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Old 08-18-2014, 11:44 PM   #1
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Choosing '/' for Windows - Mint dual boot.

I've been using Linux for quite a while, started with Red Hat if I remember right.

I've downloaded and installed at least eight different distros and have done trial runs with upward of twenty of them. But I keep running into trouble selecting and marking the '/' for the installation. I searched online and found many many items related to the '/' selection, but none gave me what I needed so here I am with my head down, sheepishly, asking for help.

Actual statistics on my 82.3GB Hitachi hdd.
Triple boot, hda1 Win 2000Pro 17376MB NTFS, hda5 Mepis 11.10 33197MB Ext3, hda7 Ubuntu 12.04.4 29457MB EXT4, with swap partitions as needed.

I want to install Mint 16 (or 17) to replace Ubuntu 12.
Boot is currently handled via GRUB and I can choose which OS to boot each time.

I tried to install Mint 16 using the Install Linux Mint from a live DVD but stopped at the 'No root is specified' notice. I have been in this situation with each multi-boot I have set up and somehow got it to work. I'm hoping there will be something in the replies that will 'stick in my noggin' and I'll be able to remember how to solve future problems.

I know the '/' is selected and specified for each of the current OS choices, otherwise GRUB couldn't boot them.

Is there a way for me to find the location of '/' in each of these?
Where should I place '/' in the planned Mint 16 installation? (It seems obvious it will be the same as for Ubuntu 12).

In this context, should '/' be referred to as a directory, a partition, or something else?

Thanks for your help, it is greatly appreciated!

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Old 08-19-2014, 12:11 AM   #2
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/ is the root partition for an OS. /boot would be commoan to all OS'es, but wod only be controlled by 1 of your choosing, or the last OS that writes to it & takes over. In general if you have a /boot partition you don't want another Os writing to it. You'll want to edit yourself.
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/ is the root directory of the system, everything should reside in it. Therefore / means not only the root dir, but your main partition too. You can mount another partitions as well somewhere inside / (for example you can have /home, /var, /tmp or whatever mounted), but actually all of them should be connected to an existing partition. / must exist, all the other mounts are "only" optional. So in case you will use only one single partition (not mentioning the swap space) you need to configure your installation so the root dir / should be put onto /dev/hda7 (replacing ubuntu)
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The Mint installer will give you multiple options. Select the manual method which is called 'Something Else'. When you get to the window which shows your partition, select 'hda7' or 'sda7' if that is what it shows so you can replace the Ubuntu install there. After clicking that partition in the main window, you should see a Change tab below it and clicking that will open a new 'Edit' window. Select '\' as the Mount point.


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