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Dual Booting Linux Mint with Vista?


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#1 auto1571

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Posted 21 September 2014 - 01:10 PM

Hi guy I am just at the stage of dual booting Linux Mint 17 Mate 64 bit on another computer which is currently running Windows Vista HP. Right now on this computers screen it shows this:
 

select drive: SCSI 1 (sda) - 160.0 GB ATA SAMSUNG HD161HJ


Allocate drive space by dragging the divider below:

Windows Vista                                       Linux....
/dev/sda1 (ntfs)                                       /dev/sd....
139.4 GB                                                 8.6......

1 smaller partition is hidden, use the advance partitioning tool for more control

 

I did click the option to use alongside Vista before this message came up.

 

So is this safe to just click install now?

Thanks.

 



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Posted 21 September 2014 - 01:23 PM

Hi,

Is this a laptop? I would be wary about installing a dual-boot on a drive with a ''hidden partition,'' and would not go ahead with it until someone who knows what they are talking about says it's ok to do.

From what I have discovered regarding my laptop which used to run XP (and now runs Kubuntu 12.04.4), trying to install a dual boot-system with XP as one of the systems, would have resulted in not being able to boot into XP.

But I'm happy to say that deleting XP and installing Kubuntu (with Linux Puppy as a dual-boot), was the best thing that I ever did with this laptop. :)

Edited by Al1000, 21 September 2014 - 01:26 PM.


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Posted 21 September 2014 - 01:37 PM

No, this is a desktop computer. It's a family one that's not been used for a while. My own computer is Windows 7.



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Posted 21 September 2014 - 03:54 PM

 

1 smaller partition is hidden, use the advance partitioning tool for more control

Is this the recovery partition?



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Posted 21 September 2014 - 04:03 PM

 

 

1 smaller partition is hidden, use the advance partitioning tool for more control

Is this the recovery partition?

 

 

 

I am not sure. By the way shouldn't the "Use along side Vista" option automatically create a partition for Linux?



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Posted 21 September 2014 - 04:19 PM

Yes it should...

BACK UP YOUR WINDOWS FIRST.

 

Heres a guide on how to do it. Also did you know you can install Linux to a USB stick/drive?

https://sites.google.com/site/easylinuxtipsproject/mint-install



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Posted 21 September 2014 - 04:40 PM

Yes it should...

BACK UP YOUR WINDOWS FIRST.

 

Heres a guide on how to do it. Also did you know you can install Linux to a USB stick/drive?

https://sites.google.com/site/easylinuxtipsproject/mint-install

I did not know that and thanks for the info. Now currently looking at the site. Thanks.






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