Help with Partitions in linux mint.
I had Windows 7, installed with Linux mint on my computer, but I liked Linux mint so much that I deleted Windows 7, thinking that I could increase the size of the partition on Linux mint. Now I have no way of resizing the partition, and I can't get any cd's to auto start on my computer. I don't know how to change the size of my now 30 GB mint partition, and add the extra 70+GB to it. GParted, and all of the other partitioning programs, seem to make you unmount whatever thing you're on, and i can't get any of the cd's I made to auto start on the computer, such as the original cd I used to install mint with. Thanks for you're help.
Yes, you are right. You can't change the size of the partition which you are using now. Get any live CD:
http://www.knoppix.net/ (for example)
Even better, you could mount the partitions for you data. Is that something you'd like to do?
Have your BIOS settings changed? Do you have, from cold boot, a boot manager? (I have Dell and Toshiba laptops and they have this feature.)
Regarding your partitions, are these Primary, Extended/Logical, a mix? How's about posting your partition table? Run the command below to put it to a text file and you could copy and paste it here.
$ sudo fdisk -l /dev/sda > part-table.txt
For more info on partitioning see:
My most recent and most successful partitioning was done using a modified version of Pollock's "Partitioning Map for 50 GB hard disk, FreeBSD, For a Home user's development workstation" on the third link. I did this for an installation of Debian GNU/Linux 5.0.3 KDE and noticed a somewhat significant increase in performance on an old laptop (30 GB HDD) that I use as MY main machine (I'm using the school laptop right now because I can). I modified it somewhat and added a couple of partitions so I could install Mint. I share swap (of course) and /home directories between distros with the /home sharing accomplished by unique user names (I use part of the distro name in the user name).
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