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I have windows installed at the beginning of the hdd and another partition at the end of the hdd both NTFS.
I’m trying to installing FC5 and when i get to the part where it asks you to setup the partition I create a '/'(10GB) then a '/home'(4.5GB) and when I go to create the swat it says:
"Could not allocate requested partition: Partitioning failed: Could not allocate partition."
And apart form telling it couldn't do it, it tell me nothing, help would be appreciated.
Also i plan on install another distro of Linux, so that make three OSs can i use the same Swap and possibly other file of the FC5 file system excluding the root of course.
Ahhhhh I think I know the problem...maybe you have a 50GB extended partition and the 20GB NTFS is a logical one in this extended partition? If that is the case, you have 30MB free IN YOUR EXTENDED PARTITION where only windows logical partitions can be inserted, because it is a Windows Extended one (not a Linux extended one). Couldn't that be true? I don't want to give you instructions because I don't know if it is the case, but please check if the 30GB free are on the disk or in your windows extended partition.
no just free space, Also i tried again but in a different order root first swap second and when i came to creating the 3rd /home it gave me the error again so i think it might have some thing to do with the number of partitions created. also i remember something about, Your not ment to have more the the primarys and one extended or just four primarys, but i think maybe that might just for windows..
Well, the rule is: you can have only 3 primary partitions and one extended. Inside this extended, you can have many logical partitions. See how is my HD set up:
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hdb1 1 783 6289416 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/hdb2 784 914 1052257+ 82 Linux swap
/dev/hdb3 915 9729 70806487+ 5 Extended
/dev/hdb5 915 3525 20972826 83 Linux
/dev/hdb6 3526 5092 12586896 83 Linux
/dev/hdb7 5093 6659 12586896 83 Linux
/dev/hdb8 6660 8226 12586896 83 Linux
/dev/hdb9 8227 9729 12072816 83 Linux
See? In this case partitions from hdb5 to hdb9 are logicals, and hdb3 is linux extended.
I don't know if you can have more than one extended partition, but I believe you can't. What is the porpouse of creating an extended windows partition with one logical drive occupying all of its size? No, the best thing you can do, assuming your hard drive is hda:
hda1 = Primary NTFS 20GB
hda2 = Primary NTFS 20GB
hda3 = EXTENDED Linux
hda5 = Linux swap and its size is the double size of your RAM (but if you have more than 512MB, the guys recommend you to keep it at 1024MB)
hda6 = Linux / ocuppying the rest of the disk
I don't know Fedora Installer, but I believe you don't need to make a /home partition. Just if you want to custom your /home directory size, but if you are new to Linux, I think you would not feel this needed.
So, hda3 is an extended partition which size is 30GB, hda5 is a logical swap INSIDE this extended partition ocuppying 1GB and '/' is a logical Linux Native (reiserfs formatted) partition occuptying 29GB (the rest of the HD).