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#1 2024-01-17 20:14:32

558 jakobsson
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Registered: 2010-01-19
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[Solved] Fed up with Win10 in dual boot, delete it and then?

The time has come to get rid of Windows who resides on sda. Arch Linux is on sdb. The sdb6 is a Fat32 formatted storage partition accessible from both systems./

My plan is simple, just format sda to something else. For storage.

But after that?  I have refind as boot manager. Can I just keep refind as is or what? The auto detection just finds Arch and everything is OK?

[leif@Krasaki ~]$ sudo fdisk -l
Disk /dev/sda: 238.47 GiB, 256060514304 bytes, 500118192 sectors
Disk model: LITEONIT LCS-256
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disklabel type: gpt
Disk identifier: 566427F5-78E8-45A4-8654-B880039FAC11

Device         Start       End   Sectors   Size Type
/dev/sda1       2048   1085439   1083392   529M Windows recovery environment
/dev/sda2    1085440   1290239    204800   100M EFI System
/dev/sda3    1290240   1323007     32768    16M Microsoft reserved
/dev/sda4    1323008 499298303 497975296 237.5G Microsoft basic data
/dev/sda5  499298304 500117503    819200   400M EFI System


Disk /dev/sdb: 1.82 TiB, 2000398934016 bytes, 3907029168 sectors
Disk model: WDC WD2003FZEX-0
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
Disklabel type: gpt
Disk identifier: 8D502278-1C29-11EE-B375-A1B90B06054F

Device          Start        End    Sectors   Size Type
/dev/sdb1        2048    1230847    1228800   600M EFI System
/dev/sdb2     1230848   85116927   83886080    40G Linux filesystem
/dev/sdb3    85116928  976406527  891289600   425G Linux filesystem
/dev/sdb4   976406528 1867696127  891289600   425G Linux filesystem
/dev/sdb5  1867696128 1867726847      30720    15M Linux swap
/dev/sdb6  1867726848 2977107967 1109381120   529G Microsoft basic data
/dev/sdb7  2977107968 3907028991  929921024 443.4G Linux filesystem

Last edited by 558 jakobsson (2024-01-18 17:02:32)

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#2 2024-01-17 21:32:02

V1del
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Re: [Solved] Fed up with Win10 in dual boot, delete it and then?

I'd strongly assume so.

However seeing that partition layout make sure and double check that refind actually resides on the ESP of sdb and not one of the ESPs on sda by accident.

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#3 2024-01-18 02:01:13

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Re: [Solved] Fed up with Win10 in dual boot, delete it and then?

As much as I applaud the idea, I'd be a little careful.

This laptop is an Asus Vivobook.  The uEFI firmware is well done and gives me full control of boot order,  secure boot and firmware updates all within the pre-boot menu environment.

Some manufacturers *cough*HP*cough* have astounding stupid uEFI implementations that require MS Windows to perform firmware updates or change setting related to Secure boot.   I would thoroughly research this as it relates to your system before blissfully consigning MS Windows to the junk heap.


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#4 2024-01-18 13:38:28

558 jakobsson
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Re: [Solved] Fed up with Win10 in dual boot, delete it and then?

V1del wrote:

I'd strongly assume so.

However seeing that partition layout make sure and double check that refind actually resides on the ESP of sdb and not one of the ESPs on sda by accident.

Thank's for your input. Refind is on sdb1 mounted as /boot. What's inside those  two EFI partitions on sda? I don't know. Before I wipe the sda,  I will clone it with Clonezilla. Just as precaution.

My boot

[root@Krasaki leif]# cd /boot
[root@Krasaki boot]# ls -a
.    initramfs-linux-lts-fallback.img  memo.txt
..   initramfs-linux-lts.img	       refind_linux.conf
EFI  intel-ucode.img		       vmlinuz-linux-lts
[root@Krasaki boot]# cd EFI
[root@Krasaki EFI]# ls -a
.  ..  refind  tools
[root@Krasaki EFI]# cd refind
[root@Krasaki refind]# ls -a
.   BOOT.CSV	 icons	       keys	    refind.conf-sample	vars
..  drivers_x64  icons-backup  refind.conf  refind_x64.efi
[root@Krasaki refind]# 
     

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#5 2024-01-18 13:58:53

558 jakobsson
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Re: [Solved] Fed up with Win10 in dual boot, delete it and then?

ewaller wrote:

As much as I applaud the idea, I'd be a little careful.

This laptop is an Asus Vivobook.  The uEFI firmware is well done and gives me full control of boot order,  secure boot and firmware updates all within the pre-boot menu environment.

Some manufacturers *cough*HP*cough* have astounding stupid uEFI implementations that require MS Windows to perform firmware updates or change setting related to Secure boot.   I would thoroughly research this as it relates to your system before blissfully consigning MS Windows to the junk heap.

Thank's for your input. My version of Win10 is almost not working, it says it needs an update. This started well before X-mas and it seems impossible to do that update. It hangs, and I have tried now and then, but it is just frustrating waiting out this Win process to fail.
My machine is an old refurbished Dell Tower, fast startup and Secure boot is disabled. I will clone my win10 partition in case.

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