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Un-install? Or impossible?

Posted: Sat May 20, 2017 9:04 pm
by Peyiks
I'm not happy with my installation choices with Mint Cinnamon 18.1.... so how do I UN-install it? Completely remove it, so I can study it better on live disc and decide partition setup later? :?

Re: Un-install? Or impossible?

Posted: Sat May 20, 2017 9:10 pm
by jimallyn
You don't have to uninstall it, just boot from the install DVD again and delete the partitions it uses. Or install something else over the top of it. Oh, if you also have Windows on that computer, you'll probably want to run one of the utilities to restore the Windows boot system.

Re: Un-install? Or impossible?

Posted: Sat May 27, 2017 2:44 pm
by Doruletz
Peyiks wrote:I'm not happy with my installation choices with Mint Cinnamon 18.1.... so how do I UN-install it? Completely remove it, so I can study it better on live disc and decide partition setup later? :?
The best and safest way, and the ONLY WAY that I always do that is this:

1. Use either Acronis Home or DBAN to do a deep delete of your hard drive(s) and/or SSD(s).
2. Boot from live disc (USB or DVD/CD), partition your drive(s) as follows:
Create 3 partitions if you only have a single drive in your system.
First partition, type EXT4 of at least 20-25GB for your Linux system files mounted as "/" (aka the ROOT PARTITION)
Second partition of 2GB (2048MB) type Linux swap for your system swap
Third partition, the remainder of the drive, type EXT4 for your home folder (personal data files) mounted as "/home"

If you have more than one drive in your system, use the fastest one (an SSD preferably) for your ROOT PARTITION and use the other one for both swap and HOME.
You can add a 3rd, 4th, etc, formated EXT4 and mounted as "/media/ANY-NAME-YOU-WANT-TO-GIVE-IT"
For example, I have 3 storage hard drives, which I mounted as:
"/media/3TB-Linux-Storage"
"/media/5TB-Linux-Storage"
and "/media/6TB-Linux-Storage"

Complete the install and enjoy. Good luck!

NOTE: A partition name CANNOT contain any blanks (keyboard spacebar character) in the name.
5TB Linux Storage would be incorrect, it needs to be 5TB-Linux-Storage or 5TBLinuxStorage or 5TB_Linux_Storage

Re: Un-install? Or impossible?

Posted: Sat May 27, 2017 2:51 pm
by austin.texas
Do you have any other OS on the hard drive? Windows?

Re: Un-install? Or impossible?

Posted: Sat May 27, 2017 2:52 pm
by Doruletz
austin.texas wrote:Do you have any other OS on the hard drive? Windows?
Good question, "austin.texas". I completely forgot that there are still people out there that use Window$ for whatever reason...

Things will obviously change a lot if that's the case...

Re: Un-install? Or impossible?

Posted: Mon May 29, 2017 12:29 pm
by gold_finger
Doruletz wrote:The best and safest way, and the ONLY WAY that I always do that is this:

1. Use either Acronis Home or DBAN to do a deep delete of your hard drive(s) and/or SSD(s).
If OP were planning to sell or discard computer I'd agree with this -- zero out drive or overwrite with random data using DBAN first so random person can't recover data on it. But, in this case OP is keeping drive, so a simple delete of partition(s) or new install re-formatting them will suffice.

Re: Un-install? Or impossible?

Posted: Thu Jun 01, 2017 1:06 pm
by Doruletz
gold_finger wrote:
Doruletz wrote:The best and safest way, and the ONLY WAY that I always do that is this:

1. Use either Acronis Home or DBAN to do a deep delete of your hard drive(s) and/or SSD(s).
If OP were planning to sell or discard computer I'd agree with this -- zero out drive or overwrite with random data using DBAN first so random person can't recover data on it. But, in this case OP is keeping drive, so a simple delete of partition(s) or new install re-formatting them will suffice.
Yes, it will.
However, I always do it, at least on the system drive. Which is an SSD, and takes just about 15-20 minutes to wipe off. It gives me peace of mind knowing that nothing (good or bad) survives from the older install. I'm talking about things like rootkits, BIOS viruses and self-cloning viruses or malware. I guess you can call it Microsoft PTSD. :lol:

Re: Un-install? Or impossible?

Posted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 8:21 am
by Mute Ant
@Doruletz re: "NOTE: A partition name CANNOT contain any blanks (keyboard spacebar character) in the name." Yes it can. So can a file-system label. It's in the same set as... "file names cannot contain ? characters" (yes they can) ...and... "file names cannot start with a - character" (yes they can). Life is easier if they don't, but that's just a policy.

Re: Un-install? Or impossible?

Posted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 1:20 pm
by rebelyell72
Doruletz wrote:
gold_finger wrote:
Doruletz wrote:The best and safest way, and the ONLY WAY that I always do that is this:

1. Use either Acronis Home or DBAN to do a deep delete of your hard drive(s) and/or SSD(s).
If OP were planning to sell or discard computer I'd agree with this -- zero out drive or overwrite with random data using DBAN first so random person can't recover data on it. But, in this case OP is keeping drive, so a simple delete of partition(s) or new install re-formatting them will suffice.
Yes, it will.
However, I always do it, at least on the system drive. Which is an SSD, and takes just about 15-20 minutes to wipe off. It gives me peace of mind knowing that nothing (good or bad) survives from the older install. I'm talking about things like rootkits, BIOS viruses and self-cloning viruses or malware. I guess you can call it Microsoft PTSD. :lol:

i would love to steel your avatar if it would stretch out to fit the grub loader screen :mrgreen:

Re: Un-install? Or impossible?

Posted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 4:15 pm
by Mute Ant
A vast suppository indeed...coarse fellow...http://www.fotolog.com/y_quesecreee/12655759/

Re: Un-install? Or impossible?

Posted: Sat Jun 03, 2017 6:37 pm
by Doruletz
rebelyell72 wrote:i would love to steel your avatar if it would stretch out to fit the grub loader screen :mrgreen:
Here you go, buddy, this is the full sized wallpaper version that I used to crop out my avatar from.
The size is 1024 x 768, excellent for a grub loader background.
Enjoy.

https://image.ibb.co/mUb9sa/1024x768_Pisson_Windows.jpg
or
http://s483.removed/user/AlphaRomeoEcho ... s.jpg.html

Image

Re: Un-install? Or impossible?

Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 6:15 pm
by rebelyell72
Doruletz wrote:
rebelyell72 wrote:i would love to steel your avatar if it would stretch out to fit the grub loader screen :mrgreen:
Here you go, buddy, this is the full sized wallpaper version that I used to crop out my avatar from.
The size is 1024 x 768, excellent for a grub loader background.
Enjoy.

https://image.ibb.co/mUb9sa/1024x768_Pisson_Windows.jpg
or
http://s483.removed/user/AlphaRomeoEcho ... s.jpg.html

Image

hehee thanks man :mrgreen:

Re: Un-install? Or impossible?

Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 4:48 am
by Doruletz
rebelyell72 wrote:hehee thanks man :mrgreen:
You're very welcome. :)

Re: Un-install? Or impossible?

Posted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:35 pm
by BG405
I might use that as my desktop background on the Acer :mrgreen: if that's ok of course. It might result in a few laughs at the pub!