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What (type of) partition is needed to install Fedora alongside Windows

asked 2015-11-24 00:35:59 -0600

IDon'tKnowWhatToUse gravatar image

I've been trying to install Fedora on my laptop since ... last night. I tried the instructions from this page.

But I got an error saying

local variable 'e' was referenced before... ( my memory fades) I think it was because I already had at least 3 primary partitions( I didn't really notice that then nor I ever cared to look at before).

After fiddling with Windows Disk Management (using mmc), I managed to have a 300GB big unallocated space with 3 other primary partitions. This time I was able to create either swap or /boot. But then again I hit the "local variable 'e' was referenced..." error. Again, I think it was because of the number of primary partitions.

So I have now only 1 primary partition and 1 extended partition which includes, a system recovery logical partition, C: where Windows is and a green "free space".

Check photo here photo

Now when I try to install Fedora, I get for some reason we are unable to locate a disklabel ...

But in a document ( I think it was the official reference but I can't find the exact location anymore ), it said that I need unallocated partition to be able to install Fedora. (I was reading somewhere around here

So I'm confused and banging my head against this wall.

How do I install Fedora on my machine alongside Windows 10 ? Is the second photo an actual bug that has not been addressed ?

See also Yes, Fedora supports installing into logical partitions inside an extended partition.

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answered 2015-11-24 04:34:02 -0600

Hi there, The 10GB first primary partition looks great to create /boot. Then use LVM on the extended partition and create the rest of the required partitions ther (/ , swap, /home). That /should/ do the trick.

Anyway, are you sure you are using a "released" media?, the "e variable" thing was a bug in the alpha release https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1249304

Kind regards

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If you use the 10GiB partition as your boot, your are going to waste 9.5 GiB. 500MB is sufficient for /boot (since Fedora keeps only 3 kernels and automatically deletes older ones). You could go ahead and resize the primary (to 500 MB) and add the free space the the extended partition and use it there as part of / or /home or swap

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2015-11-24 09:53:46 -0600 )edit

@casep yes, I'm very sure this was a release media since I got it by clicking on the workstation icon (that is right next to server and cloud icons) from the official website.

IDon'tKnowWhatToUse gravatar imageIDon'tKnowWhatToUse ( 2015-11-24 18:20:44 -0600 )edit

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