• Install without formatting hard drive.


    I’m an Arch user, I tried to install Antergos, so I deleted all arch system files on my ext4 partition and set it as the Antergo’s root partition, but setup wont let me to continue, it says that the partitions shoud be formatted. Is there any way to install the system without formatting ??? Help me, I don’t want to format my hard drive again.

  • I’m an Arch user, I tried to install Antergos, so I deleted all arch system files on my ext4 partition and set it as the Antergo’s root partition, but setup wont let me to continue, it says that the partitions shoud be formatted. Is there any way to install the system without formatting ??? Help me, I don’t want to format my hard drive again.

  • Hi,

    The partition being used for your system files ( mounted at / ) should always be formatted before performing another installation Its even more important if you are installing a different distribution than you had before. What is your current partition layout? Do you have your /home and /boot on their own partitions? If so you do not have to format those, only the root must be formatted. If they are not currently on separate partitions, you could use gparted to change your partition layout and copy the files from /home to the new partition. After that you just have to restart cnchi from the GNOME menu and select “Choose where to install Antergos” That will allow you to select the partitions you created and assign the mount points. Hope this helps. Please let me know if you run into any trouble.

    Best Regards,

  • thank you very much for replying.
    my current layout is, 4gb -> swap 40gb, ext4 -> root, I didn’t use seperate partitions for home and boot. I’ve installed many
    other distro without formatting, only deleting old system files in the root partition. but Antergos wont let me install it without formatting current drives.

  • The installer does allow for what you want to do. To make things a little easier, I recommend that you use GParted (included on the live cd) to create the parition(s) you need for Antergos out of your existing setup. All that is required to install Antergos is a / “root” partition but you can of course create swap, home, & boot as you prefer. Once you have your partition layout to your liking, simply relaunch the installer and select “Choose where to install Antergos”. On that screen you will be able to select each of the partitions you created and set mount points for them and finally complete your installation

    Here are a couple links that should be useful:
    [https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/partitioning][0]">[https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/partitioning][1]
    [http://ubuntuguide.org/wiki/Manipulating_Partitions#Use_GParted_to_manage_partitions][0]">[http://ubuntuguide.org/wiki/Manipulatin][2] … partitions

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    [1]: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/partitioning
    [2]: http://ubuntuguide.org/wiki/Manipulatin

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