fedora 11 partitioning - could not create partition : not enough free space available
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You can only have 4 primary partitions
As I can see it the first one is where windows is.
Second primary is the extended
So you already use 2 of the 4
That means that in rest of 98 G you can create 2 more primary partitions
But besides the 2 primary partitions you can create a secondary partitions
Hope it helps
I definitely understand the problem you face: it happened to me before.
YOU HAVE CONSUMED ALL OF YOUR 150G EXTENDED PARTITION FOR THE WINDOWS DATA. RIGHT? RIGHT. YOUR REMAINING FREE SPACE IS NOT LOCATED IN THE EXTENDED PARTITION SO YOU ARE NOW DEVOID OF FURTHER FREEDOM TO CREATE AS MANY AS YOU CAN. YOU ONLY HAVE TWO (2) REMAINING SLICES. AND IF YOU WILL NOT USE ALL OF IT YOU WILL LOSE IT FOREVER UNTIL YOU WILL REFORMAT THE ENTIRE EXTENDED 150G WHICH I SUPPOSE YOU ARE NOT CURRENTLY PREPARED TO DO BECAUSE OF THE DATA ON IT.
Create one (1) partition for the root / (say 10gigs is more than enough including the future);
Then create the remaining 80gigs for your /home. (If you choose a size lesser than the remaining you will lose chance of using it further.
These two partitions: / and /home are automatically set as Primary Partitions. After this you can no longer add any further, so you should consume all of the remaining spaces for the /home partition.
This should teach everyone the all time important lesson:
Sit down. Think. Project a meaningful plan. Before you start partitioning a big hard drive! Because gParted presumes YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING.
I hope this helps.
Last edited by malekmustaq; 07-02-2009 at 12:29 PM.
Sorry for not having back soon, too busy field works these days could hardly get into computing. Anyway if you still need these:
Q--"I read your post, but I still see a problem i.e. if I do the same as you have told me - I will still have to create the "SWAP" partition, but it says the same error.
"could allocate partition
not enough free space on the disk""
---As I have said all spaces are appropriated according to the plan I suggested above. This means: no more space for additional partitions (swap or whatever) as after two partition slices are made then the 4 primary-partition-limit is already reached.
---Solution: I assumed you have a very good RAM, with this you don't need a swap for the sake of running linux (I am running this unit I have now without swap, and I only have a 1G ram) if you can take it you may run without swap like me
Q--"and I would also love to to create "/boot" partition as in case of trouble it is easy in re-install grub without affecting the rest partitions."
--- you have a good idea of allocating separate /boot partition, but this option is a matter of taste and luxury, which, in your case we don't have that luxury anymore
--- solution: /boot is automatically created at root when no partition is specified; actually I only had one system that runs a separate /boot partition; with Slackware I didn't see much worry ahead about this issue. If you may take this advice you may not need another partition for /boot
Q--"and it worked beautifully. and I am sure that if i try to install f 7 again... it would let me do anything with the hard drive that i want to do"
--- Well it worked of course, you had the luxury of partitions, this time we don't have it anymore
Anyway sunboy, if you can create a separate backup of your existing data from that hard drive you I'd advise you back them up then REFORMAT ACCORDING TO A GOOD LONG TERM PLAN. That's the best way to do. Give about 75% of the drive space to Logical partition, here you can put anything, /boot, swap, / or data, as many as you want. You only need to control the MBR to boot any linux within logical area. Give the three primary partitions to M$ and your favorite distro or do anything with that.
hope this helps.
Last edited by malekmustaq; 07-25-2009 at 12:24 PM.