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Partitioning question

#1 Post by Dieselrider » Thu Jun 19, 2014 11:08 am

Using KDE partitioning tool in Mepis 11, it is asking if I want the new partition table to be Ms-Dos or GPT.What is the difference and why one over the other? The old drive that I want to clone in ms Dos. Was done in G-parted if I remember correctly. Does it make a difference?

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Re: Partitioning question

#2 Post by joany » Thu Jun 19, 2014 11:27 am

Which "KDE partitioning tool" are you using? I'm not an expert in these matters, but I believe the answer to the question it's asking depends on whether your computer has a legacy BIOS or UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) setup. This article may shed some light: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GUID_Partition_Table
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Re: Partitioning question

#3 Post by Dieselrider » Thu Jun 19, 2014 11:37 am

joany wrote:Which "KDE partitioning tool" are you using? I'm not an expert in these matters, but I believe the answer to the question it's asking depends on whether your computer has a legacy BIOS or UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) setup. This article may shed some light: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GUID_Partition_Table
KDE partition Manager in M11.

Thanks for the link. Most of that is over my head but, I will continue reading there to see what I can find.

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Re: Partitioning question

#4 Post by uncle mark » Thu Jun 19, 2014 11:56 am

Dieselrider wrote:Using KDE partitioning tool in Mepis 11, it is asking if I want the new partition table to be Ms-Dos or GPT.What is the difference and why one over the other? The old drive that I want to clone in ms Dos. Was done in G-parted if I remember correctly. Does it make a difference?
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Re: Partitioning question

#5 Post by kmathern » Thu Jun 19, 2014 11:58 am

If Dieselrider's pc is a pre Windows 8 machine it probably has a legacy BIOS.

All Win 8 machines use UEFI because it's needed for Secure boot. And I'm also pretty sure all Win 8 machines use GPT partitioning.

If Dieselrider plans on using it with MX14 I would use a MS-DOS partition table, because I think the MX14 installer might not work correctly with a GPT partitioned disk. I know on my Win 8 machine (with a GPT partitioned drive) that the partition types are mis-identified in the dropdown selectors. All partitions are identified as "Linux" type partitions.

This is the MX14 installer's dropdown for selecting the root partition
minstallrootdropdownGPTdisk.png
And this is the MX14 installer's dropdown for selecting the home partition
minstallhomedropdownGPTdisk-1.png
And these are what they actually are (/dev/sda3 isn't listed, it's a 128MB "Microsoft reserved partition")

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/dev/sda1: LABEL="Recovery" UUID="B46E0CE06E0C9D6C" TYPE="ntfs" 
/dev/sda2: LABEL="ESP" UUID="880F-4F9A" TYPE="vfat" 
/dev/sda4: LABEL="Gateway" UUID="682EA9182EA8DFF4" TYPE="ntfs" 
/dev/sda5: LABEL="Push Button Reset" UUID="F60212EA0212AF9B" TYPE="ntfs"
/dev/sda6: LABEL="SWAP" UUID="85971ea1-8665-484a-be55-46e80f9b5440" TYPE="swap"  
/dev/sda7: LABEL="Frugal" UUID="e6870e1d-9e1b-4d59-a8fb-178d183a6011" TYPE="ext4"
/dev/sda8: LABEL="MX14" UUID="51c65029-581a-40cd-90b6-fbc341b970f2" TYPE="ext4" 
/dev/sda9: LABEL="Xubuntu" UUID="b676e12b-33b3-42dc-bda6-61b951c49074" TYPE="ext4"

edit: I suspect that the M11 & M12 installers might also have some problems with a GPT partitioned disk.
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Re: Partitioning question

#6 Post by Dieselrider » Thu Jun 19, 2014 12:11 pm

Thanks guys. I did partition it ms-dos as the old drive was that way. I am thinking that it worked before that way. Just confused as this is the first I saw that.

Running clonezilla now on that box and hopefully I'll get it right.

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