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Fedora 20 doesn't see empty space in extended partition

asked 2014-06-08 12:26:49 -0600

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updated 2014-06-10 21:41:57 -0600

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Hi,

i've been trying to install Fedora 20 on my desktop and I've met with a difficulty during partitioning.

I have got three other OS on my disk, partitioned like this:

  • sda0 - 100mb windows boot partition

  • sda1 - 30gb windows NTFS volume

  • sda2 - Extended volume:

    • 34gb Kubuntu EXT4 partition
    • 6gb linux swap
    • 34gb - unassigned - here's where i'd like to install Fedora
  • sda3 - 10gb OpenBSD filesystem (it
    actually has multiple partitions for /tmp, /var etc., but linux see it as one partition)

When I run Fedora installer from KDE live CD, i got an error saying that I didn't setup a bootable volume. If I try to use 'automatic partition creation', it will complain that there is 0mb of free space on disc, even though it lists all 34gb of empty space in a disc selection.

-- EDIT --

the exact error message when trying to manually add a partition (ext4 mounted on / inside the extended partition where the free space is available) is:

you have not created a bootloader stage1 target device

you have not created a bootable partition

-- END OF EDIT --

I tried creating an ext4 partition in Kubuntu and then using it in the installer - didn't work

I also tried creating a 1mb boot partition mounted at /boot and ~50mb EFI boot partition mounted at /boot/efi - neither didn't work. Still the same error message.

I suspect that Fedora has a problem with installing inside non-emty extended partition. Kubuntu didn't seem to have this issue, though.

Any thought?

Thanks very much in advance!

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Could you post the exact error message you get?

Ahmad Samir gravatar imageAhmad Samir ( 2014-06-09 03:55:30 -0600 )edit

Sure, sorry i didn't in the first place. The booting proces is kind of long and I didn't have time then. I will boot it now and edit my question.

j0hny gravatar imagej0hny ( 2014-06-09 12:47:58 -0600 )edit

You can reuse your existing EFI partition; fedora will add to it, not reformat (unless you specify otherwise!). /boot should be at least 250MB, default is 500MB; the kernel will not fit in a 1MB boot partition.

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2014-06-09 13:48:54 -0600 )edit

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answered 2014-06-10 06:07:56 -0600

Ahmad Samir gravatar image

updated 2014-06-11 10:26:43 -0600

You're hitting this bug; the Fedora installer requires a GPT-labelled disk to install in UEFI mode, see the link I posted for more details.

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It indeed is a problem explained in the description of bug you linked to. I solved the issue by removing all partitions including windows and reinstalling all systems, each on his own primary paritions (kubuntu in extended with shared swap area). Fedora got installed first. This way everything worked. Still, it's kind of an annoying bug, if i wasn't doing an new setup and wanted to just add Fedora to used oses, it would be a problem.

Anyway, thanks for your answer!

j0hny gravatar imagej0hny ( 2014-06-12 07:59:03 -0600 )edit

It indeed is a problem explained in the description of bug you linked to. I solved the issue by removing all partitions including windows and reinstalling all systems, each on his own primary paritions (kubuntu in extended with shared swap area). Fedora got installed first. This way everything worked. Still, it's kind of an annoying bug, if i wasn't doing an new setup and wanted to just add Fedora to used oses, it would be a problem. Anyway, thanks for your answer!

j0hny gravatar imagej0hny ( 2014-06-12 07:59:30 -0600 )edit

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