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Old 01-04-2016, 05:55 PM   #1
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Question tutorial or help - setting up partitions dual boot - Windows 7 / Linux (Mint Rosa)


I have just removed Robolinux using 'Boot-Repair-Disc' - very easy, & have replaced it with a genuine Windows 7 & then added Linux Mint "Rosa" Mate as a dual-boot (32 bit, PC is Intel® Celeron(R) CPU E1400 @ 2.00GHz × 2, Internal HD Western Digital 1TB, Memory 2.0 GiB).
My issue is that Mint seems to run slowly using the internet - for example side scroll bars are not ready to be moved when the page loads, it just generally feels sluggish. What is interesting is I can download files very easily & quickly - big video HD broadcast files seem to download painlessly & quickly. I think I need help to change my partitions set up.
I see some people recommend having a 'backup' partition where they store a system image, have a separate data partition for storing documents, photos, videos etc (thereby keeping the OS & data separate). I am just interested in how much space I should be attributing to Windows 7 (I will be mainly using it for Video Redo (which can't be used successfully in Linux), & how much space for the Linux OS given I have 1 TB HD.
I save files mainly to an external HD, but would like the flexibility to access & edit files using either Windows or Linux - so need a shared read/write solution too - thinking something like 'EXTFS for Windows'?.

Main issue is really to sort out the partition sizes (is it possible if I haven't setup the partitions sizes adequately for Linux that this is what is causing it to run slowly on internet?). I am a newbie with regards partitioning.

Many thanks in advance of any help,
Paul
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Old 01-04-2016, 11:53 PM   #2
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Before you change your partition size, check how much of the partition is actually used by Mint. You can do that by opening a text terminal, then typing the command df -h.

I have strong doubts that your performance problems are related to disk usage or partition sizes. There are more likely factors like the right graphics drivers and main memory. You may get better answers when you move this thread to the Desktop or Mint forums (use the REPORT button to do that).
 
Old 01-05-2016, 03:11 AM   #3
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thanks bernbausch. Output of df -h;

Filesystem Size Used Avail Use Mounted on
/dev/sda6 337G 11G 309G 4% /
none 4.0K 0 4.0K 0% /sys/fs/cgroup
udev 989M 8.0K 989M 1% /dev
tmpfs 201M 1.3M 200M 1% /run
none 5.0M 0 5.0M 0% /run/lock
none 1003M 1.1M 1002M 1% /run/shm
none 100M 36K 100M 1% /run/user
/dev/sdb1 1.9T 691G 1.2T 38% /media/paul/B238426A38422E23
 
Old 01-05-2016, 03:53 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by blueinca99 View Post
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use Mounted on
/dev/sda6 337G 11G 309G 4 /
96% free. No need to increase this partition.

Code:
none            4.0K     0  4.0K   0% /sys/fs/cgroup
udev            989M  8.0K  989M   1% /dev
tmpfs           201M  1.3M  200M   1% /run
none            5.0M     0  5.0M   0% /run/lock
none           1003M  1.1M 1002M   1% /run/shm
none            100M   36K  100M   1% /run/user
All the above are in-memory filesystems and have nothing to do with partitions

Code:
/dev/sdb1       1.9T  691G  1.2T  38% /media/paul/B238426A38422E23[/QUOTE]
That looks like an external disk with your data on it, and it's more than 50% free anyway.

So don't waste time with rearranging your partitions, and ask people who are more knowledgeable than me what to do with sluggish interactivity. My first thought is a graphics driver better adapted to the hardware you are using, but I wouldn't even know where to start.

I might be wrong, since your swap space seems to be comparatively low (4GB). Again, I can't tell to what extent that might impact GUI performance and how to check this. If it turns out you need more swap space, you will have to change your partitioning. I consider that very unlikely though.

Good luck!

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Old 01-05-2016, 07:36 PM   #5
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I save files mainly to an external HD, but would like the flexibility to access & edit files using either Windows or Linux - so need a shared read/write solution too - thinking something like 'EXTFS for Windows'?.
I've used Linux Reader (for Windows) to get files off a linux disk. There is no charge, so the price is right. LR is not a writer, but that should not be necessary because most linux distros can get files from a Windows disk.

http://www.diskinternals.com/linux-reader/
 
  


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