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Old 24th December 2009, 08:34 AM
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i want to install on my HP notebook, and the partitions on it are as below

1. System Drive - W7 creates partition of 100 Mb for itself
2. C Drive - Windows installed in here
3. D Drive - My data here

I wonder if systems still exhibit restriction of creating a maximum of 4 primary partitions. As Linux installation would require at least 2 partitions would i be able to install Linux. I want to keep my windows installation & data on separate partitions Any other options..

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Old 24th December 2009, 10:27 AM
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I believe that you can still only have 4 primary partitions.

I installed Fedora on my laptop with great success. Mine came with the small restore partition and the rest of the drive (160GB) for Windows. I shrunk the Windows partition to get myself some space and created an extended partition which contains 2 EXT3 and a swap partition. This has worked extremely well over the last few years with this computer. Later I squeezed in a small NTFS partition and now boot Vista, Win7, Fedora and whatever other Linux I feel like playing around with.
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Old 24th December 2009, 11:18 AM
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glennzo, you are right about the process and you might be having Vista installed, which means you would have only 2 windows partitions C & D which makes number of partitions as 2. You would not be having any system partition that is created by Windows 7 additionally, making the count to 3, and leaving me with space only for 1 extra partition.
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Old 24th December 2009, 11:21 AM
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Actually, I'm booting Vista, Windows 7 and two instances of Fedora. Can't you make an extended partition out of the free space and then create whatever you need within that extended partition?
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Old 24th December 2009, 11:44 AM
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glennzo, after giving some thought to what you told me, it occurs that you have informed me of something new which had never came to my mind in last so many years. Installing linux partitions on an extended partition, I had previously thought of extended partitions as only windows compatible. Thanks mate
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Old 24th December 2009, 11:54 AM
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You're welcome. Just to enforce the point, not that it's needed, here's my current partitioning scheme for the laptop.
Code:
[root@leonardo glenn]# /sbin/fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xb65eac19

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1               1         192     1536000   27  Unknown <-- System Restore
/dev/sda2             192       13975   110712832    7  HPFS/NTFS <-- Vista
/dev/sda3           13976       16586    20972857+   7  HPFS/NTFS <-- Windows 7
/dev/sda4           16587       19457    23061307+   5  Extended
/dev/sda5   *       16587       17891    10482381   83  Linux
/dev/sda6           17892       19196    10482381   83  Linux
/dev/sda7           19197       19457     2096451   82  Linux swap / Solaris
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