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Old 10-27-2013, 12:34 PM   #1
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Linux Mint 15 partitioning

Hello. I want to install Linux Mint 15, but I don't know how to partition to where Mint can install to those partitions. I know you need an exFAT4 partition, but I don't know more than that. Can someone with knowledge of Mint help me through installation?
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We can't tell you which partition(s) to install to because we don't know what partitions you have, if any. It's a pretty simple process if Mint is the only system you want to install. If you have another operating system, you neglected to mention it. A FAT32 partition would be alright if you are just installing to a flash drive otherwise you would be better off with a Linux filesystem, ext4 would be the default for Mint. The link below is to the Mint site which has links to a number of tutorials at the bottom of the page.
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If Mint is the only OS you'll be using on the system, then the default installation options should work fine when you come to the partitioning. It will basically put the whole system in one large partition.
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The best plan is to have what we call a root partition, for Linux and the programs, and a home partition for your own files. That way you can replace your Linux without affecting your data. Most people add a swap partition. That can be used by the computer if it runs out of memory (not very likely these days) or for hibernating.

Root partition: 10GB; mount point (the part of the filing system that lives there) "/"
Home partition: as much as you can get; mount point "/home"
Swap partition: as big as your RAM, if you want to hibernate.

If you're going to double boot with Windows, defrag the Windows partition first. The live disk of Mint will include Gparted, a very easy tool to create partitions. There's a screen-shot at


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