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technowar 08-03-2009 07:49 AM

Fedora 11 partitioning problem.
So I am planning to install Fedora 11 on a laptop. It has 3 partitions, 40gb for my C: where Windows is installed, 80gb for my D: where everything is stored, and another 40gb for Fedora. Every time I tried to install Fedora in the partition reserved for him, I encountered a bug. I tried to use Create Custom Layout. There are 3 partitions in the table and are labeled NTFS. I deleted the partition reserved for my Fedora, it's a success. In that partition, I want to partition it again. 15gb for /, 13gb for /home, and 2gb for the swap. But once I labeled / as ext3 I will encounter a bug. I also tried changing my / as ext4, and still the same.

joeBuffer 08-03-2009 08:04 AM

There can only be 4 primary partitions on your hard disk, if you want more than 4 you need to use extended and logical partitions ... I'm a little confused by what you're saying, so I can't help much more ... what is the exact layout of your hard disk now? I mean partition number, etc. Also, I would use ext3 because going by what I've read, ext4 is still unstable and has bugs to be worked out ...
Or are you saying you're using Logical Volume Management?

technowar 08-03-2009 08:15 AM

This is the table in installing Fedora 11

.Hard Drives
-/dev/sda1 NTFS 38156 (This is C:, where Windows is installed)
->/dev/sda2 Extended 114470
-/dev/sda5 NTFS 76314 (This is D:)
-/dev/sda6 None 38155 (This is free)

I am planning to install my Fedora 11 in /dev/sda6.

joeBuffer 08-03-2009 08:27 AM

I might be a little confused still ... you need at least swap and / partitions.
sda6 is one partition. You need sda6 and sda7 at least.
If you're using the partitions you listed,

15gb for /, 13gb for /home, and 2gb for the swap.
you'll need sda6 sda7 and sda8. They're all single partitions.
Then you format them the way you want, and that's about it using Fedora ...

technowar 08-03-2009 08:33 AM

I am aware of that. But I can't get in to the part where I have to partition that free space and label it with / as ext3 because there's a bug, and /home as well as swap.

technowar 08-03-2009 09:20 AM

Anyone who could help me?

knudfl 08-03-2009 12:06 PM

1) Please select : " Select custom layout "
2) Mark sda6 > > Select : "Delete"
3) Mark sda2 > > Select : "New" > / > ext3
4) Mark sda2 > > Select : "New" > swap
5) Mark sda2 > > Select : "New" > /home > ext3
... and of course set the sizes.

The above should work, though I would newer use
Fedora for partitioning, but the live cd Gparted.
Good luck !

ThinkFree 08-03-2009 12:57 PM

Are you using livecd to install fedora?

johnsfine 08-03-2009 01:11 PM

The partitioning section of the Centos installer confused me every time. Probably most of what I wanted to do was there, but the UI and the flow of operations never made sense to me. From reading this and other threads, I don't think I'm alone in that reaction and Fedora probably hasn't improved it.

Since I have a Mepis liveCD anyway, and I know how to boot Mepis liveCD and run gparted, I have done that before installing Centos (sometimes after trying to install Centos initially and failing) on each of the several systems where I ultimately installed Centos.

I find it very easy in gparted to lay out the partitions I want to use for Centos.

I find it very easy in the Centos installer to point at the existing partitions and tell it to use this one for / and that one for /home and use the existing swap, and whatever other strange partitioning I wanted for that system.

gparted is annoyingly slow in a Mepis liveCD and I think that issue may be specific to the Mepis liveCD. I use it anyway, because it's what I'm used to. But if you want to get a liveCD for the purpose of running gparted, maybe you should pick a different one. A full featured liveCD is nice to have around, so I probably wouldn't select the liveCD that is exclusively gparted. I'd select some other liveCD that includes gparted.

Maybe knudfl already gave enough help to do the job right using the Fedora installer. If not, don't bang your head against the wall trying to figure it out. Use gparted before running the Fedora installer and set up your partitions using an understandable GUI.

technowar 08-04-2009 10:52 PM

LiveCD? I have downloaded it from the net. Can you consider it as live?

joeBuffer 08-04-2009 10:58 PM

From wikipedia:

A live CD or live DVD is a CD or DVD containing a bootable computer operating system.

technowar 08-04-2009 11:12 PM

So these CDs I have downloaded are live. I can boot from it,and explore the system without installing them.

joeBuffer 08-04-2009 11:13 PM

If you downloaded the Live CD .iso, yes.
What are the names of the .iso's you downloaded? Where did you get them from?

ThinkFree 08-05-2009 01:53 AM

If you are installing fedora11 from a livecd, then you are in a compulsion to create / partition as ext4 as installer just copies the files to your hard disk from cd without making any changes. And as /boot partition isn't supported to be ext4 as yet, you can't have /boot on / partition itself. /home can be ext3, ext 4 or any format you choose from installer options.
Thus use the following layout
/boot ext3
/ ext4
/home whatever you wish

joeBuffer 08-05-2009 10:40 AM

Yeah, I should've added something like that ...
I personally use ext2 for /boot and ext3 for /

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