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F16 dual boot installion error

asked 2012-02-06 04:18:42 -0600

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hello friends, i am new to Linux, I want to try fedora 16, but i need a dual boot. i have 1tb hdd. having four partions; os win7 x64. i have deleted one partion (230 gb) and created unallocated space.

  • total 931.51 GB
  • system: 100 mb
  • C: 232.78
  • D: 232.88
  • (E:)Unallocated : 232.88
  • G: 232.88

now when i install via live usb, i cannot read the unallocated space. when i click "use free space" it gives error : not enough free space. 232gig is not enough! or it doesn't detects the unallocated space.

using the custom installation option.

sda

  • sda1 : 0
  • sda2 : 100
  • sda3 : 223XXX(approx.)
  • sda4: 75XXXX(approx. i think its d+e+f)
  • free : 1 (WTH!)

i don't want to screw up my win 7, so i haven't tried anything yet. please advise asap.

just found out a bigger problem! i have a dynamic partition. so all the partitions are 'simple', and seen as all-primary. so i first need to convert the dynamic disk to basic disk. then make partitions and hopefully after this hard work the fedora will accept...is there any way that i could convert it without formatting and deleting my os? http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/833/capturequd.jpg/

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answered 2012-02-06 19:13:28 -0600

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You have the System Reserved (100 MB) partition and 4 other equal sized partitions. The 100 MB is primary (system). Assuming Windows 7 is on second partition (also primary).

Two of the three partitions left are logical (you can have maximum 3 primary and 1 extended part. with many logical part. there).

So beside the 100 MB and Windows 7 partitions make the third part. also primary (if it is not already).

Then you have two logical partitions (inside the extended). Make sure the UNALLOCATED is the LAST partition. (You can copy partitions as they are equal sized without problems).

The last UNALLOCATED partition will be used by FEDORA for installation - the space will be used for 2 new partitions - "/" and swap.

Note:

Be aware that when you install Fedora the Windows MBR (Master Boot Record) will be replaced by a GRUB2 boot record. But this another issue. If you are unsure what this means you have to read some materials on what is MBR, PBR, Windows boot process and Linux (Fedora) boot process !

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answered 2012-06-04 20:12:41 -0600

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Easeus Partition Magic can resolve this. I have the same issue like you.

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