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asked 2014-07-09 05:17:50 -0600

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Kindly provide me the detailed procedure(if possible with screen shots) of installing Fedora 20 since i am new to the installation part,the details of my system is given below,

>> Processor-core 2 duo
>> RAM-2GB
>> Mother board-Gigabyte
>> HDD-500gb with 5 partition NTFS file system (C,D,E,F,G)
>> Existing OS-winXP in C drive
>> Linux version downloaded :Fedora 20
>> In C drive WIN XP Service pack 2.0 is installed.I have files in D,E,F drives,

I instructed the hardware person to make a separate partition for Linux,he made G drive for that with 26GB free space.I wish to install Fedora in this drive(hope the hardware requirements will be OK)

When I try to install the system is not showing any partitions.It is showing the entire HDD of some 479GB. I want to have Win XP in C: drive and Fedora in G: drive under a dual booting mechanism.Kindly guide me with screenshots for doing the same.

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answered 2014-07-09 13:39:50 -0600

One problem is that you created an NTFS partition in the disk space you intend to use for your Fedora installation. That is, while in Windows, you created a G: volume which occupies the space you intend to use for Fedora. Windows will format the partition you have created with the NTFS filesystem, and anaconda (the Fedora installer) will see only that this partition is currently formatted as NTFS. It will not be viewed as free space into which you can install Fedora.

This is a very elementary mistake, so you need to do some research and understand what you're trying to do before you proceed. Perhaps you should start with the Fedora 20 installation guide and a non-dual-boot system. Configuring and maintaining a dual-boot system often requires more advanced knowledge of bootloaders and low-level disk management, and this can be a significant impediment to one who is just starting to learn about Fedora and operating systems in general.

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+1, except I think that dual booting with Windows is mostly a solved problem these days, requiring little to no specialized knowledge beyond what's needed for the basic installation process.

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2014-07-09 14:17:48 -0600 )edit

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