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Old 03-31-2014, 11:54 AM   #1
PeteTheOAP
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Hi,
I tried a dual-boot of Linux & Win XP...
First I partitioned the main disk and formatted it (the empty partition!).
Then installed.
Linux (Mint) didn't use this partition!
So, my (main) hard disk has a main partition and a second (empty) partition.
How do I get Linux to install on the 2nd partition and do nothing to the main disk ?

Thanks
Pete Hepple
 
Old 03-31-2014, 12:23 PM   #2
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Linux (Mint) didn't use this partition!
Why would it have? You created a partition there, which tells Mint or any other OS "I'm using this space". Mint isn't going to overwrite one of your partitions by default, because it doesn't know what's there. Don't make a partition, just leave empty space, and then tell Mint to use that empty space when you go to install. Or just select "Manual partition layout" or whatever it's called during installation and set it up however you like.

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Old 03-31-2014, 02:01 PM   #3
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First I partitioned the main disk and formatted it (the empty partition!).
That was not the correct thing to do.

You want unpartitioned space for Linux to install into. So delete that second partition and then you will be ready to install Linux.

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How do I get Linux to install on the 2nd partition and do nothing to the main disk ?
Look at the disk usage options carefully when installing Linux. Obviously you don't want the option that says it uses the entire disk.

There is some option which will automatically create Linux partitions in the unpartitioned space on the drive, while not touching the existing Windows partition. That is the option you want. Its description may not be that clear (varies by distribution and I don't know Mint). It may say it uses "free space" which is a misleading phrase, since it actually uses unpartitioned space. Knowning that option DOES exist should make it possible to select it from the available options.
 
  


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