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Using GParted to make a simple partition table.
« on: May 11, 2014, 01:11:51 pm »
Hi everyone, how's it going?  I have just made a simple blog with instructions on how to use GParted to manually make a simple three part partition table.  How to use GParted Blog. You can now easily use the "Something Else" option when asked how you want to install Peppermint.  You just have to apply the mount points to the partitions when asked and install grub to the MBR, (most cases this will be sda).  I hope this help.  Have fun  ;)!!
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Re: Using GParted to make a simple partition table.
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2014, 05:20:50 pm »
Nicely done!   :)
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Re: Using GParted to make a simple partition table.
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2014, 12:31:03 am »
This is excellent, AndyInMokum -- the best explanation I've ever seen.  Thank you for this.

Now, after looking your thorough example, I went to look at the configuration I have with my instillation of Peppermint 4 on my Hitachi External 320 GB Hard Disk.

Now Ubuntu 12.04 LTS partitioned this disk that had previously had Windows 8 on it.

Here's what I have:

Partition 1:  307 GB Ext. 4  -- Mounted at File System Root

Extended Partition 2:  13 GB

Swap Partition 5:  13 GB

Now that is not a typo, is says Partition 5 for my Swap Partition, and Peppermint appears to be mounted on my Partition 1.

The configuration is different than yours, but I still have 3 partitions (I don't know where the number 5 came from.) , and Ubuntu did this automatically for me, and then, later, I replaced Ubuntu with Peppermint 4.

What do you think? Is this configuration okay too?  It is different than yours, and yours makes more sense to me.  That being said, Peppermint 4 seems to be working just fine for me, or do think I should try to reconfigure it? 

Remember, my configuration was done automatically for me by Ubuntu when I replaced Windows 8 with Ubuntu 12.04, and then 12.04 with Peppermint 4.

Thank you,

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« Last Edit: May 17, 2014, 03:41:08 pm by perknh »
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Re: Using GParted to make a simple partition table.
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2014, 03:47:39 am »
Hi perknh, thank you.  I am just trying to disperse the "clouds of mystery" surrounding GParted.  As you can see it is a powerful and effective tool.  It is really easy to use too.  To answer your question.  I'm presuming that because you chose to auto install, Peppermint OS Four was installed to "Partition 1 307 GB Ext. 4  -- Mounted at File System Root" This includes your home folder.  I'm not too sure why there is an 13GB extended partition.  I am hazarding a guess that there are two logical partition in that extension.  I'll try to put together some info about Extended Partitions and Logical Partitions.  This is where GParted becomes really uber cool. 

As for your set up, it looks fine.  This is the way the Ubiquity Installer works when you allow it to do the work for you.  As they say, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".  Also seeing Pep5 is just around the corner, I'd hang on.  Kendal has said that they are going to come up with instructions to simplify the transition from earlier Peps.  I guess this will include copying your /home folder with all of your personal data etc.  He has said it is going to be a relatively painless task.  I would highly suggest that you have a separate /home partition for future installations.   If for nothing else, it makes management in the future and distro upgrades much easier for the user.   It now back to trimming the climbing dog roses in the garden.  That's like fighting a tiger.  I need a kevlar suit  ;D!!  Have a great weekend  :).
« Last Edit: May 17, 2014, 05:57:19 am by AndyInMokum »
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Re: Using GParted to make a simple partition table.
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2014, 12:57:59 pm »
We should start a "Show Us Your GParted" thread -- like a "Show Us Your Desktop" thread, except showing your partitions.   :D

A picture is worth 1000 words, and all that sort of stuff...

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Re: Using GParted to make a simple partition table.
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2014, 01:15:34 pm »
Not a bad idea but, inevitably, someone will come along and say....

"Gparted is for sissies.  Real men use mkfs."



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Re: Using GParted to make a simple partition table.
« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2014, 01:26:00 pm »
Not a bad idea but, inevitably, someone will come along and say....

"Gparted is for sissies.  Real men use mkfs."



(Sorry, should't laugh at my own jokes, I guess)  :D

For sure, there's always one  :D.
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Re: Using GParted to make a simple partition table.
« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2014, 01:37:01 pm »
Heh!

Really, at some core level, I don't see a lot of difference between manipulating a graphic (such as a wall) using GiMP, and configuring your partitions using GParted Partition Editor.

They're both professional design tools and, accordingly,  require a little knowledge and creativity to use properly.

If you'll pardon the reductio ad absurdum, I suppose you could 'finger paint' your automobile, but a spray gun will produce better results, you know?   :D

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Re: Using GParted to make a simple partition table.
« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2014, 01:56:14 pm »
Oh, I don't know about that.....finger painting works pretty well on automobiles.  Let's you "feel" your work.   ;D

Gparted doesn't do a better job than mkfs at formatting.....just a different approach.  Therefore, the  reductio ad absurdum doesn't really apply (pardon the pun).   ???

It's like Capt'n Guss said, "A man who does like to rent pigs, he's hard to stop."   :D

RE: Finger Painting Automobiles.........Don't you remember the 60s?   ::)
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Re: Using GParted to make a simple partition table.
« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2014, 02:41:16 pm »
RE: Finger Painting Automobiles.........Don't you remember the 60s?   ::)

Actually, I'm trying to forget them...  LoL!  8)

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Re: Using GParted to make a simple partition table.
« Reply #10 on: May 17, 2014, 03:02:36 pm »
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Re: Using GParted to make a simple partition table.
« Reply #11 on: May 17, 2014, 04:05:00 pm »
Wow, this went from setting up a HDD to "Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds" in a few short posts.  Isn't Linux marvellous!!  :P
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Re: Using GParted to make a simple partition table.
« Reply #12 on: May 17, 2014, 04:07:53 pm »
Wow!  I think I'm just going to follow AndyInMokum's advice, leave my external hard drive alone, and wait for Peppermint 5 to appear on the scene.  At least my hard drive is working.

By the way, AndyInMokum, I did have a typo in my previous post.  It's 13 GBs for swap, and 13 GBs, not 3, for the extended partition -- whatever that does. 

If you think about it for a moment though, the numbers do not add up.  I have 320 GB hard drive.  Partition 1 takes up 307 GBs of hard drive space, swap takes up 13 GBs, and the extended takes up another 13 GBs too, so it says.  But those two boxes are stacked on top of each other.  Therefore, in reality, swap and the extended partition both take up 13 GBs together. 

I do know this computer does have the ability to hibernate, so maybe that's why it is configured the way it is.  Only Ubuntu knows!
 
Oh, by the way, AndyInMokum, did you by chance today get the feeling that Peppermint Nation might be getting just a wee bit restless?

Me too.   ;D

And I will take this as a good sign.

Also, no shame in your game;  this thread took off!

Thank you,

perknh
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Re: Using GParted to make a simple partition table.
« Reply #13 on: May 17, 2014, 04:33:57 pm »

Oh, by the way, AndyInMokum, did you by chance today get the feeling that Peppermint Nation might be getting just a wee bit restless?

Me too.   ;D

Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon and Mate came out yesterday morning...  I'm waiting patiently like everyone else is I guess...  should not be long now....  ;)
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Re: Using GParted to make a simple partition table.
« Reply #14 on: May 17, 2014, 05:08:03 pm »
Wow, this went from setting up a HDD to "Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds" in a few short posts.  Isn't Linux marvellous!!  :P.

LoL!  Sorry, Andy.   >:(

I just installed Ubu Unicorn (yes, I'm a little behind the curve). 

Here's how I typically setup my partitions...




Take it for what it's worth. 

I generally run small drives (equally divided) and keep a stable backup OS, for emergencies.

Also, I run separate swap partitions.  I got used to doing that when I was multi-booting Linux and Open Solaris. 

For some reason, Ubu and Solaris didn't like to share the same swap partition... but I digress again   8)