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Old 18th June 2009, 12:27 AM
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Angry Installer doesn't see disk properly

I have an external USB drive I have run F7-10 on without problems. Under F11 live CD fdisk sees the drive and its partitions correctly.

It has
Partition 1: 30G type 83
Partition 2: 1G type 82
Partition 3: 90G type 83

Partition 3 has all my stuff on it and I want a fresh install on partition 1, but the installer shows 190G for partition 2 and 200M for partition 1.

How do I make the installer see the partitions and not what it wants to do?

And why does it take 10 minutes to boot the live CD on a Dual Core 2.4GHz machine of recent build?
Lenovo 30000 Intel Dual Core E2220 2.4GHz 3G Ram Intel 82G33 Integrated Chipset and Video. 1.5TB WD SATA HD Fedora 17 x86_64 Registered Linux User 414322
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Old 21st June 2009, 07:08 PM
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Like the OP, Anaconda is not seeing my disk properly.

I'm currently running F9. It is installed in sdb6. I have a boot partition (sdb5) and a home partition (sdb9). I would like to install F11 in sdb6 (replacing F9). I'm not using LVM.

I'm trying to do an install from hard disk. I have a Fedora-11-i386-DVD ISO in sdb2.

When the installer checks my storage devices, I select "Review and modify partitioning layout".

This is a summary of what it displays:

LVM volume groups:

1: VolGroup: lv_root Mount point: / Type: ext4 Size(MB): 33956

2: VolGroup: lv_swap Type: swap Size(MB): 1024

Hard drives:

1. /dev/sdb1 Mount point: /boot Type: ext3 Size(MB): 200

2. Free Size(MB): 30518

3. /dev/sdb2 Type: ext3 Size(MB): 30718

4. /dev/sdb3 Type: physical volume(LVM) Size(mb): 33957

Here is the actual (correct) layout from cfdisk:

cfdisk (util-linux-ng 2.13.1)

Disk Drive: /dev/sdb
Size: 100030242816 bytes, 100.0 GB
Heads: 255 Sectors per Track: 63 Cylinders: 12161

Name Flags Part Type FS Type [Label] Size (MB)
sdb1 Boot Primary Linux ext3 32210.20
sdb2 Primary Linux ext3 32210.20
sdb5 Logical Linux ext3 [/boot] 106.93
sdb6 Logical Linux ext3 [/] 10734.00
sdb7 Logical Linux swap / Solaris 789.63
sdb8 Logical Linux ext3 10734.00
sdb9 Logical Linux ext3 [/home] 1044.62
Logical Free Space 12198.10

A few months ago I had to do a clean (re)install of F9. I did an install from hard disk using the same partitioning layout. It ran without problem.

Last edited by AlFrugal; 21st June 2009 at 07:12 PM. Reason: correction
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Old 21st June 2009, 10:52 PM
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Choose "Create custom layout" from the drop-down list to see your existing partition layout instead of the Fedora default setup.
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Old 22nd June 2009, 12:47 AM
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Originally Posted by markkuk View Post
Choose "Create custom layout" from the drop-down list to see your existing partition layout instead of the Fedora default setup.
Thanks very much for your reply. Due to some mental blocks, I would not have seen the solution without someone's help. I had previously read the F11 installation guide sections on partitioning several times. However the section you referred me to, "7.20 Create Default Layout" , I thought did not apply to me, since I wanted a custom layout, so I always skipped that section.

The top entry on the drop down list was labelled "Replace existing system". Since that's what I wanted to do, it didn't occur to me to click on the list, where I would have seen the "create custom system".
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