Deepin 2014 file systems

Deepin 2014 is the latest edition of Deepin, a Linux desktop distribution based on Ubuntu. Deepin 2014 is the first version of the distribution that comes with its own graphical installer. Like all Ubuntu-based distributions, previous editions (of Deepin) used their parent distribution’s graphical installer.

This tutorial provides a step-by-step guide on how to partition a hard drive manually for installing Deepin 2014 and also serves as a guide on how to install Deepin 2014 in standalone mode, that is, all by itself on any computer. For how to set up a dual-boot system between Deepin 2014 and Windows 7 on a computer with UEFI firmware, see Dual-boot Deepin 2014 and Windows 7 on a PC with UEFI firmware.

To start download an installation image of Deepin 2014 from here. Create an installation media by burning it to a DVD disc or transfer it to a USB stick. Then insert the DVD in the target computer’s optical drive or a USB port and reboot the computer.

The computer should reboot into the Deepin 2014 live desktop. From there, click on the installer’s icon on the desktop. The installer is a very simple graphical application, but it does not have support for full disk encryption, home directory encryption, and LVM, the Linux Logical Volume Manager. So it’s only good for plain-vanilla installations. This screenshot shows the installer’s first step. Click Next to get to the second step.
Deepin 2014 create user

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The second step shows the disks and disk partitions detected by the installer. But you need to switch to the installer’s advanced mode to make any modifications, so click on Expert Mode. Note: If you are not familiar with disk partitioning in Linux, be sure to read Guide to disks and disk partitions in Linux.
Deepin 2014 partitions

This is the installer’s Expert Mode. From here, you can delete existing partitions and create new ones. Assuming that you want to install Deepin 2014 in standalone mode on the target hard drive, you need to delete existing partitions and create new ones manually. So select a partition and delete it.
Deepin 2014 free space

If prompted to unmount a partition, click OK.
Deepin 2014 delete root partitions

With existing partitions deleted, select the free space, then click on New Partition to create the first partition. For this exercise, I’ll show how to create a root, home and a Swap partition. Those should be enough to install and run the system. Note that in Expert Mode, the installer does not support GPT partitions, so any partition you create here will be based on an MBR partitioning scheme, even if the computer has UEFI firmware. If you don’t know what the difference between GPT and MBR is, see Guide to disks and disk partitions in Linux.
Deepin 2014 create partition

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This is the installer’s partition editor. You only need to change the mount point (from the Mount menu), the file system to use (from the Use as menu) and the size.
Deepin 2014 partition editor

And these are the supported file systems.
Deepin 2014 file systems

The first partition will be root and should be mounted at /. The default file system is ext4. A fresh installation of Deepin 2014 takes up about 4.5 GB of disk space, so any value higher than twice that should be good. OK.
Deepin 2014 root partition

For the home partition, set the mount point to /home, keep the default file system and set a suitable size for disk space. OK.
Deepin 2014 home partition

For the Swap partition, assuming that your computer is a fairly recent one (likely 64-bit architecture), set the disk space to 4,000 MB (4 GB). For older computers, 2,000 MB (2 GB) should be good. Set the file system to swap. OK.
Deepin 2014 swap partition

With all the partitions in place, click Install to continue with the rest of the installation. Since this is a standalone installation, don’t change the default boot loader location, which should be /dev/sda, or the Master Boot Record (MBR) of the target hard drive. For a dual-boot setup between Deepin 2014 and Windows 7 on a computer with UEFI firmware, see Dual-boot Deepin 2014 and Windows 7 on a PC with UEFI firmware.
Deepin 2014 create partition manual


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  1. my pc had windows 7 installed but it crashed for unknwon reason . as i was in a hurry , i had to install linux mint as a single os .. later i realized that i can’t log tom my partitions which were previously created by windows 7. when i try to reinstall windows 7 or any other version of windows i have a message saying i have to format my hard which became one raw partition

    1. So you managed to delete Windows 7 when you installed Mint on the same HDD. That install of Windows 7 is gone. Now you’re trying to reinstall Windows 7. That means deleting Mint, which is OK, provided that’s what you want to do.

      So use the Windows 7 install CD to reformat the HDD and reinstall. Afterwards, you can install Mint alongside it in a dual-boot fashion. Easy as pie.

  2. Installing 17.1 to dual boot on a Win7 EFI pc on getting to the no ‘This computer currently has no detected operating system’ when selecting the ‘Something else’ screen I am then met with a table showing dev/sda as having 160041MB of free space. The drive is formatted with a 75 GB partition containing W7 and a 70 GB partition empty which I intend to use, there is approximately 5 GB of unallocated space. My other drives sdb and sdc show the partitions correctly.

    When booting using the f12 boot manager I select the EFI dvd drive as the option to boot from, this is actually the first, so default, option with an ATAPI option for the same drive at the bottom. I have previously got to this stage with the intended 70GB partition as unallocated with the exact same outcome.

    I have made repeated attempts with the intended partition left as both unallocated space and a FAT32 partition, all with the same result. Going past this and creating partition will, to my mind, corrupt my Windows installation.

    Having only 4 SATA headers on the board, and using all for 3 drives and a disk drive I don’t really want to use the option of installing an operating system of either of my two data drive (sdb & sdc) as they are used for specific storage.

    My problem is where do I go next?

  3. I looked at a number of websites purporting to explain how to do dual boot.
    Although this was the least detailed, it was also the simplest and clearest to apply.
    And it worked without a hitch.

  4. Hi , I have an Gigabyte board GA-990FXA-UD3,which i installed win.8.1 , I decided i didn’t like 8.1 so i wiped my hard drive clean and tried to install Linux Mint 17.3.( this board does not have the secure or fast boot in Bios.) every time i try and install Linux from a disk i get this message AHCI usb detection failed. i lose the keyboard,mouse and my WIFI, also, i have no working usb ports and have no way of installing mint! Any solution to my dilemma? (Oh BTW i have changed my bios to Legacy w/no results.)

    1. I have a box that I built using a Gigabyte GA-Z68MA (Intel processors) that works just fine, though I have occasional issues with the USB ports.

      Have you checked there’s an AHCI in the BIOS/UEFI settings that needs to be enabled? That might be a cause.

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