I have a dual boot of Windows 8 and Linux Mint 14. I want to remove the windows partitions and format them to ext4.
sudo fdisk -lu
gives me this..
Disk /dev/sda: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders, total 625142448 sectors Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes Disk identifier: 0xa1fadbd9 Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sda1 * 2048 411647 204800 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT /dev/sda2 411648 530764799 265176576 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT /dev/sda3 530767870 594198527 31715329 f W95 Ext'd (LBA) /dev/sda4 594199552 625142447 15471448 12 Compaq diagnostics /dev/sda5 530767872 534962175 2097152 82 Linux swap / Solaris /dev/sda6 534964224 594198527 29617152 83 Linux
What I want to do is delete
/dev/sda2 partitions, and create 2 new ext4 partitions with the arising unallocated space. I can do this using gparted.
Now, here are my questions -
/dev/sda1has the boot flag set, would it be a problem if I delete /dev/sda1 partition to boot linux afterwards. Does Linux need the boot flag to be set?
- Will I need the
/dev/sda4partition after completely removing Windows partitions? Can I delete
/dev/sda4and use it too?
- I have backed up the files I need from the Windows partitions. I do not plan to touch the existing Linux partitions, Is there still any risk involved?