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Have almost 30GB free on HD but Fedora 19 install says not enough free space.

asked 2013-09-28 15:03:24 -0500

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updated 2014-09-28 23:55:09 -0500

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I was able to mount the Live image onto a DVD and boot it and get the Live version to start. I like what I see and want to run the install. Every time I do it it tells me it needs about 10GBs to do the install and that I don't have enough free space. I tried the Shrink option and it gave me an "Unknown Error" message. I have a Compaq Presario that's about 6 years old (maybe I should be trying an older version of Fedora?), 2GBs of RAM, and I want to dual-boot with Windows Vista, at least for the time being, and the HD I believe is somewhere in the neighborhood of 130GB. Is there something I'm doing wrong maybe? I really like Fedora so far and want to install it so I can have the full use of all the apps and things. Help!

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answered 2013-09-28 17:50:44 -0500

Free space, as you describe it, means "space allocated to a filesystem/partition that has not yet been occupied by files." Fedora can't use the free space on your windows filesystem, it needs unallocated space.

Fedora's installer could be having trouble resizing your Windows filesystem because the filesystem has problems. Try a chkdisk before continuing, and make sure you perform a clean, controlled shutdown instead of suspend or hibernate.

As mentioned in the other answers, you can look to other applications to resize your windows filesystem and make room. Windows itself can do this, I believe. gparted is popular and intuitive.

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answered 2013-09-28 15:47:59 -0500

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updated 2013-09-28 15:48:40 -0500

Well an older version of Fedora will do you no good as they are EOL and are full of security holes. Not to mention that the repos for the EOL versions are not being maintained.

Also, check your partitioning scheme. It sounds like there not enough space on a partition that you have created or you have another device smaller than 10GB that Fedora is trying to install to such as an SD card or a flash drive. I think there is also an auto-partition option that you may want to use if you can't seem to get it right manually.

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answered 2013-09-28 16:17:50 -0500

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I agree that it sounds as if the partition may need a double check. The Fedora version is a different matter. Rather than going to an out-of-date version of Fedora, I suggest you consider loading Fedora 19 LXDE. This lightweight system will be more lightweight on an older system. I run Fedora 19 LXDE on an old HP [Compaq] NC 2400 of a similar age (with a simple Intel U1400 single-core CPU). It runs like a charm on that system. So I can recommend the LXDE spin as a good resource for older machines. I do not believe this is your culprit on your install, though, and I believe that a partition change may assist you. LXDE would just help older gear run more smoothly.

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answered 2013-09-28 15:59:01 -0500

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updated 2013-09-28 16:00:25 -0500

I recommend you shrink the partition using other livecd like SystemRescueCd run GParted and allocate ~20GB of storage for your new Linux installtion.

Then run Fedora installer and let it use the free space.

PS. or you can yum install gparted in the livecd and do the same thing.

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answered 2013-09-28 16:15:39 -0500

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Thanks for the answers. I'm 99% sure it's the main HD on the system that I'm trying to install to. When I bring up the HD info in Windows it says I have just under 30GB free in there. When I boot off the Live CD, it says how much space it needs (something like 10.33 GBs) and says there isn't enough space on the HD. I tried using the "Shrink" and it said "An Unknown Error Has Occurred".

As far as I know the only partition on the drive is one Windows made with Rescue Disk stuff on it, which is about 10GBs. I really don't want to mess with that and I'm not ready to get rid of Windows (YET). Is there a chance that maybe the HD is corrupted somehow and this is preventing a partition from being made?

I'll try the System Rescue CD.

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