Solved partition for linux mint

Acer / Extensa 2600
June 27, 2012 at 05:26:27
Specs: linux mint, 1Ghz 128mb
what kind of partition is best for linuxmint?

can i use ntfs or do i need exFat?

apreciate your advice,


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June 27, 2012 at 11:12:38
I'm no Linux expert, but both of those choices you specified are proprietary and owned by Microsoft. So the short answer is neither. Ext3 should be a choice and would probably be the best one.

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June 27, 2012 at 11:47:28
A partition is a portion of a hard drive. A file system is then used on a partition to be able to use it with an OS.

Mint has two ways to install it. One of them is a wubi install and that would use ntfs or exfat.
I would use ntfs for wubi installs myself. I doubt you'd find a vast difference and I haven't looked into it but booting to a wubi in exfat may not work yet. Well I guess it could be done but see ubuntu page on wubi. I think it says ntfs.

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June 27, 2012 at 19:24:16
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I have done both clean installs & WUBI installs of Mint. A clean installs requires the partition(s) be formatted using Linux file systems such as ext3, ext4, Reiser4, etc.

WUBI is used to install Mint (& other Ubuntu based versions) within Windows as a "program". It doesn't need it's own partition, it gets installed into it's own folder, just like any other program. And it can be uninstalled by using Add/Remove, just like any other program. I believe it can be installed to another partition though, but since it's from Windows, the partition should be NTFS.

But if those are your current specs - 1Ghz 128mb - you shouldn't even be attempting to run Mint.

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June 28, 2012 at 00:34:01
Thank you,
for your advices.
I will try to format with ext3 and then get a small distribution.

Obviously lmint is to sofisticated for my machine.


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June 28, 2012 at 06:12:55
You didn't really say if these are your current specs or not? 1Ghz 128mb. I'm guessing that they are. You need more RAM to be able to run just about any OS available unless you install an older one such as Win98/ME or possibly Win2000. There are several Linux distros that should work, but no matter what you install, you won't get great performance with just 128MB RAM.

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June 28, 2012 at 07:54:05
You don't format it before you install it. You let the install program select that choice.

riider is correct that you can't run Mint with only 128M. There are only a very few that could run with that amount.

Hang up and live.

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June 28, 2012 at 14:31:32
Puppy Linux 528 Lucid will "run" with those specifications:

Googling is quicker than waiting for an answer....

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