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Old 01-15-2008, 09:43 PM   #1
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not enough space left to create partition for None

I am trying to install Fedora 8 on my system. I have windows xp, Linux Mint, Gobolinux, and PCLOS. I have about 95GB left unused on my hard drive. I keep getting this error when I try to create partitions: "not enough space left to create partition for None". I have sda1, sda2, sda3 with 8 partitions under sda3 which is extended.

I have the one drive - 250 GB. When I try to install, I first choose English and then the custom partition item. When I create the first partition it is named /dev/sda4. when I try to create the second partition is when I get the error message. I took a screen shot of gparted's look at my hd but haven't figured out how to get it into this message.

Thanks for any help. I have looked at the forum for something similar but haven't found anything yet.
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could you start by posting the output of fdisk -l /dev/sda
Old 01-16-2008, 04:55 PM   #3
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from the live cd

I opened terminal and logged in as root and anything that I typed concerning fdisk gave me: bash: fdisk: command not found.

Should I do it while in another distro that I can run?

Ok here is the output of fdisk on my system:

Disk /dev/sda: 250.0 GB, 250059350016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 2662 21382483+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 2663 3513 6835657+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda3 3514 17980 116206177+ 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 3514 7160 29294496 83 Linux
/dev/sda6 7161 7403 1951866 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda7 * 7404 8316 7333641 83 Linux
/dev/sda8 8317 12232 31455238+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda9 12233 12493 2096451 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda10 12494 12759 2136613+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda11 12760 14064 10482381 83 Linux
/dev/sda12 14065 17980 31455238+ 83 Linux


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It's because anaconda is too stupid. Just use gparted to extend sda3 to the end of the (physical) disk.
Then try again. Be aware you will soon run out of partitions. Maybe re-use a single swap partition rather than allocate a new one each time.
Old 01-16-2008, 05:43 PM   #5
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Thanks syg00, I will try that and see if it works. I have a backup of any my important files on my main distro, pclos. The others I am just looking at. Mostly I am still trying to learn linux, but one day I hope to switch away from Windows. Right now I am still tied to Quickbooks and Excel. I know that Open Office Calc is a good replacement for Excel but I have to use Excel and QB at work and don't have time to try and figure out calc right now. Not sure about replacing QB. I haven't found anything in open source that fits the bill. I am also holding back on trying to replace QB until I feel more at home in linux. Old people take longer to understand stuff.

I was not able to use qparted to add the partitions. Qparted would only let me create a primary partition, which I didn't want. I ended up going into Windows and using Acronis Disk Director. On the first run ADD named the root partition /-1 and the home partition /home. I didn't notice that none of the other linux partitions didn't have names. So I did the install and then changed the name of those partitions somehow (don't remember). When I went to boot from the hard drive it choked on the "LABEL/1" as it was called. So I had to go back into windows/ADD and blank the label and then re-install f8 again. At present I am tweaking f8 and trying to update the software. It thinks that another application is running and accessing software information. Will have to figure that one out. This thread is solved.

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