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Old 13th October, 2010, 07:47 PM
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Fedora 12 on External Drive

My friend is trying to install Fedora 12 on his 300 Gig external hard drive.
Currently there is 4 partitions
1. free space 20 Gigs
2. ntfs 20 Gigs
3. ntfs 20 Gigs
4 ntfs 100 Gigs
5 free space 100+ Gigs (whatever is left)

He currently has VMware running Windows 7 on the NTFS partitions but is having problems install Fedora 12.

We have tried allowing Fedora to aubtomatically install itsself but it says there is not enough free space.
We also tried custom layout and using LVM, but get the same error.
Last, we tried creating ext3 partition but there is an error about no /boot partition. So we set the ext3 as a /boot partition and we will still get that error again.

The final scenario is, now the install is locking up.
What do you propose?
formatting the whole drive and starting over?
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My friend is trying to install Fedora 12 on his 300 Gig external hard drive.
Currently there is 4 partitions
1. free space 20 Gigs
2. ntfs 20 Gigs
3. ntfs 20 Gigs
4 ntfs 100 Gigs
5 free space 100+ Gigs (whatever is left)
Yeah, none of the distro installers get partitioning right.

When you say "free space", do you mean "no partition" or "a partition with nothing in it"?

In Windows I'd create an NTFS partition in place of (1.), move (2.) to (1.), move (3.) to (2.), delete (3.) so that you have 2x20GB partitions and 120GB or so of free space.

Then restart Fedora's installer. It should handle single contiguous free spaces better than multiple split free spaces.
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Old 13th October, 2010, 08:04 PM
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free space: a partition with nothing on it. It is not formatted yet.
thats what I thought. keep two NTFS partitions for windows then use the rest for linux.
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