Problem installing Fedora 9 on External 250 Gig USB Drive on Sony laptop
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Problem installing Fedora 8 on External 250 Gig USB Drive on Sony laptop
Problem installing Fedora 8 on External 250 Gig USB Drive
I am attempting to Install Fedora 8 on a External Hard Drive Attached via a USB port to a Sony VGN-SZ330P currently running Windows XP Pro.
The External Drive is.....: WD 2500BEV External USB Devive
per Windows Hardware Profile
The Drive shows (Under Windows) Type..: Local Disk
File System..: FAT32
Used Space...: 85.6 Gigs FREE SPACE...: 147 GIGS
The system finds and 'boots' from the DVD.
Fedora Splash Screeen come up – I Select NEXT
I select English for the Install Lnaguage and the keyboard.
1st I Tried this
Then a screen come up that says: Installation requires partitiong of your hard disk. By default a
partition layout is chosen which is reasonable for most users
| Use FREE SPACE on selected drives and create default layout
Select the drives to use for this installation
| | sda 114471 MB ATAST9120821AS - Internal Hard Drive
| X | sdb 238473 WD2500BEV External
I changed the options so ONLY the sdb is selected and that the option
Use FREE SPACE on selected drives and create default layout
is selected. And select NEXT
Error Comes Up:
Partitioning failed: Could not allocate partitions as primary
partitions as primary partitions.
Not enough space to create partition for /boot
HELP, the drive , per WINDOWS has over 147 GIGS of free space !!!
Why is the Install not using this “free space” ?
It may be free space, but that doesn't mean it isn't part of a partition (slightly different concepts and the installer needs unpartitioned space).
If you have a version of linux running, use fdisk to see what partitions are on the drive. Otherwise I'm sure there is a Windows equivalent.
If the whole disk is assigned to the FAT partition (I suspect this is the case), then you will either need to shrink the FAT partition or effectively start again and create a FAT partition and leave some space for Fedora.
Again you can do this from Windows or linux (don't ask me how from Windows though). If you have any data on this drive, back it up before you do anything.
In Linux, a tool like gparted is ideal, or if you want, download PartedMagic, a specific live CD distro with partitioning tools. You can get it from www.distrowatch.com.
btw - are you installing F8 or F9?
Last edited by billymayday; 03-27-2008 at 06:44 AM.