mralias518, you can install GParted from the Software Manager, which will allow you to format additional partitions.
Am interested in Timeshift myself.
One thing I have noticed is the update to 17.1 is not the same as a fresh install from 17.1.
True, the fresh install seems better, and always has been. It's just that the Mint devs made this as painless as possible, and unlike going from Windows 8 to 8.1 (really a service pack), the difference is like day compared to darkness. Linux Mint 17 upgraded to 17.1 in 10 minutes on my computers, but still. an upgrade is an upgrade, and the outcome won't be perfect for everyone.
Clean install of the root partition is always preferred, and one can keep their /home & Swap partitions intact.
Hi Cat: GParted would not allow me to change partition size in a partition that is already in use by Linux. (was not thinking ahead when I did the install) I had to make a bootable GParted USB, which is shown on their website and that went just fine. As far as the upgrade, don't get me wrong, I like the upgrade they way it has been done as it is very quick and easy. It actually worked better for my purpose as I wanted Docky and other theme changes which I could not get to work in a direct install to 17.1 as some of the selections were not available or different or I could not figure it out in the direct install to 17.1. In the upgrade they were, mostly in the Themes area. I wanted to load different windows borders, Icons, Controls, mouse pointers and Desktop. In 17.1 direct install, they were not all available that I could find. I also made timeshift snapshots all they way through the upgrade process in case something happened that I did not like. I wanted to try to duplicate this desk top as I like the looks of it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2QomtHUGUQ
Timeshift is great. I was thinking about a different post on how to take one of the snapshots and turn it into a Live USB. I posted that on the owners website and was hoping for a response. The file structure looks just like an extracted ISO image which looks bootable. I tried making it into an ISO but got many errors, mostly read errors. This was from root in case anyone was wondering. Anyways, I digress.
All in all any of this stuff for me is just for fun and a hobby at best. Still trying to learn Linux OS as I only started with it two weeks ago. I sure don't miss windows and glad I joined the dark side.
I just noticed you have docky, This problem start after you installed it?
Great question and the answer is...wait for it.... I don't know. I thought about the same thing after I had already done a fresh install of LM 17. However, I have re-installed the docky and all the bells and whistles and I don't have the same issue. I installed LM17, did all the docky upgrades, got my desktop the way I wanted it and then did the 17.1 upgrade. It's unknown at this point if you install 17.1 direct and then install docky and related changes, if I would have the same issue. I'm sure I installed something in the process that corrupted something, but what? I have no idea.