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Old 09-18-2012, 08:20 PM   #1
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Too many partitions, not enough space to install fedora automatically: I have 20gbs!


So i have 20 gbs of unallocated space on my hard disk. I get this error when i try to install fedora using the "Use existing space" Option.

Shouldn't it create a new partition automatically? I have 400 gigs on my C: drive, and 20 gigs of Unallocated space. Why doesn't this work.

My theory is that this isn't truly unformatted space like i need. It says it's unallocated though?

So apparently you can only have four partitions. Is this true? In that case i can't install it? Here's a picture of my disk management. [2] http://i.imgur.com/fCbmh.png what should i do?
 
Old 09-18-2012, 08:23 PM   #2
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Your harddisk is setup to use Windows' dynamic partition layout. This is currently not supported by Linux. You won't be able to install Linux to that disk.
 
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You can only have 4 primary partitions if 1 of them is an extended or logical partition you can put the free space there then you'll be able to install.
 
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My apologies TobiSGD
 
Old 09-18-2012, 08:26 PM   #5
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So tobi, what should i do? I'm soooo confused.
 
Old 09-18-2012, 08:31 PM   #6
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I would recommend to use a virtual machine to try Linux. If you really want to make a native install on your harddisk you would have to make a total re-install of the entire machine.
 
Old 09-18-2012, 08:32 PM   #7
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Should i just say **** it, and use wubi ubuntu? I've done that before.
 
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If it works (I am not sure if Wubi works with dynamic partitions) than that would of course also be an option.
 
Old 09-19-2012, 11:43 AM   #9
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A quick search shows that Wubi doesn't work. The only solutions would seem to be
1. virtualisation
2. run Linux as a live system off a big USB stick
3. kill Windows!

I wondered if the dynamic installation could be shrunk (I know nothing about Windows — I've never had it) but the M$ website says you can only create partitions on a basic disk, so it looks like the dynamic system has to occupy the whole thing.
 
Old 09-19-2012, 03:29 PM   #10
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I don't care for wubi even though I read many people who love it.

One issue is where the space is. If at end then no you may need to create a bit more at the beginning to use for at least /boot.

DavidMcCann and TobiSGD are correct in that if you have a newish supported system and enough resources a VM is a great way to go.

An 8G usb is enough to install Fedora too if you want. You don't even need to use unetbootin or universal usb installer. A 16G is almost cheap now and you could run linux for a year or so on it I'd guess without ever running out of space. Some usb installs are funky once in a while too. The most safe way they work is the www.pendrivelinux.com ways.

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