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Old 07-11-2012, 09:12 AM   #1
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Newbie requests advice on re-partitioning


Hello everybody. For the last month or so I have been exploring the wonderful world of Linux, and am now ready to give Mr Gates the boot once and for all.

I have been trying all the popular distro's, ie, Ubuntu, Mint, Fedora, Mandrake, Suse etc, and now I know which one I get on with best. It is Mint 12, Lisa.

My issue is, I have it running just so sweetly on my machine, which also has Ubuntu on another partition. Now I want the partition space back which currently holds Ubuntu.

My question is, how can I remove Ubuntu, reclaim the partition and add it to the other partition which has Mint on it?

I have looked at the partitioning tool which comes with Mint, and consider that messing with that to be similar to shaking hands with a rattlesnake, ie, fraught with danger.

My problem is that I am not familiar enough with the terminology, and definitely not 100% certain I know what all the abbreviations mean.

Can some kind soul please give me a step by step walk through to achieve what I want to?

Thanks in advance.
 
Old 07-11-2012, 09:15 AM   #2
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Use the linumint cd/dvd & it'll remove & replace it.
 
Old 07-11-2012, 09:26 AM   #3
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Before doing anything, you should understand which systems bootloader is installed to the master boot record. If it is Mint, you're OK. If it is Ubuntu and you re-format the Ubuntu partition, you will have problems. If you are not familiar with the terminology used in partitioning, I would suggest you familiarize yourself with it before proceeding or be more specific about which term(s) when asking here.
 
Old 07-11-2012, 09:26 AM   #4
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Thanks Eddy, that looks like a straightforward process.

I do not want to lose the Mint installation I already have, it's is set up just perfectly, exactly how I want it.

If I were st start from scratch again, it would take me hours to get it all back how it was.....

I will give it a go.

Thanks again.
 
Old 07-11-2012, 09:33 AM   #5
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Oh dear.

Yancek, it is the Ubuntu bootloader which is in the MBR. What can I do about that?
 
Old 07-11-2012, 10:02 AM   #6
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Start Mint, open a terminal and launch the command
Code:
sudo grub-install /dev/sda
sudo update-grub
Assuming that you have only one harddisk.
Reboot to make sure that it worked, the bootloader's menu should now have a Mint theme.
After that boot from the Mint Live-CD/DVD/USB and start the GParted partition manager. Use it to delete the Ubuntu partition and extend your Mint partition.
Reboot the system and launch the
Code:
sudo update-grub
again to remove the Ubuntu entry from the bootloader.

Warning: Since repartitioning the system can in rare cases lead to data loss you should make a backup of your important data first. Which you should have anyways.
 
Old 07-11-2012, 10:10 AM   #7
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Thanks Tobi,

Your instructions are clear and easy to follow, even for a newbie convert. I have no valuable data as such on any of the Linux partitions, just the bare OS, but because the Mint partition is working so well, it even runs my Broadcom wi-fi card which seems to cause so much grief with other distro's, I don't want to lose it and then have to reload it. I will run your instructions. Thanks again.
 
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You may have to change hour /etc/fstab after deleting ubuntu depending on where ubuntu is
 
  


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