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I have googled all over the place and have even found a few guides, but I can't seem to get it down. Every time I try to install Fedora 16 it doesn't seem to detect any of my Windows 7 partitions and it tries to install on the whole hard drive instead of dual-booting. Whenever it examines the storage devices it says, "The device selected may have data on it, keep any data, or discard." When I choose to keep the data it says that there are no usable drives even though there is +500GB of free space and when I choose to discard any data it tries to install on the whole hard drive.
Location: Somewhere inside 9.9 million sq. km. Canada
Distribution: Slackware 14.1, current
You have to create at least one partition to install linux on. That is true for any distro. If you have 500 gig of unused space, create a boot partition, or about 15 gig. This is where the root file system goes. You should create a small swap partition. If you have a gig of ram or more, this can be small. Create one more linux partition for /home. This is where your users go, and all their data.
There are graphical partitioning tools, I thought Fedora would have one in the install. Run it if you can. The 15 gig partition should be marked bootable. You have to format them also. Linux uses different file systems than windoze. You should be offered ext4 for the root partition and home. Swap is swap.
Simply put, you can not install until you partition.
Your google machine must not be working well. I googled how to install fedora 16 and got a lot of hits including some simple step-by-step tutorials. You don't give much information. Firstly, nothing on your partition setup. Also, when installing Fedora, you have the option to select the type of device - Basic Storage or Specialized Storage. You then are prompted to give your computer a name, select your time zone and enter a root password after which you have five options for the installation. It would probably be best to select Basic Storage and when you get to the Type of Installation, select Custom as this will give you more control.
It would be helpful to you if you were to post some partition information and indicate at which point during the installation you are having these problems. Below is a link to one tutorial on youtube.
I think I may have found the root to my issue. I just did a fresh windows 7 install and in the disk utility it says that the partitioning scheme is GUID instead of MBR, I think that may be what is causing the installer to not recognize any usable storage devices. Ive also tried to manually create my partitions through the disk utility and it gives me an error about GUID, so thats why I thought it would have something to do with the GUID scheme. My windows partition is 150GB of a 750GB HDD, would the size of the hard drive/partition be the cause? How would I fix this?
I figured it out! For some reason after I installed Windows 7 my hard drive would automatically switch everything to the GUID scheme (I think it was because it used to be a full fedora hard drive) so I had to manually format it to MBR before I installed Windows 7. That's a strange glitch/detail that I didn't find on google.