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Old 10-01-2013, 03:23 PM   #1
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Problem with Redhat installation dual-boot(window 7)

I do have windows 7 already installed on my laptop.I want to install Redhat along with it.When I try to install it gives error"Could not find enough free space for automatic partitioning,pleas use other partitioning method".I feel it has something to do with disk management in Windows 7.My partitioning is shown in screenshot.Please suggest as how to proceed on this.
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Old 10-01-2013, 04:21 PM   #2
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first are you going to buy the required redhat support contract
if you are going to use RHEL6.4 you DO need to buy the license and register the install
the STD 1 year support contract for redhat on a desktop is $299 per year
there is a $49/year but if you have to ask on installing then you will need the "Standard Subscription (1 year)"

if you are NOT going to buy the required license , then do not use RHEL
instead install one of the FREE rebuilds
CentOS 6.4
ScientificLinux 6.4

as to partitioning
free up a primary partition using the win7 tools ( win7 made some changes to the ntfs format )
blank the partition leave it unformated
this might require Gparted live cd

over the years i have found that the ONLY way to win the war with Microsoft is " not to play the game"

leave the win7 bootloader INTACT !!! on the MBR
install grub to the FIRST linux partition . A small 200 meg partition you will have to make with gparted
formatted to "ext3" ( ps MS windows can NOT read non Microsoft owned/patented drive formats )
then install RHEL to the "/" and "/home" partitions you made using gparted ( these will be "ext4" format )

then set the bios to boot from the LINUX /boot partition and NOT from the windows bootloader
RHEL will auto add a option to boot windows
windows will NEVER be able to boot RHEL
but RHEL can very easily boot windows

also you might want to read the redhat RHEL 6.4 install guide

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Old 10-02-2013, 02:04 AM   #3
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The reason of the error is because there is no free space (un-partitioned or the fresh disk space) left for Linux OS, so that it can automatically create the required partitions. This is because Windows 7 has already created and formatted the partitions C D E.
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...also, I see four primary partitions. You may need to make one an extended with a couple logical ones inside.
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Just remove one partition from win7, make it as unallocated in that, and start installing linux, when you come to partition steps you must have to select free space to create new partition...

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