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Will the data on hard drive be deleted in this case?

asked 2017-02-17 12:06:16 -0500

MatrixGuy gravatar image

Hello, I've tried googling this question but I'm not really sure how to formulate this question properly. Currently I am running Windows 10 on my laptop and I want to have dual operating system. I have a 1TB hard drive which was split into two of 500GB each (C and E discs). If I have, let's say 100GB of free space on the E drive, while 400GB is taken, can I install Fedora on that space and keep everything else on that drive? I know there is "Use free space" option when installing Fedora so I guess it would be logical if it didn't erase what is already on the drive but I just want to be sure. Also, will that "Use free space" option remove windows from that space? Or do I have to shrink it out of there somehow myself?

I don't really know much about operating systems and how you should handle them/manage them or how they actually work, so I'm sorry if it's a stupid question.


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answered 2017-02-17 20:38:29 -0500

florian gravatar image

If you want to install Fedora to the 100 GB that are currently unused, you need to make sure that they are free space on your harddrive and not part of an existing partition such as your Windows e: drive. What I would recommend you is to use your Windows system to resize the existing partition (shrink it by whatever space you can afford). Then you can start the Fedora installer and it will recognize the free space and suggest a partition layout for its installation.

You want to make sure that the installer is using your existing (?) EFI partition and set the mount point to /boot/efi, and not create such a partition again.

Usually, dual boot is not a problem - but you want to make sure you have a backup of your important files before you proceed.

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answered 2017-02-17 18:26:43 -0500

aeperezt gravatar image

You can install Fedora on a free space on your drive, 100G is good enough, when you install it you select the location for the installation so you are the one who say where to install. But keep present that any OS installation can be harmful if you are not sure what you doing so be careful and make a backup of your data. And follow the steps on the installation guide to be safe.

Hope this help

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answered 2017-02-18 01:17:41 -0500

Please note: free space means unpartitioned space in the disk or in other words a space in the disk that is not formatted. That is different from the free space reported by Windows related to free space inside disk (partition, or file system) E:

So, as said in the first answer, you have to shrink e: partition in order to make room for the Fedora partitions.

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answered 2017-02-19 15:45:22 -0500

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If E: is FAT then Fedora can't resize it. If it's NTFS, you can do the resize with Windows Disk Manager or you can have the Fedora installer do it. If you use the guided partitioning, you will get a dialog saying there isn't enough space, if you go to reclaim space, you can click on this partition in a list and choose to shrink it, and then the installer will only install to the free space created by shrinking the selected partition.

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