Hi. I am trying to install a dual boot of Slackware and Windows 7 on my laptop, and I am having all sorts of trouble with the partitions. The computer came with 4 OEM primary partitions that can't be deleted, so I found a Windows tool called Mini Tool Partition Wizard to turn the least crucial one of these partitions into a logical partition, which is to say that it put an extended partition around it and made it logical.
So then, I went in with Gparted and shrank my C: partition, moved the next partition so they would be side by side, and grew and the extended partition to fill the empty space. From here I thought it would be easy to create two Slackware partitions inside the extended one--one for the whole system and one for swap (I will add a home partition later, but right now don't have the space for it and I just want to get everything working).
The first part of this plan worked fine. However, when I try to create the swap partition, I get the following Gparted error:
GParted 0.9.1 --enable-libparted-dmraid
Create Logical Partition #1 (linux-swap, 8.40 GiB) on /dev/sda 00:00:01 ( ERROR )
create empty partition 00:00:00 ( SUCCESS )
size: 17618944 (8.40 GiB)
set partition type on /dev/sda7 00:00:01 ( SUCCESS )
new partition type: linux-swap(v1)
create new linux-swap file system 00:00:00 ( ERROR )
mkswap -L "" /dev/sda7
/dev/sda7: No such file or directory
After this error, Gparted and fdisk -l look like this:
This is my first attempt at fdisk, but despite the Gparted message about /dev/sda7 not existing, doesn't fdisk show it right there? Maybe I'm not interpreting this right.
To see if I could fix whatever was wrong with cfdisk during the Slackware installation, I popped in the Slackware DVD and booted it up. But cfdisk will not even run, giving me a fatal error about partition overlap.
I would really appreciate some help figuring this out.