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smcmahon318 smcmahon318 is offline
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Question want to change Linux OS, keep Dell partition - 07-09-2009, 03:27 PM

Greetings.

I recently downloaded Ubuntu 9.04 Netbook Remix. I put it on a flash drive and ran it, and I really like it. I want to replace my Dell-installed Ubuntu 8.04 install with this.

When I chose "Install to hard drive" in UNR, I walked through it until a partition screen. I'm not sure what to do here. It looks like, if I simply replace 8.04 with UNR, that would cause the 32MB Dell partition to be destroyed.

I was too confused with Linux partitioning to try to do it myself.

Looking for suggestions on what to do next. Thank you!
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Default 07-09-2009, 05:49 PM

Hi and welcome to the forums!

First option, you can simply click OK and destroy the 32mb Dell partition, let Ubuntu 9.04 use the whole drive.

Second option, if you want to keep that 32mb partition, is to choose "manual" partitioning and install 9.04 on your existing 8.04 partition. The correct options would be: use as ext4 (this is debatable), mount as /, yes format the partition.

Great tutorials (with screenshots) here: Ubuntu on the Dell Mini 9: Screenshot Tour: Installing Ubuntu 9.04 on the Dell Mini 9

(note: that tutorial has a step for a separate /home partition, but this is strictly optional)
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Default 07-09-2009, 08:33 PM

Using ext4 I have seen some significant speed increases (it feels about 10% to 20% faster). It is a journaling file system which means it does a lot of writes which may be dangerous to an SSD but perfectly safe with a standard spinning HDD.

That being said I haven't run into any issues on my 4GB SSD in my Mini 9 and have been using 9.04 with ext4 on it for several months.


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Default 07-10-2009, 07:29 AM

I too have 9.04 installed on an ext4 partition ever since I first got my Mini 9 and it has been rock solid (not a single crash or even a hiccough for that matter).


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Smile 07-10-2009, 03:44 PM

Thank you all. I was able to get it installed this morning without much trouble. I did the custom/user-defined partitions. I removed the original 8.04 partition, then created two new ones: 4GB for swap ("twice your RAM") and then the remainder of the drive for " / ". I left the 32MB Dell partition ahead of those, just in case. It's working very well, as far as I can tell. Thanks again everyone.
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Default 07-11-2009, 03:19 PM

Swap is actually not recomended on SSDs but is needed if you want to use hibernate. I think the usual rule is 1.5 times RAM. If you wanted to keep your original 8.04 why didn't you resize it down and use the rest for 9.04. It sounds like you deleted your 8.04 to me.
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