I don't know much about computers, but I have Linux Mint installed on a laptop and it has a HDD and I would like to swap it to an SSD.
A) How do I install the Linux system without an operating system, as I installed Mint after Windows was running it from USB?
B) Can I just keep the USB plugged in, or get a new ISO bootable?
C) Will it run the USB as sda and cause a problem for me?
D) Also, when installing the Linux system, I currently have 8 GB ram, but seemingly have a 2 GB swap on the ram, and not the HDD?
E) Is this normal for a laptop as my usable RAM is 6.8 GB?
F) It has a 512 MB windows FAT32 partition?
G) I installed a correctly aligned desktop installation, but am not sure with a "fresh" install on a laptop. Is there a different file partitions setup compared to desktop? Or is something wrong with having the win-fat32 partition? (boot/efi file I think).
Sorry but no pictures are available, as screenshot is not functioning as I have deleted something and don't know how to repair it.
Any help with the Linux transfer is much appreciated, Thanks.
H) Online sites say I should create double the ram swap space?
I am currently trying to render images, and am wondering why the ram is not listed as 8 GB. The 2 GB swap is activated only if 2 GB of RAM is in use. Don't know why or how etc, as it was an auto-installation from USB. I have the old Mint 19.2 USB and am not worried about loss of data, as I have an external HDD copy of most things anyway.
I) Can I just plug in the USB, remove the HDD, insert the SSD and turn on to install from USB, or will it need files from the active OS?
J) Is there a particular reason why the video card needs to run off the main ram as a swap, and why would it activate at 2 GB and not always. It seems a video card is always active so it should not wait until 2 GB? So this would not be the case would it?
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This is the RAM data grouped into simple text:
total used free shared buff/cache available Mem: 6914 1846 248 94 4819 4690 Swap: 2047 17 2030 Error Correction Type: None Maximum Capacity: 8GB Size: 8192 MB memory: 2.2gib (33%) of 6.8gib swap: 18.6mib (0.9% used) of 2gib
K) Is this a normal setup or should the swap be removed to double ram value on HDD/SSD?