue Sep 10, 2019 12:20 pm

Hi,

I have a dual boot laptop that I run Rosa(17.3 cinnamon) on as a secondary OS with Windows 7 as my primary OS, more for historical reasons than anything else.

With Windows 7 support finishing in a few months I started looking at what options I have, as I dont want to use the privacy nightmare windows 10 (I know all versions of windows have issues but windows 10 seems the worst) I hadnt logged onto my mint for a couple of months and noticed it didnt have many updates, this now seems to be that it is out of support.

Is it possible to upgrade my 17.3 mint to the latest version or isnt this possible? If it isnt possible can I overwrite this installation with the latest version?

I dont have anything that I am worried about losing on this side of my laptop but as I want to switch from using windows as my primary os to mint I want to be sure this new install will be sufficent and safe from the windows side that will just be archived.

If this cant be done safely I will look to buy a new laptop and then install mint but it seems a waste to do this as the hardware of my current laptop is fine for my needs (Web browsing and basic spreadsheets and occasional photo editing).

Many thanks.

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Re: Upgrade dual boot Linux mint Rosa

Post by pbear » Tue Sep 10, 2019 12:37 pm

bobo61 wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 12:20 pm
Is it possible to upgrade my 17.3 mint to the latest version or isnt this possible? If it isnt possible can I overwrite this installation with the latest version?
Yes, you can overwrite and that's what you should do. Copy out unique data files (if any), so you can copy them back in afterwards. Simplest way to do this would be to boot the live session, open GParted and delete the existing Mint installation (leave the space unallocated) then install using the alongside option. Alternatively, you could use Something Else and reformat the old root partition, but Mint doesn't require a swap partition now, so that's a bit inefficient. Or you could build a new partition scheme and use Something Else for installing to that.

As for the first question, karlchen did it as an exercise. He very definitely doesn't recommend anyone do it that way.
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Re: Upgrade dual boot Linux mint Rosa

Post by bobo61 » Tue Sep 10, 2019 1:29 pm

Thanks for the quick reply.

I am unfamilar with Gparted, will it come on the live iso? Will it be easy to tell which partitions contain mint as I dont want to accidentally delete the windows install, at least not now? Will I need to make any bios changes or should the alongside install do this for me, I cant remember when I did the original dual boot install?

I had a brief look at the 'exercise' and I agree that does not look like the way to go.

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Re: Upgrade dual boot Linux mint Rosa

Post by pbear » Tue Sep 10, 2019 2:12 pm

You're welcome. Yes, GParted is included in the live session. Should be easy to tell which are the Mint partitions, as they will be formatted either ext4 or swap. If you're not entirely sure, open Terminal, run lsblk (that's an "L," as in "list") and post the output here. And, yes, the installer will handle everything else. Nothing to change in BIOS, actually, but the bootloader will be reinstalled so it points to the new system. Be aware Windows might not be on the Grub list initially, but will be picked up post-installation the first time you update Grub.
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Re: Upgrade dual boot Linux mint Rosa

Post by bobo61 » Tue Sep 10, 2019 2:35 pm

Thanks again, this is my lsblk output and df output. So I believe I need to clear sda5/6/7

Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
udev 3.8G 4.0K 3.8G 1% /dev
tmpfs 779M 1.3M 777M 1% /run
/dev/sda5 19G 9.9G 7.5G 58% /
none 4.0K 0 4.0K 0% /sys/fs/cgroup
none 5.0M 0 5.0M 0% /run/lock
none 3.8G 2.5M 3.8G 1% /run/shm
none 100M 16K 100M 1% /run/user
/dev/sda6 73G 2.1G 67G 4% /home


NAME MAJ:MIN RM SIZE RO TYPE MOUNTPOINT
sda 8:0 0 698.7G 0 disk
├─sda1 8:1 0 199M 0 part
├─sda2 8:2 0 587.7G 0 part
├─sda3 8:3 0 10.8G 0 part
├─sda4 8:4 0 1K 0 part
├─sda5 8:5 0 18.6G 0 part /
├─sda6 8:6 0 73.6G 0 part /home
└─sda7 8:7 0 7.8G 0 part [SWAP]
sr0 11:0 1 1024M 0 rom
loop0 7:0 0 0 loop
loop1 7:1 0 0 loop
loop2 7:2 0 0 loop
loop3 7:3 0 0 loop
loop4 7:4 0 0 loop
loop5 7:5 0 0 loop
loop6 7:6 0 0 loop
loop7 7:7 0 0 loop

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Re: Upgrade dual boot Linux mint Rosa

Post by pbear » Tue Sep 10, 2019 2:44 pm

bobo61 wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 2:35 pm
So I believe I need to clear sda5/6/7
Correct. So, you do that with GParted. It'll do it's thing, then show a graphic of the hard drive with that space "unallocated." Perfect. Close GParted. Start the installer, select "install alongside" and off you go. Notice I'm having you give up the separate home partition. Frankly, I think they're overrated. If you want to keep, I can tell you how. Does make things a little more complicated, but not rocket surgery.
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Re: Upgrade dual boot Linux mint Rosa

Post by bobo61 » Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:35 pm

Many thanks, I will give this a go over the weekend hopefully after I have backed everything up.

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