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Old 11-21-2009, 08:40 AM   #1
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ubuntu 9.10 partition issue - unusable space


Hi

Im trying to install ubuntu 9.10 on my netbook. The drive has already been partitioned from factory, 160gb - 80gb windows xp - 80gb empty that i have deleted trying to create a partition for ubuntu

i have selected manual partition after unetbootin it (think this is 4th step), and deleted 77gb of space. Now the problem is that when i select 25gb for the "/" ubuntu system it carries out a process and states that its partitioned it for ubuntu.

Once that is done the remainder 50gb becomes UNUSABLE and i cant partition again for swap or home!

ive tried a number of different things.
Any suggestions to fix this are welcome!

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Old 11-21-2009, 08:51 AM   #2
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Welcome to LQ eeeBu!

Now, your trying to install 9.10 via Unetbootin?

Please be more descriptive about the install process and tell us about your hardware, ram,etc
 
Old 11-21-2009, 09:09 AM   #3
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thanks

i thought i was being descriptive, anyway i'll try to explain it as well as i can.
Its got a 1.66ghz intel atom, 1gb RAM, 160 gb HD (total).

it came from the factory in two partitions, 80gb xp and 80gb free (NTFS format)

ive got a flash stick with ubuntu and ive booted it, tried to installed it, went until the step about partitioning and got stuck.

After selecting manual partition, i deleted the other 80gb that was free in NTFS format and now its shown as "Free space". i then selected 25gb out of that free space and select it to have the ubunutu system on (thats the "/" i think).

after that i cant use the rest of the 50gb!

im trying to partition 80gb (77gb to be precise) as such:

25gb /
2 gb swap
1gb boot
45gb /home

i dont know why i cant add more than one partition....

thanks in advance
 
Old 11-21-2009, 09:26 AM   #4
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your limited to 4 primary partitions, so you need to make a extended and then make logical partitions in that

so...you gotta delete whatever is empty or just start over completely
you have a 160GB drive
with xp + the partitiions you wanna make for ubuntu = 5
so, you either got to make a extended partition
with Logical partitions in that
or get rid of the /boot and /home partitions
as they are not a necessity
I usually put everything under /

this is what My partition layout would be

80GB XP NTFS?
75GB Ubuntu EXT3 or EXT4
2GB swap

If you want more partitions; change that to

80GB XP NTFS primary
25GB / ext3 or ext4 primary
49GB Extended
45GB /Home ext3 or ext4 logical
1GB /boot ext3 or ext4 logical
2GB /swap logical
 
Old 11-21-2009, 09:51 AM   #5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by linus72 View Post
80GB XP NTFS?
75GB Ubuntu EXT3 or EXT4
2GB swap
Is there a difference if i have /home or have everything in / ?

ive tried that, you see the i currently have 80 gb NFTS

when i add (whilst installing ubuntu) 25gb or even 75gb for / i cant add an additional 2gb for the /swap
it only allows me to add one partition.

the rest of the free space becomes UNUSED and i cant use that space to add /swap or anything else :/
 
Old 11-21-2009, 09:59 AM   #6
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well; I have like 15-20+ distros on this PC at any time
so I couldn't have a /home, and whatever without having alot of issues

I just put everything under / when I install any distro
you can see to the left some of them<

heres my fdisk -l for this PC
note that its a mess and not a good example

Code:
Disk /dev/sda: 164.6 GB, 164696555520 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 20023 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00061093

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1   *           1          79      634536   83  Linux
/dev/sda2            9869       20023    81570037+   5  Extended
/dev/sda3              80        4895    38684520   83  Linux
/dev/sda4            4896        9868    39945622+  83  Linux
/dev/sda5           19741       20023     2273166   82  Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda6            9869       14877    40234729+  83  Linux
/dev/sda7           14878       15750     7012341   83  Linux
/dev/sda8           17407       19740    18747823+  83  Linux
/dev/sda9           15751       17406    13301788+  83  Linux

Partition table entries are not in disk order

Disk /dev/sdb: 80.0 GB, 80026361856 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9729 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x000374f1

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdb1               1        9320    74862868+  83  Linux
/dev/sdb2   *        9321        9729     3285292+  83  Linux
Note that sda3 & beyond are all logical partitions within the extended partition
you can have many logical partitions inside a extended partition

so, if your just gonna install Ubuntu and you want /home, etc you gotta redo
your 80GB you initially had for ubuntu

or just make it so

80GB XP NTFS?
75GB Ubuntu EXT3 or EXT4
2GB swap

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Old 11-21-2009, 10:26 AM   #7
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lol that looks like gibberish to me :P

ive just rebooted ubuntu from the usb stick and feel like such an eeeediot now!

ive noticed that i do have 5 partitions and according to your previous post ive reached the maximum.

heres what ive got:

sda1 ntfs 77375mb
sda2 ext4 25004mb
unusable 52362mb
sda3 fat32 5247mb
sda4 49mb


do i need fat 32?....well does XP need it?

could i maybe do it like this:

sda1 (leave it the same)
sda2 75
sda3 2 /swap
sda4 fat32
sda5 (leave it the same if necessary)

thanks linus 72 for your patience
 
Old 11-21-2009, 02:07 PM   #8
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problem sorted!

deleted the free space that was probably created by XP
so i was left with sda1 & sda3

then i created a sda2 for / and another sda4 for swap

thanks to linus!
 
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