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Old 27th December 2011, 04:26 AM
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dual boot fedora 16 and windows 7

hello

I have a laptop installed with windows 7. I have
100 mb system space
C : drive 60 gb
D drive 50 gb
e drive 300 gb

and have about 100gb of unallocated space. How do i install fedora 16 in my system. In my old laptop i tried to install fedora and it shows some error about partitioning. Is it possible install fedora 16 in my laptop using dual booting .

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Old 27th December 2011, 05:25 AM
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Re: dual boot fedora 16 and windows 7

Hello

The standard msdos partition table can only have 4 primary partitions. Since Fedora
would not install to your setup, that 100 mb "system space" is probably being counted
as a primary partition, which means all 4 have been used up.

You need to delete one of the partitions and create an Extended Partition, allocating
all remaining disk space inside it. Then you can divide that into as many logical partitions
as you want.

Fedora can be installed on logical partitions; Windows I think still needs to be on a primary
partition.

If you can temporarily move the data from your e partition onto your other windows partitions,
you could delete the e partition and create the Extended Partition, giving it all the free space,
then allocate logical partitions inside that for Fedora and your Windows data.

There is another possible issue that depends on how old your laptop's BIOS is - some older
BIOSs are limited in how far into the disk they can access. That means you might have to
locate Fedora's boot files closer to the start of the disk. If that happens you might be able
to solve it by updating the BIOS; otherwise, more partition manipulation could be done.

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The gparted livecd is a good tool for manipulating partitions: http://gparted.sourceforge.net/livecd.php
As they advise, back up anything you can't afford to lose.

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Old 27th December 2011, 06:13 AM
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Re: dual boot fedora 16 and windows 7

thanks sonoran.

Actually i ran into this partition issue and ended up with only windows..

My laptop is a brand new samsung rv 509 .. actually my last drive is empty . i don't have any data in it . So please tell me how can create extended partition and installation. Will you lease tell me step by step .
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Old 27th December 2011, 07:45 AM
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Re: dual boot fedora 16 and windows 7

How many separate hard drives in your system? I mean actual hard disks - we might be
confusing terms here.

Windows calls "drives" what Linux calls "partitions." Are C, D, and e on the same disk?
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Old 27th December 2011, 08:11 AM
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Re: dual boot fedora 16 and windows 7

yes i have only one hard disk and 3(c d e) partitions in windows and 60gb free space
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Old 27th December 2011, 08:54 AM
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Re: dual boot fedora 16 and windows 7

I think you will have to delete the e partition, then, because that "system space" is
probably also a partition, and the Fedora installer is unable to create any more.

You can either use the Windows disk utility or the Fedora installer to delete e.

You could select either "Shrink Current System" or "Create Custom Layout" in the
Fedora installer. Then select the e partition and delete it. In Fedora it will not be
called "e", but something like sda4. It should be the last partition listed.

Then you can see if Fedora will install in the free space. The installer should be smart
enough to create the extended partition and create the necessary logical partitions for
Fedora, like /swap and /.
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Old 27th December 2011, 09:00 AM
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Re: dual boot fedora 16 and windows 7

e drive is about 300GB and if i delete that partition and install fedora in 75gb can i use the rest of space in windows ? if so how?
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Old 27th December 2011, 09:59 AM
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Re: dual boot fedora 16 and windows 7

Select "Create Custom Layout" at the Fedora Disk Partitioning Setup screen.

First, I would get rid of all the LVM stuff, just delete it from the screen. It isn't
useful on most home systems, and adds a layer of complexity in case you
run into problems.

If you haven't deleted the e partition, you can do it here.
Then click on the Create button, and in the popup window select the Mount Point.
You need to create 2 partitions - /swap and /. Swap doesn't need a filesystem.
You should make swap's size equal to the amount of memory you have.

For the / partition use the ext4 filesystem type, and set size to whatever you want.
The Fedora system only requires 5-7 GB, but you'll want space for data files and
additional software - 20-25 GB is plenty. Keep in mind that Linux can access Windows
file systems, while Windows ignores Linux filesystems. So if you want to have files
available from both Linux and Windows, those partitions must be Windows types.

Note - the Fedora system includes, or you can add, the gparted partitioning tool,
which is easier to use than the Installer. So if you want you can install Fedora here.

Or:
Then you can create more partitions in the remaining free space. You can call them
whatever you like - Music, Videos. If you want them to be available from Windows,
select one of the Windows filesystem types.

None of this will be written to your hard drive until you are finished and move on to
the next screen, so you can continue editing your layout until you are satisfied.
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Old 27th December 2011, 10:22 AM
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Re: dual boot fedora 16 and windows 7

thanks sonoran ...

I will try and let you know the results
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Old 28th December 2011, 04:28 AM
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Re: dual boot fedora 16 and windows 7

hi sonora..

Thanks and it worked fine.. now i have windows 7 and fedora 16
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Old 28th December 2011, 09:31 AM
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Re: dual boot fedora 16 and windows 7

Good work! Check out the Fedora Set-Up Guides (yellow link at the top of page) to easily add
useful things to Fedora.
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Old 6th January 2012, 04:53 PM
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Re: dual boot fedora 16 and windows 7

Dear Sonoran,
i am also trying to dual boot fedora 16 and windows 7 and also in the same trouble. i followed your steps. but every time it ends with fedora only.
during creating custom layout i couldn't see the partitions i have made and the unpartitioned space.. (i had left 150 GB unpartitioned for fedora)
before all of these things, in the installation window i got a message " we couldn't detect partitions or filesystems on this device......."
i am using Dell inspiron 5110 laptop with core i7 processor and 6GB RAM.
may there be any compatibility errors?
or do i need to follow any other steps?
as a regular reader of yours i hope i will get the proper solution from you.
thanks in advance.
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Old 8th January 2012, 03:35 AM
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Re: dual boot fedora 16 and windows 7

are you busy Sonoran....?
i am waiting for your reply..
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Old 9th January 2012, 04:52 AM
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Re: dual boot fedora 16 and windows 7

Alagan

I am not an expert in fedora. but i will write down what i have done.

1. i installed windows 7 in creating a 50 gb partition.left 450 Gb un partitioned

2. then i installed fedora in 70 Gb . creating a custom layout.
3. after installing i boot into windows and using disk management i created partitions i needed

Tht's it. I don't know is it helpfull for you.
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