[SOLVED] want to go full mint 13 maya on partioned pc
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How do I go from a partioned pc half mint 13 maya cinnamon and win xp to ALL LINUX MINT 13 MAYA CINNAMON? it is partioned, and I am so very very disgusted with the slowness of the windows xp now that I have been spoiled by the linux speed and ease of use on the other half. Yeah, I have some stuff, photos and a few documents etc to load onto a flash stick first, no music, no video's, some favorite websites, but dont know how to copy those, guess I will lose them??? But today when I had to go to the windows side of the pc, it took so blasted long that I had to ask myself...'self, why are you even bothering with having windows on your pc at all? I mean, Linus rules, windows drools!
So that being said, is there a way to do this, dump windows completely....and another thing...is there a way to transfer the stuff vs flash stick even though that is very easy. Another thing I would miss is my unique fonts, I like the oddball ones, like 'tenqwar' which is like the font on the ring in lord of the rings, it was designed by J.R.R. Tolkien...very fluid runish style of font writing, kinda cool. So i want to transfer or copy, fonts, photos, docs, and favorite websites then I can dump windows for good, any help would be appreciated....thanks folks!
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I guess I am a babe in the wild woods here, sync all accounts??? web based, no idea??? dropbox??? I did find out how to load windows web favorites onto a usb flash drive...thank GOD for wikipedia...what a great gift to humanity! lots of stuff there. I can use same procedure to load my photos, docs, maybe even a file containing my fave fonts too! but I am lost here about the sync all accts?????no clue on this.....web based ????? not even a glimmer of an idea...sorry to bother you Andrew, sure you got plenty to do besides spoon feed me on this stuff. But I am disabled vet who has lil experience with pcs, interested, but not gifted nor educated much in the ins and outs..thanks buddy!
firstly, there is likely no need to reinstall mint which is what post #2 seems to be implying.
The simplest thing to do would be to boot into mint, then with the windows partition mounted, copy any files you want to keep to your linux partition (or to some external media). Once you are happy you have copies of these files outside of the windows install/partition you can proceed to use that partition for something else. You can refomat it to something more linux friendly eg ext4 and then mount it, for example as /data or perhaps /media and use that as you see fit (eg put your photos/vidoes/whatever back on it). Another, riskier option is to consider growing the linux partition to use the space preciously use by the windows partition.
Please note that I am unable to give any sort of step by step instructions for this. But hopefully this gives you an idea of your options which you can then research on the web.
sorry but all this stuff is greek to me....I will download my stuff, photos, favorites, fonts docs etc onto a usb flash stick and then maybe I can find a way to expand the LINUX side of the partition to 100% thereby eliminating WINDOW altogether...not gonna re install it if I dont have to.
Step 1 transfer everything.
to do this all you have to do is mount your windows filesystem. First you have to find it
sudo fdisk -l
This should display all your filesystems. In all likelyhood you will have 2 NTFS partitions, you want the larger one. Remember the device name. Next type
sudo mount /dev/xxx /mnt
where /dev/xxx is the device name and /mnt can actually be any empty directory, but that one is somewhat of a default.
Assuming you didn't get any error messages you should now be able to move to that directory and view the root windows filesystem, grab your stuff and copy it to your home directory. (If this does not work let us know, it's possible that you may have to reconfigure a few things first).
This is really up to you and your system. You may not actually need to do anything right away. The easiest way to absorb the space of windows is to turn it in to an ext3/4 partition, give it a mount point in /etc/fstab, and copy any necessary files over.
Like I said, it may be better to wait until you need the space to make the decision. In the mean time you have the extra space to play with.
The two mount points I would recommend are /opt and /home
The /opt directory can fill up fast if you install a lot of closed source software. /home might be a better choice if you work on a lot of projects in your home directory or store a lot of photos, movies and music. Another option would be /usr/local which wouldn't be a bad idea to inflate space for more linux software but you may want to ask for more help should you choose this option. You don't want to screw this up.
Distribution: OpenSUSE 13.2 64bit-Gnome on ASUS U52F
You can access to your windows folders right from the Linux Mint file browser.
So just open the folder browsers and at the left you will see book marked Mint (With a little house icon), you will see Desktop, File System, Network, and more.
Click on the one that says XX GB Volume (XX being the amount of GB you have in your windows partition). From there just navigate to the folder in which your data is storages copied over your linux partition.
In Linux if you click on the File menu on the menu bar of the windows you have an option to open a new tab, so on the same screen you can have two tabs and copy files from one tab to the other one.
I just did what you wanna do but with AntiX 64 bit dual boot and Ubuntu 10.04LTS on the other Partition.
I first copied what I wanted to keep. If you wanna use usb. Thats fine. I just dragged and dropped from one partition
to the other using Rox File Manager which is greek to you.
Anyways. When done copying/backing up music,movies,books,documents, etc.....
Shut down. Boot up a Live cd/dvd/usb whatever that has gparted. Delete Windows XP partition. Expand Mint 13 to take over deleted Windows partition. That is it. If paranoid. Right click and unmount and run check in gparted of finished product.
I mention the live media because Mint won't take up the drive and expand when booted into Mint. It will format and make the
empty partition whatever you want. Fat 32, Ext3, Ext4. It just won't make a mount point and you sound like
that is too much of a chore for you to edit /etc/fstab and make a directory in /media. So a Live session will bail you out
of having to do that by expanding your Mint install to take up deleted Windows XP space.
great googley moogely, wow, what a lot of stuff to do. I may dump my stuff onto a flash stick and then I will have it. HOWEVER since I am new to linux mint 13, how do I find my flash stick once I put it back after downloading from windows? On win xp we had the 'my computer' and you could see the usb drive there and open etc. So,,,if I can find it, then I can either upload onto mint or refer to it as needed (photos etc which take up space) where is the equivelent of my computer on mint13?
I have downloaded all of my personal pictures to a usb stick, and will go back on the win side and get my docs and other stuff including making a font folder with my favorite ones and get my favorite web sites too. I found out that of my 80gb hard drive windows takes up nearly 51gb, guess it was not a 50 50 set up. I will expand the mint side and make it much bigger and wait to see what to do next. last night windows took so so long to do anything that I may get it done this wk end...all linux mint...hoooraay!