The second partition will be mounted at /. The file system type is ext4. Other journaling file systems available are xfs, jfs, reiserfs, and btrfs. For this tutorial, a size of 10 GB is allocated to this partition. For guidance on how much space to allocate, a new installation of Linux Mint 10 takes up about 4.5 GB of disk space. OK.
Our third partition will be used for swap space. 2 GB should be enough. More if you can afford to. OK.
The last partition will be mounted at /home. All available space will be allocated to it. If you intend to create more partitions, you may use only a portion of this available space. OK.
By default the installer will attempt to install GRUB in the Master Boot Record of the hard disk. This will work, but it is not the recommended location for GRUB in a dual-boot system on a computer with one hard disk. For reasons stated earlier, the recommended location is the boot partition of the Linux Mint 10 installation.
In the “Boot loader” section, select the entry corresponding to the boot partition of Linux Mint 10. If you followed all the steps in this guide, this should be /dev/sda5. Click Install Now to continue with the rest of the installation.
After installation has completed, the computer will reboot into Windows 7. The task then is to add an entry for Linux Mint 10 KDE in the Windows boot menu. The easiest method of doing that is to download and install EasyBCD, a free application by NeoSmart Technologies. After installing EasyBCD, launch it.
Click on the Add New Entry tab, then on the LinuxBSD tab. Linux Mint 10 uses GRUB 2 as the boot loader, so select “GRUB 2″ from the Type menu. Click “Add Entry,” then click on the Edit Boot Menu tab.
Unless you make changes here, Windows 7 will be the default. You probably want to make Linux Mint 10 the default. Close EasyBCD and reboot.
After selecting Linux Mint 10 KDE from the Windows boot menu, you will still have access to the GRUB menu. You may now boot into Linux Mint 10 KDE, or select the Windows 7 option to boot into Windows 7.
I hope this guide has been helpful. If you need further assistance, feel free to ask for help at the forum. It is a better environment for discussing and resolving issues than the commenting system. Thank you.
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