Sunday, August 21, 2016

Drive partitioning when using more OS on 1 computer

Back again with some more tips and information for those who are interested in using new OS like the ones I have mentioned in my previous blogs.

I have tried many distros (distributions or "flavors") in the past few weeks due to the WIN 10 free upgrade that required computer to have WIN 7 or WIN 8. Decided that for me would be expensive to upgrade first to the earlier versions then missed the free WIN 10 cut off time. Decided I wanted something new, and give me a good learning experience with different operating systems.
I mentioned the Xubuntu by Ubuntu (Linux) "flavor" that I have installed on one of my netbooks not before I have tried from the USB, and then installed along the old WIN XP OS. 
I dropped Lubuntu and Zorin due to looks, feel. Lubuntu to simplistic and Zorin OS 9 and OS 11 for crashing on me. 
I decided to reinstall Xubuntu over WIN XP, and all work fine now. 
I wanted to keep WIN 10 on this notebook, but also wanted to add Elementary on it.
Went online to research how to achieve a new clean partition over the segmented ones for the Linux installs. Found a few programs and step by step instructions, mostly for WIN environment and complicated. Also these required to backup everything, clean formatting of drive (s) then reinstall both WIN and new OS and restore all the backups......
BUT for those people who do not want to process complicated steps and not computer "geeks" here is an easy way to partition or create new partitions for Linux OS.
I will prepare a little video about customizing and the looks of this new OS in my next blog.

Meanwhile I tried along side XP and Xubuntu the following: Lubuntu; Zorin; Elementary (note all installs I have downloaded for an old computer for 32 bit system 1 GB ram and old drivers that were not working in the newer WIN versions.)

Because of crash, I could not uninstall the old fashion way, and WIN OS does not see partitions added by Linux OS.......

Elementary (Freya) OS I installed on a same older notebook (32bit 1GB ram old drivers) however this notebook had received the upgrade for WIN 10 free (little sluggish with the OS) had previously WIN 7 on it.

So after many back and forth installs, I was about to give up on WIN 10 (and just install this new OS) due to the drive was partitioned so many times, it was hard to tell where to install and was very limited resource on HD. by  

I then proceeded to install the next OS I liked from the list of possibilities called Elementary (Frreya) which is a simple but beautiful system, easy to customize and has out of box all the programs that are needed for a novice user.

Let me know if you have questions or need some instructions on installing.

Thank you