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Old 04-20-2016, 04:55 AM   #1
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Question Reconfiguring HD partitions in Mint 17.3 - Mate


My Mint 17.3 – Mate is giving me uphill and I need to install a dual boot so that I have something to use while I hunt the gremlins in Mint

Mint currently takes up virtually all the space on the drive so there is no place for the dual boot

The partitions on my hard drive are currently configured like this:-

File system – Partition 1 - 745GB ext. 4

Extended – Partition 2 – 4,2 GB

Swap – Partition 5 – 4.2GB Swap

Partition 3 and 4 apparently do not exist

How do I reconfigure them to accommodate the dual boot?




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Old 04-20-2016, 05:17 AM   #2
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Run this, post the complete output using [code] tags so we can read it.
Code:
sudo parted /dev/sda "print free"
Adjust for device name if different.
 
Old 04-20-2016, 05:34 AM   #3
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rusty@Esmerelda ~ $ sudo parted /dev/sda "print free"
[sudo] password for rusty:

Model: ATA Hitachi HTS54757 (scsi)
Disk /dev/sda: 750GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/4096B
Partition Table: msdos

Number Start End Size Type File system Flags
32,3kB 1049kB 1016kB Free Space
1 1049kB 746GB 746GB primary ext4 boot
746GB 746GB 1048kB Free Space
2 746GB 750GB 4203MB extended
5 746GB 750GB 4203MB logical linux-swap(v1)
750GB 750GB 909kB Free Space

rusty@Esmerelda ~ $
 
Old 04-20-2016, 06:30 AM   #4
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Hatman KZN,

You are at risk of picking up a very large shovel and digging yourself a much bigger hole.

First, make sure all your personal data is backed up to an external drive.

I then suggest that you take your Mint 17.3 MATE DVD and do a fresh installation.

It will be quicker, easier and it will remove the current gremlins.

When you reach the partitioning stage, you could just delete all the existing partitions and then create, for example:

sda1................ext4.....................30GB.........mounted as root.... /

sda2................swap......................2GB

sda3................ext4....................Remaining space........mounted as home..... /home

Good luck.
 
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Old 04-20-2016, 07:39 AM   #5
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Rather than trying to dual-boot or re-install, you might post some information on what these 'gremlins' are doing on your computer that you don't want them to do. Someone might have a suggestion or two about that.
 
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Old 04-20-2016, 07:43 AM   #6
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Thanks beachboy.
Sound advice as always.
I have printed out your instructions and will do as you advise.

The one thing that I do, do religiously is backup to two external hard drives.
One on my desk and the other off site, just in case.
 
  


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