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Old 09-26-2011, 01:48 PM   #1
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Question How to install Fedora 15 in the existing partition "D" done by Windows 7?


Hi, I have W 7 Ultimate installed in Dell Inspiron 14R. It has partitions C, D, E. C is having W 7 Ultimate.
I wish to install Fedora 15 full version in "D" without loosing the data in C and E drive. I'm not getting how to make the partition D, /boot. I have allocated C and D each 100 GB. I prefer using D for installing F 15. Please suggest me step by step method of installing F 15. And how to make F 15 default OS, or primary OS and how to make E drive accessible from either of the operating system?

Thanking you in anticipation.
 
Old 09-26-2011, 02:13 PM   #2
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Hello,

You have the misconception that windows and linux partitions are the same. You definitely need to do your research and search both online and on these forums to learn about it. As far as dual booting, here's a link I found on google - http://www.linuxbsdos.com/2010/11/09...and-windows-7/
I suggest you read up beginner tutorials and information on what linux is, and how it operates also. If you have any questions, let us know!

Cheers,

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Old 09-27-2011, 07:57 AM   #3
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Thank you for ur reply...

I have gone through all those links....

I wish I could re-partition the D drive alone according to Linux, so that I wont loose data in C and E. Is that possible?

Thank u once again...
 
Old 09-27-2011, 08:36 AM   #4
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Linux doesn't refer to partitions the same way windows does. If you want to install Fedora on a partition you have already created you will need to know how Fedora sees it. You can use the Fedora CD, boot it up and open a terminal which should be under the Applications tab on the Desktop, log in as root and enter this command to post here: fdisk -l(lower Case Letter L in the command). This will show your partitions. I don't understand what you mean in your original post by "I'm not getting how to make the partition D, /boot"? Are you wanting to make a separate boot partition as well as a root partition? When you talk about re-partitioning the D drive, are you referring to dividing a partition or are you referring to an actual physical drive?
 
Old 09-27-2011, 01:27 PM   #5
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Talking I'm not a software savvy dude... thank u

Sorry for using wrong technical terms...

My HD is 500 GB. I have divided into C-100GB, D-100GB and E- 300GB.

I have installed W 7 Ultimate in C drive. I want to have both W7 and F15. I knew nothing. Please tell me what are the steps I should follow, without loosing data in C and E. D is empty right now. And I'm following USB installer method.

Thank you once again dudes....
 
Old 09-27-2011, 01:44 PM   #6
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Installing Fedora on what you're calling the D drive will irrevocably wipe out anything on it. Before proceeding, be sure this is what you want to do. Next, given that you've only got one hard drive, Fedora is going to see your partitions as /dev/sda1, /dev/sda2, and /dev/sda3. It's likely, but by no means a certainty, that Windows sees these as your C, D, and E drives, respectively. Again, before proceeding, ensure that this is indeed the case. See yancek's post above. To install Fedora on /dev/sda2, you'll need to start the installer, select custom partitioning, format /dev/sda2, and make it the root filesystem (called / ). I recommend unchecking the lvm box (I'm not sure if Fedora can boot from an lvm partition). I also recommend installing the bootloader to the MBR (master boot record) of the drive (sda); I believe this will be the default choice, but, again, you should verify this.

I've installed Linux on a hard drive with an existing Windows OS many, many times over years. It's been a while since I hosed a Windows partition in the process, but I have done it before (and, in all probability, will do so again at some point in the future). Be careful, ensure you have backups of all you essential Windows files/apps before you start, and good luck!
 
Old 09-27-2011, 01:46 PM   #7
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It is as simple as that:
1. Start the Windows partition-manager and delete the D:-partition.
2. Start the Fedora installation from your USB device and follow the steps. You can see a tutorial with screenshots here.
3. When it comes to the partitioning (step 2.9 in that tutorial) make sure to use the Use Free Space option. Fedora will automatically create the needed partitions in the free space that formerly was your D_partition.
4. Go on with the installation.

Also, if you have data on any of your partitions that is important to you, make backups regularly, and especially before making system critical parts, like partitioning and installing a new OS.
 
Old 09-28-2011, 12:54 PM   #8
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Angry HI dudes,, Back with another problem while trying..

HI Dudes,

I am able to do partition of D further according to Fedora... But How many partitions should I do? Like root/, /boot, /home etc and how much space should be allocated for each? How to make swap partition? I am going to install F15 full version.

Please let me know as soon as possible.

Last edited by sureshsaride; 09-28-2011 at 02:26 PM.
 
Old 09-28-2011, 04:59 PM   #9
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You could keep it simple - 1.5x RAM for your swap partition, the rest for / (see my comment regarding lvm above; others may have more info). If I were setting up that space for myself, I'd create an extended partition laid out as follows:
  • 1.5x RAM for swap
  • 1GB for a boot partition to be mounted on /boot
  • 20GB for / where I'd install Fedora (I would not use lvm)
  • the rest for a common storage area to be mounted on /mnt/Common

The bootloader would be installed to the MBR of the hard drive.
 
Old 09-29-2011, 03:55 AM   #10
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Smile Its quite working but a small glicth

I have partitioned my 100 GB free space into 500 MB /boot, 5GB /home, 13GB /usr etc.

But when I'm trying for /swap and /lvm I'm getting a pop up saying saying that these should be constrained in a single drive. Please select the drive, though I have selected the free space. What should I do at this step?

I'm very much thankful to u all for ur help
 
Old 09-30-2011, 07:05 AM   #11
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Question Hi friends.... I have done it almost...

I have created partitions like
/boot 500 mb, / 15gb, swap 6gb, /home 50 gb, /var 4 gb, LVM 15Gb and leff 10 gb unallocated.

I have made chages to hard disk too. But at the final moments I am having problem with network configuration.

I have no LAN (wired) or wireless, except A USB modem. I am not getting how to proceed from here.

Please let me no the addresses that I have to type, Couldn't I bypass this step?

Thanking you in anticipation.
 
Old 09-30-2011, 10:12 PM   #12
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Exclamation HI

Upon search I have found that Network bug comes when we use USB installation.

So someone advised to boot from DVD. But How to make Bootable DVD? I have tried it by using W7 inbuild writer and DVD not detected while installing. Then I have used Nero (Data DVD) and written ISO file as it it. Still its not detecting.

When I tried Boot (DVD) from Nero Burn, its asking me to go for UDF compilation as the file is bigger than 2GB.

How to make a bootable DVD? Please suggest me step by step method dudes.
 
Old 09-30-2011, 10:38 PM   #13
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Quote:
Upon search I have found that Network bug comes when we use USB installation.
??And what exactly might that be??

Are you still trying to install Fedora? Did you download a dvd iso file of Fedora? If you have the iso file and it is 2GB and you want it on the DVD, you need to select to burn it as an image, not data!!

I'm not really sure what you are trying to do now?
 
Old 10-01-2011, 11:45 AM   #14
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Thumbs up Thanks to you all... Installing Fedora along with Windows 7 Ultimate

And congratulations for myself....

Out of C, D, E partitions made by me with windows, I have deleted drive D from the partitions using Disk Management option, Start--> Computer---> Right Click ---> Select Manage---> Select Disk Management, (This is for Windows 7 Ultimate)select the partition you wish to install Fedora. Then Right click it, select Delete Volume. This will make the partition green in color, implying that its free space.

Make the copy of Fedora iso file on a DVD (Don't go for USB installer, it won't install until you configure network). For Nero under "Nero Start Smart" select "Copy Image" or Click on "Open Project" (go it will open a dialog box, locate your iso file. Then keep writing speed either at 4X or 6X. **Don't select data dvd option** {{I tried to show screen shots, but I'm not able to paste here}}


Now in Fedora, go for Custom Layout, then do partitions. You can do /, /boot, /home, /var etc directly. But when you do partition for swap and LVM ( Physical Volume) it will ask you to select the device. You can select single drive that is your hard drive (if your fedora shows only one) it won't erase the data in other partitions {It's my experience, but better back up your data if you are not confident}. I suggest you to follow the order of partitions as /boot, /, swap, then LVM (Else it won't possible, my experience) then /home, /var etc. Then " Write changes to Disk", it won't effect any other partition.[But better back up your data if you are not confident]

And finally, you are ready for final installation, (please follow Fedora installation guide for change of device, you can continue with Grub boot loader in /dev/sda, it will be there by default if you do DVD installation). And Congratulations after installing 1206 packages in case of Fedora 15, it will ask for reboot, where you can set time etc. From then on your Fedora is ready to use.

For any more doubts in this procedure and for clarification you can contact me on indiarocks.linuxfedora15@gmail.com

Wish you all the best dudes...
 
  


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