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Hopefully someone will know what's going on here...
Whenever I try to install Fedora Core, when I get to the dialog box where I define the partitioning I want, whenever I click "Next", I get the following error messages:
The first box, labeled "Error Partitioning", says "Could not allocate requested partitions: Partitioning failed: Could not allocate partitions as primary partitions.
The second box, labeled "Automatic Partitioning Errors", says "The following errors occurred with your partitioning: You have not defined a root partition (/), which is required for installation of Fedora Core to continue. This can happen if there is not enough space on your hard drive(s) for the installation. You can choose a different automatic partitioning option, or click 'Back' to select manual partitioning. Press 'OK' to continue.
I have two physical hard drives on my system. My main drive, which has a 40-GB capacity, only 3GB of which is used, has Windows 98 SE on it, and I plan to keep this partition. My other drive is a 30-GB drive that wasn't formatted the first time I tried this. Therefore, I formatted it in Windows (it's blank now and it's the drive I wanna use for Linux, be it Fedora Core or another distro if I should never be able to get Fedora Core to install), thinking that that might somehow get me through this impasse, but it didn't. In the installation options, I first tried Custom installation and got the above error messages and then tried the Workstation and Standard installation options, but still kept getting those error messages both times. I took a look at manual partitioning, and you're right -- I have NO idea at all just what I'm supposed to do with Fedora's manual partitioning dialog box!
Anyhoo, can someone here tell me why I'm running into such an impasse here when trying to install Fedora Core?
"I have NO idea at all just what I'm supposed to do with Fedora's manual partitioning dialog box!"
First delete all of the partitions on your 30G drive. Then create a 512M primary partition for swap. Then create a 3 approximately 10G primary partitions. The first partition will be /. Use the remaining partitions for future Linux installs so that you do not have to overwrite your stable Linux distribution with the one the next one you install.
If you want, you can put /home in one of the spare partitions. That makes saving your data easier in future installs.