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Old 01-20-2005, 10:31 AM   #1
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Question Unusual Partitioning Problems


Hi,
I am attempting to install Fedora Core 3 on a notebook that has XP installed. Using Paragon Partition I have created free space, about 8 Gig.

Automatic partitioning fails, so i use Disk Druid. With Disk Druid i am only able assign *one* partition - after that i get the message that it could not allocate the partition. For this one partition i am able to pick any size or type i choose (boot, root, swap). The next partition will not assign, regardless of type or size (even though there is free space left).

This may be due to the weird config of my hard drive - i have hda1, hda2, hda4 and hda5 (no hda3).

The first (and only) partition i am able to allocate gets assigned as hda3. After that it fails to allocate, my guess is that Linux wants all its hda# assignments to be continuous. Attempting to move and or add more partitions in XP works fine, but does not fill in the hole for hda3.

I recently installed on a different PC, had to use disk Druid, but it worked fine. So i probably have 2 out of 3 essential clues, please help with the missing link!

Thank you for your time,
Steve


(exact error message below)
Could not allocate requested partitions:
Partitioning failed. Could not allocate partitions.
 
Old 01-20-2005, 11:18 AM   #2
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did u get the error when trying to resize your C: drive?
 
Old 01-20-2005, 11:35 AM   #3
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Hi,
I actually did not resize my c drive. I had the free space from when I initially had Red Hat (some old version).

Upgrade didnt work for me (partition complaints) so I deleted / formatted all the RH partitions and ran Fdisk to restore the MBR.

All of this was error free, and install of Fedora works fine until i attempt to allocate the second partition in Disk Druid.
Thanks!
Steve
 
Old 01-20-2005, 11:53 AM   #4
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try using Win fdisk to add the extra partitions, then during the fedora install you can format them as ext3 and swap.
 
Old 01-20-2005, 05:36 PM   #5
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Talking

IT WORKED!!
I used paragon partition to create extra partitions. At first it didnt want to let me create more than one partition (sort of like the problem i had with Disk Druid). So i resized my secondary partition, and added 3 more partitions for Linux (Boot=100MB, Swap=500MB, Root=7GB). Back in Disk Druid i tried to assign using the 'new' button - didnt work. So i used the 'edit' button and selected the format drive option. Install & etc went smoothly after that.
Thank you!!
Steve
 
Old 01-23-2005, 02:19 PM   #6
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DUDE!!u said u deleted the partitions! it didn't work 'cos u were trying to add partitions to a disk w/ no allocatable space
 
  


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