• Install on MBR


    Hello!

    I need to install Antergos and I’m totally a newbie into Linux world.

    I have Windows 7 x64 in Legacy mode and I need to install Antergos alongside with it.

    My question : during partitionning, should I create a boot partition or Antergos will create it automatically?

    Help me please!

  • if you will create dualbooting and Antergos should stay on the same HD as Windows, you will create all partitions manual inside installer…

    and welcome here!

    do this

    And then you need to create basicly one root partition / what is including /boot then and you are free to create a extra partition for /boot but it is not needed (that one will be mounted under / then)
    It is common to have a swap partition also with the size of the amount of RAM installed…

    And depending on your hardware you will need to free up space before starting installer to create this partitions for Antergos…

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  • @joekamprad Thanks for your fast answer!

    Yes, I will create dualbooting and Antergos will be indeed on the same HD as Windows.

    So, if I understand correctly, what I should have :
    /
    /swap
    /home
    that’s all ?

    And how to mount /boot under / if I don’t create it?

    I’m asking these questions because I’m afraid of breaking my Windows which contains all my files. 😞

  • home and also boot will be created under / automaticly, as directories.

    If you want to have boot or home on extra partition they will be mounted automatic under /

    In both cases they will be folders (directories) inside the root filesystem tree…

    Take care to do not erase or format your Windows partition (ntfs) and create free space by shrinking the Windows drive beforehand the installation !

    You can use gparted inside the live ISO of Antergos (instraller ISO):
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    This is one of my legacy Dualboot installs, you can see sdc1 as a system reserved (ntfs-500MIB) Windows installation on sdc2 (ntfs-88.85GB) and another Windows recovery partition as sdc3 (ntfs-875MIB)
    Thats the Windows installation, then i create one extended partition (legacy limitation is 3 primary partitions + one extended) )what holds my 2 Antergos partitions: sdc5 (ext4-50GB) is system root / and linux swap sdc6 (swap-8,59GB)

    On legacy BIOS you will install Antergos grub (bootmanager) code into the MBR of the disk what will have boot entries for Antergos and Windows then.

    And if something went wropng it is mostly that bootloader is not detzecting your windows install, so you can only boot into Antergos, but this can be fixed easy be using this command inside new Antergos install:

    grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg
    

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  • @joekamprad Thank you very much! It’s very clear now!

    Last question (sorry to be asshole) :
    @joekamprad said in Install on MBR:

    On legacy BIOS you will install Antergos grub (bootmanager) code into the MBR of the disk what will have boot entries for Antergos and Windows then.

    just to be sure-- does it mean I must check “Use the device below for boot loader installation”, then select Grub2 as bootloader and /dev/sda as Device?

  • sry for late reply… it was sleeping time here in Germany 😉

    “Use the device below for boot loader installation”, then select Grub2 as bootloader and /dev/sda as Device

    this is choosen by defaulzt as far as i know, and right you need to use grub on legacy devioces and if you only have one HD installed /dev/sda is the right (one and only) device 😉

    [updates once a week] = [90% less problems]
    antergos:_rescue
    how to add system logs:
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  • @melchyore

    For safety’s sake, please make (in Windows) a good backup of all your personal data before making anything else! It is so easy to make serious errors e.g. in partitioning.

    Another thing that probably is wise to do: create a Windows recovery disk (in Windows) right after making the backup mentioned above. That helps you recover Windows booting (MBR) if something goes wrong.

    Please report issues including all details! ;-)
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  • Even the swap partition is not strictly necessary, as you can use a swap file.
    https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Swap#Swap_file

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  • No backup means you do not have a parachute 🛩

    [updates once a week] = [90% less problems]
    antergos:_rescue
    how to add system logs:
    wget http://bit.ly/2GCG9k2 && sh 2GCG9k2
    :handshake: donate antergos

  • So as a minimum for Antergos, you need to have only the root partition, marked as “/”.
    Anything else is just optimizing and depends on your system.

    Please report issues including all details! ;-)
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  • @melchyore said in Install on MBR:

    Last question (sorry to be asshole) :

    we do not know stupid questions here … You say prior that you are a newbie and thats totally fine, you need to start somehow, and if you like what you get you will stay and learn …

    [updates once a week] = [90% less problems]
    antergos:_rescue
    how to add system logs:
    wget http://bit.ly/2GCG9k2 && sh 2GCG9k2
    :handshake: donate antergos

  • @joekamprad said in Install on MBR:

    sry for late reply… it was sleeping time here in Germany 😉

    No problem, you already helped me a lot!

    “Use the device below for boot loader installation”, then select Grub2 as bootloader and /dev/sda as Device
    this is choosen by defaulzt as far as i know, and right you need to use grub on legacy devioces and if you only have one HD installed /dev/sda is the right (one and only) device 😉

    Thanks for this precision!

    @manuel said in Install on MBR:

    For safety’s sake, please make (in Windows) a good backup of all your personal data before making anything else! It is so easy to make serious errors e.g. in partitioning.
    Another thing that probably is wise to do: create a Windows recovery disk (in Windows) right after making the backup mentioned above. That helps you recover Windows booting (MBR) if something goes wrong.

    Yes, that’s what I will do, thanks!

    Even the swap partition is not strictly necessary, as you can use a swap file.
    https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Swap#Swap_file

    I will check that!

    @joekamprad said in Install on MBR:

    No backup means you do not have a parachute 🛩

    I think I will also need a buoy 😂 😂

    So as a minimum for Antergos, you need to have only the root partition, marked as “/”.
    Anything else is just optimizing and depends on your system.

    Yes, I’ve read a lot of tutorials about that.

    we do not know stupid questions here … You say prior that you are a newbie and thats totally fine, you need to start somehow, and if you like what you get you will stay and learn …

    I know but I asked a lot of questions… x)

    I will try a full installation following all your advices ( @joekamprad @manuel ), thanks for your help!

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