View Full Version : Server install partition questions

April 28th, 2018, 07:10 AM
I have an install of Mint 17.1 with Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS and wish to upgrade it to Ubuntu Server. I have several questions, I'll just ask them, I know they probably need separate threads but the answers are hopefully one liners.

The hardware is an Asrock Q1900DC-ITX with a 1T disk. It's to be used as a server for UPnP. I may well add much more storage starting with a spare 4T HDD.

The 1T disk is currently setup like this

Model: ATA WDC WD10JFCX-68N (scsi)
Disk /dev/sda: 1000GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/4096B
Partition Table: msdos

Number Start End Size Type File system Flags
1 1049kB 100GB 100GB primary ext4 boot
3 100GB 992GB 892GB primary ext4
2 992GB 1000GB 8276MB extended
5 992GB 1000GB 8276MB logical linux-swap(v1)

/dev/sda1 on / type ext4 (rw,errors=remount-ro)
/dev/sda3 on /AV type ext4 (rw)

all my data is on /AV

My questions:

Will the data on /dev/sda3 be affected by installing Ubuntu onto /dev/sda1 if I choose to manually set up partitions?

The system currently uses BIOS booting, will the disk be affected if I change it to UEFI?

I don't know why the swap partition is set up like that. Again, will the data on /dev/sda3 be affected if I remove that extended partition and create another primary partition (assuming I stay with BIOS booting) ?

I was going to use 16.04 LTS but now see that Ubuntu Server 18.04 LTS is available, should I use that instead?

I'm trying to avoid it but might I be better off just backing up my data and starting fresh?