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Old 11-03-2012, 03:02 PM   #1
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Installed Linux alongside Windows, created partition but it's not being used


I recently loaded Linux Mint Cinnamon 64bit along side my Windows 7 home 64bit OS. I'm pleased with this distro so far however I noticed the partitions I chose during the install aren't what I was expecting.

Currently I run Windows from a Raptor 150g HDD and I have all of my saved user files set up to be automatically saved on a Seagate 1TB HDD. (original intent was for gaming from the Raptor)

When I loaded Linux along side Windows, the only optional drive to load it to was the 1TB Seagate. I was ok with this because I wanted to keep Linux separate anyway as this was mostly for exploration and familiarization with using Linux.

The partition I set it up with was 600GB / 300GB roughly during the install and now when I log into either OS they both display the 1TB Seagate HDD as having an available total space of 614GB. It seems as though I have blocked off 300GB+ of space due to that partition in which I thought would be the section used for Linux.

Any ideas on how to at a minimum remove that partition block and allow the full use of my 1TB drive? or remove Linux to do a re-install without losing any of my saved media from Windows?
(If it helps I do also have a 2TB external HDD with enough room to back up my 1TB HDD files just in case)

Thanks in advance for any time spent on this issue!

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Old 11-03-2012, 07:08 PM   #2
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Hello LinuxNewbieTYLT, welcome to LQ,

to give us an overview, could you please when Linux is running open a terminal and post the output of the following commands:
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df -h
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fdisk -l
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cat /etc/fstab
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Old 11-03-2012, 10:44 PM   #3
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Here are the ss

I see the proper partition size from the first code. However I posted 2 more screen shots to display what I'm also seeing and curious about. Let me know if there's anything else I can provide for information.

Thank you.
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Old 11-03-2012, 11:26 PM   #4
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Rerun the fdisk command as follows so you can give us the info requested - you'll need to enter your password
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sudo fdisk -l
 
Old 11-03-2012, 11:36 PM   #5
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sudo used this time, hope this helps

I hope this helps xD, and sorry I keep forgetting to move the mouse off the screen for the SS.
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Old 11-04-2012, 12:18 AM   #6
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Both disks are fully occupied - as you planned I expect. The Raptor has two Windows partitions on it and there was no free space for Mint, so it went onto the Seagate. That has ~615G Gig reserved for Windows, ~310 Gig for Mint, and ~8 Gig for a (Linux) swap.

You'll need to give examples to explain what you mean by the following.
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... and now when I log into either OS they both display the 1TB Seagate HDD as having an available total space of 614GB.
 
Old 11-04-2012, 12:46 AM   #7
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Consider this Solved ... My apologies

I can see now what you're saying and I looked at all the drives shown in "computer." I was unaware that Linux would continue to allow me access to the windows partitions and that it named It's own partition "File System" rather than showing simply a 305GB availability on the same drive already named "Terabyte Storage."
The last time I installed this distro was on my laptop a few weeks ago but it was pretty straight forward considering only 1 HDD.

Thank you for spelling that out for me though I do appreciate your time and assistance!
 
Old 11-04-2012, 12:53 AM   #8
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No need to apologise - gotta learn (the differences) somehow.
 
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Hello,

normally one would divide the Linuxpartition into several smaller partitions. 309GB only for the / (root) partition is very much space, but there's no separate partition for /home or /boot even though this would be possible.

If you have a similar situation once again, I'd recommend to partition the drive manually before Linux is installed. If (as an example) you take 100GB for / and 100 GB for /home, you have 109GB as a spare-space (you can partition it later if you need).

But don't worry, it's everything ok with your system ;-)

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Old 11-04-2012, 05:36 AM   #10
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A footnote: on a client, like a laptop of desktop, /usr usually consumes at least 10x the disk space as the remainder of /, minus /home, of course. So, a separate /usr partition is usually a good idea.
 
  


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