Originally Posted by fabe856
I have windows 7 installed on my laptop. I want to install fedora 17 on a separate partition D (27 GB). Please suggest what should I do to make it dual bootable and retain windows 7.
I just went thru this procedure myself. And installing Fedora 17 alongside of Win's 7 went well.
Before I could install Fedora I had to shrink the Win's 7 partition.
Your Windows partition will look something like this:
dev/sda 1 (size in MB or in GB) NTFS
dev/sda 2 (size in MB or in GB) NTFS (Reserved)
dev/sda 3 (size in MB or in GB) NTFS Should be the largest partition (this is your Win's 7 OS)
I used the live Fedora 17 DVD/CD to look at these partitions and wrote them down.
I than shrunk the Win's 7 partition approx. in 1/2 Here is the instructions for that:
It's in megabytes so do your math.
After I shrunk Win's 7 I used the Free Space that the Fedora Installer showed me and created my partitions from that Free Space.....Like so-
dev/sda 5 /boot ext3 20GB or 20480 in MB
dev/sda 6 swap 4GB or 4096 in MB
dev/sda 7 /home ext3 4GB or 4096 in MB
dev/sda /root ext4 4GB or 4096 in MB
Some folks don't use or make a swap the call is yours to make.
Wish you the best