Installing Linux Mint - Page 2

Partitioning & Users

If you have read and followed my other articles up until now, you will find the partitioning to be a very simple and painless procedure: We will setup three partitions - swap, root (/), home (/home). We will do it manually.

Linux Mint partitioning prepare disk

Since the hard disk is empty, we will first create a partition table. If your system already contains partitions and might have other operation systems installed, you will not have to do this step. Furthermore, you should carefully examine the layout of the partitions and choose accordingly.

To understand the hard disk notation in Linux, please refer to my Installing SUSE Linux - Full tutorial. For more information on partitioning with other operating systems present, for instance, Windows and Linux, please refer to Dual booting - Windows & Linux - Full tutorial.

Click on the listed device (in our case,the single SATA drive, /dev/sda). Next, click on New Partition Table.

Linux Mint partitioning create partition table

If your hard disk is empty, you can ignore the warning. If you have partitions and data that you do not wish to remove, you should not proceed. Instead, use existing partitions to setup your system. Nevertheless, no change will be permanent until you complete the partitioning process.

Linux Mint partitioning table warning

Click Continue to proceed. Once the Partition table is created, you will have the free space available to create the partitions.

Linux Mint partitioning table created

Click on the free space and choose New Partition. We will repeat the process three times, creating the swap, root (/) and home (/home).

Linux Mint partitioning new partition

Linux Mint partitioning swap

Linux Mint partitioning root

Linux Mint partitioning swap

Once you are done, click Forward to proceed.

Linux Mint partitioning ready

Next, you will have to setup the user. Choose a strong password.

Linux Mint user

That's it. Review your choices before you click Install. Under Advanced, you can configure the bootloader. For more information, you might want to read yet another one of my articles: GRUB bootloader - Full tutorial.

Linux Mint ready to install

The distro will now install. It should take only about 5-10 minutes.

Linux Mint installing


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