installin on harddrive without operating system [solved]

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installin on harddrive without operating system [solved]

Postby quincey543 » Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:22 pm

My internal hard drive is kaput. I have a new one and i am using linux on a usb as my operating system. When I install it on the new hard drive will I get the option to allocate an amount of space or will it automatically take up the whole drive?
The laptop is a sony vaio e series.
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Re: installin on harddrive without operating system

Postby Flemur » Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:31 pm

quincey543 wrote:When I install it on the new hard drive will I get the option to allocate an amount of space or will it automatically take up the whole drive?

There are different options:
The easiest for a linux-only install is "use the whole disk".
If you want to define everything yourself, use the "Something else" option; use gparted to create the partition(s) first, then refer to them when installing.
You shouldn't see the "Install alongside windows" option.

PS: If you want to install windows later on, it's easier to install it first, then linux 2nd.
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Re: installin on harddrive without operating system

Postby quincey543 » Fri Jun 23, 2017 12:40 am

my new hard drive is empty, there is no op system on it so there is no possibility to use gparted I think, I don't think i can instruct the new internal drive by using gparted on the usb. I had no backup, so that's why i downloaded the iso to another computer. If i had an op system on the hard drive i could use gparted. I will just have to click install and see what options i am given.
A secondary question. Is it simple to remove an op system that is taking up the whole drive. Can i do that in the bios? I ask in case the install uses the whole drive, if it is buggy i would want to remove it.

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Re: installin on harddrive without operating system

Postby all41 » Fri Jun 23, 2017 1:09 am

Hi--gparted works in the live mode after you boot with a usb/dvd live mode and use gparted.
Once you see your hard drive:
In the toolbar choose Device/Create Partition Table
Mostly choose msdos partition table
Once you have a partition table you can set up partitions to install Mint.
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