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Old 01-13-2020, 09:45 PM   #1
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Partitions during install


I decided to install Mint on my Windows 10 laptop. II want to make it duel boot because I still want to be able to use Windows. I have a 500 Gig HD with only the C Drive and I've only used about 80 Gigs. So I plan Will the installer that comes with Mint partition my hard drive? Or do I need to do that first. to set the Linux partition 200 Gigs leaving the rest for Windows. Will the installer that comes with Mint partition my hard drive? Or do I need to do that first? Thanks
 
Old 01-13-2020, 10:00 PM   #2
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Well, maybe....

This is one of those deals that can't be fully trusted. In theory a linux installer should be able to do this. I'd use windows to shrink a partition before I'd use linux but plenty of folks use linux.


There are some issues here that you may need to know about.

One is full backup of windows if you need it. You have to understand that some laptops may have more than a few partitions on it already. Some are very important.

If the laptop is important then I'd suggest that you consider a free virtual machine software first. Many exist. Virtualbox may be a common one for most home users. It will allow you to run linux and windows at the same time. Thus keeping your windows safe.

Another option is to make a flash drive that has linux on it.

If you wish to continue then just be careful at each step.
 
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Mint does offer automatic partitioning. This should help. In particular, see the bit about halfway down the page that starts with

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If you want to manage the partitions or specify which partitions to use, select "Something Else."
https://linuxmint-installation-guide...t/install.html
 
Old 01-14-2020, 11:55 AM   #4
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I would suggest shrinking the windows partition using Disk Management in windows then rebooting windows to verify that it reboots. Make sure you turn off fastboot and anything related to hibernation in windows (GPT drive with EFI) make sure you install Mint EFI. Also, as suggested, best to use the manual 'Something Else' option and read through the link posted above.
 
Old 01-14-2020, 01:39 PM   #5
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Thanks. I'll check out your advice. Earlier today they issued a CRITICAL update warning due to another vulnerability in Windows. I did a web search on Windows critical update warnings and it seems there is one at least once every 2 months. So I decided that I'm going to use Linux as my daily OS. I don't want to have worry about updates for seems like every day.
 
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If you keep windows you should be aware that some windows updates will turn hibernation back on. You will not be asked if you want this nor will you be informed so check that after any updates. The only time it would be a problem would be if you wanted to access the windows system from Mint as Linux systems will not mount hibernated partiitons.
 
  


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