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How can I create "enough free disk space"? [win7/fed17]

asked 2012-12-27 14:15:30 -0600

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updated 2013-01-03 15:29:40 -0600

I want to install Windows 7 and Fedora 17 side-by-side. But none of the methods I can find seem to be working.

I have 58 gigabytes of unallocated space I created with Windows Disk Management, which the Fedora installer cannot use due to a lack of free space.

I told Fedora to shrink the Windows partition to make enough room (I defragmented my Windows hard drive twice before installation) and it still would not install.

I just spent an hour and a half installing Ubuntu so I could replace it with Fedora, allotting a full 30 gigabytes in the first installer screen, and I am still told I do not have enough free space.

You can see an image of my hard drive at . It may not look like it, but I have Ubuntu installed there as well. Fedora is being run from a USB flash drive. Whether I try to install to the free space, replace Ubuntu, or shrink the Windows partition, I am told that I cannot install because there is not enough free space on the disks. It just doesn't make sense.

Are there any solutions to this, aside from using Ubuntu (which I do not want to do under any circumstances)?

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Can you boot the installer, press Ctl+alt+F2 to get a prompt, and paste us the content of fdisk -l ?

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2012-12-29 18:01:11 -0600 )edit

You need to escalate privileges first. use su - to get a root shell, then fdisk -l and paste the output.

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2013-01-01 12:50:43 -0600 )edit

Are you sure that you are using Fedora media at this point? I can log in to a TTY shell as root without password from a liveCD, and automatically get a root shell with the DVD installer.

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2013-01-02 20:07:10 -0600 )edit

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answered 2013-01-03 16:05:36 -0600

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As I expected, you currently have four primary partitions and that's all you can have. (The partition table only has room for four entries.) I'm not sure what you can do at this point, but what you need to do is put all of your free space and at least one current partition into an extended partition. (That would make the current partition a logical partition.) Then, you could create as many logical partitions as you need inside the extended partition and use them for Linux.

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answered 2012-12-28 06:40:31 -0600

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50gb should be enough for fredora. U probably are doing something wrong. Joust run Fedora installer and create linux partition in the unallocated space + swap partition. If U provide more info, it would be easier to help.

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