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Old 01-20-2003, 12:37 PM   #1
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Problems with partitioning in RH 8.0

Hi everybody...

Iīm trying to install RH 8.0 but canīt create all the partiotions i want even tough there is over 11GB of free space. I want 2 dualboot with W2k and my current HDD layout looks like this:

hd1 4996 MB primary FAT32
hda5 2996 MD logical + extended NTFS
Free 11476 MB starting at 1020cyl and ends at 2482cyl.

My HDD model is IBM-DJNA-352030 and has recently been zeroed out, even the MBR, before i reinstalled W2k. I can make 2 partitions (boot and /) and using like 3 GB of space but then it is stops. Canīt create any more, it just says "Canīt allocate partiotion.

When i choose 2 make a install using the automatic partition option it says something like that it canīt allocate any primary partition and that i havenīt declared a / partition, isnīt that suppose to happen auto during this opt?? I choose the option where it is gonna use the free space and not touch the already exisiting partitions.

Anyone got any ideas why this happens?? My cdīs that were made from .ISO is ok, burned them at low speed and choosed the test media option in the beginning of the install and they all passed..

Thx in advance and hope someone can help me..

The newbie...
Old 01-20-2003, 12:52 PM   #2
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Have you tried the text install?

When starting the installation, choose to perform a text-based install, to see what happens.

If you have W2K installed, you should have a primary partition already set. You should be able to create another secondary partition for RH. Remember that you can only have 4 primary partitions on your hard disk.

Check your disk for hw errors using a testing or burn-out software to see if you have a problem with the hd.

Have you tried changing the hd to another machine and to start the install using the same CDs?

Hope this helps.

Old 01-20-2003, 05:23 PM   #3
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Partition yourself using Disk Druid. Make a 25MB /boot, make a swap partition twice the size of your ram, then leave the rest as "/", see if that doesn'twork for you...
Old 01-21-2003, 06:31 AM   #4
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Hi..To solve the problem i had to delete my existing extended part with the logical part in it 4 W2k and then i created a new extended part using all the rest of the free space.
Then i created the logical part that i previosly deleted again for W2k with same space it had earlier and used the rest of the free space in the extended part for Linux and it worked great..

I tried both your solutions but they didnīt work...And i ran a HDD test and my HDD had no errors..I canīt understand why i only can install RH on the extended part and not on a new own primary part?? Anybody got any ideas why that is??

Anyway it works now and thx 4 your help people

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You can only have one extended partition. Max. 4 primary partitions or 3 primary and 1 extended.


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