Secondary Partition – How to Make Newly Created Secondary Partition Accessible


I have decided to reinstall my Lubuntu OS and to split on the occasion my partition so as to have a secondary one where long-time files would be stored. I guess what I wanted followed a logic that was close to my experience as ex-windows user. I just wanted a new non-system partition visible in the left side pane of the file browser.

When trying to install the system onto the smaller partition for which i set / as mount point, I was prompted to set a different mount point for the other: i had already used / for the one that was not meant to be the system partition because i didn't new what / meant. Not knowing what to do I selected /boot for the second and went on installing on the smaller one with mount point /.

All was ok except that now the larger/secondary (/boot mount point) partition is not visible as I expected it to be.

But this doesn't mean that it is completely hidden or unaccessible. I found that /boot is in fact the location for this partition: when i go there i see i'm within the 30GB/second partition. creating a folder there and adding that folder to side pane (create shortcut) in Thunar, makes in a way that partition immediately visible and accessible in file manager's side pane the way i wanted to.

but this is still not a solution, for i cannot access it as a partition (unmount it, etc)

In Gparted it is:

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Best Answer

For your purpose the installation partition doesn't need to be extended (all your linux partitions are extended).

To get what you want (a separate partition that would keep your files after reinstalling your system) do the following: delete all linux partition including /dev/sda2. Then create two partition (both as primary partitions). Select mount point as / and /home (/ means your system will install in this partition and /home means your home folder will use this partition so that next installation will preserve your data).

You do not need to keep extra partition for swap. Create a virtual swap after installation of your system.

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