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Old 03-25-2008, 03:52 AM   #1
al baker
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Problem installing Fedora 8 on External 250 Gig USB Drive on Sony laptop


Problem installing Fedora 8 on External 250 Gig USB Drive


I am attempting to Install Fedora 8 on a External Hard Drive Attached via a USB port to a Sony VGN-SZ330P currently running Windows XP Pro.

The External Drive is.....: WD 2500BEV External USB Devive
per Windows Hardware Profile

The Drive shows (Under Windows) Type..: Local Disk
File System..: FAT32
Used Space...: 85.6 Gigs
FREE SPACE...: 147 GIGS


The system finds and 'boots' from the DVD.
Fedora Splash Screeen come up – I Select NEXT
I select English for the Install Lnaguage and the keyboard.

1st I Tried this
-----------------
Then a screen come up that says:
Installation requires partitiong of your hard disk. By default a
partition layout is chosen which is reasonable for most users


===========================================================
| Use FREE SPACE on selected drives and create default layout
===========================================================

Select the drives to use for this installation

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| | sda 114471 MB ATAST9120821AS - Internal Hard Drive
---
----
| X | sdb 238473 WD2500BEV External
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I changed the options so
ONLY the sdb is selected and that the option
Use FREE SPACE on selected drives and create default layout

is selected. And select NEXT

Error Comes Up:
Error Partitioning
==================

Partitioning failed: Could not allocate partitions as primary
partitions as primary partitions.

Not enough space to create partition for /boot


HELP, the drive , per WINDOWS has over 147 GIGS of free space !!!
Why is the Install not using this “free space” ?

What is wrong and how do I fix it ?

Thanks so very much for any and all help

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Old 03-25-2008, 09:27 PM   #2
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It may be free space, but that doesn't mean it isn't part of a partition (slightly different concepts and the installer needs unpartitioned space).

If you have a version of linux running, use fdisk to see what partitions are on the drive. Otherwise I'm sure there is a Windows equivalent.

If the whole disk is assigned to the FAT partition (I suspect this is the case), then you will either need to shrink the FAT partition or effectively start again and create a FAT partition and leave some space for Fedora.

Again you can do this from Windows or linux (don't ask me how from Windows though). If you have any data on this drive, back it up before you do anything.

In Linux, a tool like gparted is ideal, or if you want, download PartedMagic, a specific live CD distro with partitioning tools. You can get it from www.distrowatch.com.

btw - are you installing F8 or F9?

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Old 03-27-2008, 05:48 AM   #3
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intstalling F8

so you are saying i can pull down LIVE DISTRO am SHRINK the FAT partition
an then the install should work ?

Do you know if the has the needed tools on it to to this ??
 
Old 03-27-2008, 05:52 AM   #4
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Actully

[I am tryin to install COLOR="Red"]FEDORA 8 [/COLOR]
 
Old 03-27-2008, 06:47 AM   #5
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I don't understand
Quote:
Do you know if the has the needed tools on it to to this ??
, but if the question is "does the Fedora live CD have the necessary tool", I don't know. As I said above, PartedMagic does.

Make sure you backup before trying to shrink anything
 
Old 03-27-2008, 08:14 AM   #6
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I don't understand , but if the question is "does the Fedora live CD have the necessary tool", I don't know. As I said above, PartedMagic does.

Make sure you backup before trying to shrink anything

I have pulled th ISO down for Parted Magic.
All I need to do is SHRINK the FAT partition, THEN resart the Install and it will "find" the new "free space" and all will be good ???

Am I following you correctly ?
 
Old 03-27-2008, 08:14 AM   #7
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I don't understand , but if the question is "does the Fedora live CD have the necessary tool", I don't know. As I said above, PartedMagic does.

Make sure you backup before trying to shrink anything

I have pulled th ISO down for Parted Magic.
All I need to do is SHRINK the FAT partition, THEN restart the Install and it will "find" the new "free space" and all will be good ???

Am I following you correctly ?
 
Old 03-27-2008, 03:13 PM   #8
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That should be right.

Reiterating backup advice!!!
 
  


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