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Fedora 20 cant detect free space in my hard drive for installation

asked 2014-09-19 09:40:38 -0600

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updated 2014-09-21 00:58:00 -0600

Hello, I am using my laptop with fresh installation of windows 7. I tried installing fedora, but Its not detecting 120 GB of unallocated space in my hard drive, its like displaying 1 MB available...... I tried to reclaim the space but i get some error and then "anaconda has stopped responding" (error message is not accurate). Are there any limitation of space which is meant to be detected? And if you can tell me how much space did you use for installing fedora, please do.. Thanks!

Update: i tried using sudo fdisk -l result (pass "log" without quotes)

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Boot from a Live DVD/USB, open a terminal and run this command: fdisk -l (That's a lower-case L, not an upper-case I.) Then edit your question to add the results. That will give us more information on just how your hard disk is formatted. BTW, welcome to ask.fedora.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2014-09-19 12:53:39 -0600 )edit

Sorry; I forgot to tell you that you need to do it as root, or use sudo.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2014-09-20 04:24:48 -0600 )edit

The fdisk output that has been posted does not show any unallocated space.

saurav gravatar imagesaurav ( 2014-09-21 03:27:16 -0600 )edit

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answered 2014-10-01 01:57:47 -0600

TheDcoder gravatar image

It was a bug preventing me from using custom partition and reclaim Bug report

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answered 2014-09-21 17:06:30 -0600

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The results from fdisk tell us why the installer can't find free space: there isn't any. Try mounting that partition (/dev/sda4) from the live system and see what's there. There may be important files stored there, which you'll need to do something with if you're going to reclaim the space. Or, it just might be empty space that was "helpfully" formatted for you, and that you can safely blow away to replace with Fedora. You might also check with the laptop's OEM to find out why it's there and what it's for, just to be safe. And, before I forget, thank you for remembering to give us the password.

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I am new to linux can you tell me how to mount /dev/sda4 ?

TheDcoder gravatar imageTheDcoder ( 2014-09-22 00:45:26 -0600 )edit

When you're using the Live version, there should be an icon for it on your desktop. Right-click on it and if it's not already mounted, you should have an option to Mount the volume. Once it's mounted, you can explore it by double-clicking.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2014-09-22 02:14:01 -0600 )edit

There is nothing on my desktop Can you give me a command to do that in the terminal?

TheDcoder gravatar imageTheDcoder ( 2014-09-26 08:57:25 -0600 )edit

answered 2014-09-26 07:39:13 -0600

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  1. make sure the free space is in seperate drive. and then you can format it as ext4 file system to use during installation
  2. before starting the live boot go to troubleshooting and select "check live media" to check your pendrive for errors.
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I have 120 GB unallocated space....

TheDcoder gravatar imageTheDcoder ( 2014-09-26 08:58:59 -0600 )edit

answered 2014-09-20 14:54:58 -0600

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select the manual partition and from the drop down select "standard partition" then in the partitioning window click of automatically partition and see if it works.

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answered 2014-10-01 13:06:16 -0600

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If you have multiple partitions, ensure Linux gets installed in the last empty space area(unallocated space) of a LOGICAL Partition.
Save time and its auto detected

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Ok, but its a bug preventing me from installling Thanks for taking the time to answer this question :)

TheDcoder gravatar imageTheDcoder ( 2014-10-02 23:41:32 -0600 )edit

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