before we go to far
You DO have a install dvd for win7 from Microsoft ? right ?
Microsoft no longer gives them to the OEM so you need to ask MS for one - there free and can be mailed to you
you will just need the activation code on the computer ( a sticker)
This is in case you need to reinstall windows .
Some times "things happen" so it is best to be safe .
the oem's like to put a "win7 recovery partition at the front of the disk ( sda1) most likely
sda2 and sda3 -- guessing are windows C:\\ and D:\\
a question on sdb1 ? did you have a usb thumb drive pluged in -- seeing as it is a tiny fat32 drive
you can do this on windows or fedora 12
download fedora 15 dvd
Gparted live cd - a very handy tool to have in your toolbox
so is "SystemRescueCD "
windows can NOT see, read, or even do anything, with a NON MICROSOFT formatted partition
Microsoft will NEVER support something they do not own .
use the gparted cd to unformat the LINUX only partitions
unformating is just leaving it blank and unused
-- gparted is fairly self explanatory and easy to use --
install fedora 15
you might want to just let it use the default settings
with ONE EXCEPTION
install to the blank part of the drive and not the WHOLE drive
the default will put grub on the MBR overwriting MS's bootloader
( the windows 7 install dvd is needed to undo that if needed )
or use a custom layout
see the fedora docs
fedora 15 install guide
in a custom layout you put grub on the FIRST linux partition and NOT on the mbr
-- there is a good reason for this , but it is complicated .
-- so do some research
this is an example of a custom for your laptop ( one i would use if installing to it)
sda2 ---- windows
--- extended there can only be 4 primary ---
sda5 /boot - 750 meg ( a bit big but "preupgrade" will NEED IT )
sda6 SWAP 2 gig
sda7 /home 5 to 10 gig
sda8 / -- the rest of the drive
fedora has no problem reading and writing to windows NTFS partitions so you can save things like music and videos there
windows will NEVER be able to read fedoras "ext4" partitions.