Problem partitioning hard disk

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  1. emekadavid

    emekadavid Member Staff Writer

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    I have a problem partitioning my hard disk. When I ask Fedora 17 to do it automatically through free space available, or even looking for ext4 partitions, it gives this report: could not find free space for automatic partitioning; please use another partitioning method.
    I then tried custom install, which i am really afraid of. I got this report:
    sda(/dev/sda) : sda4 => size 68269 mb; type unknown.

    the sda4 in question consists, i believe of, on my windows 7 machine:
    H:, an ntfs partition of 50GB, and *:, an unallocated partition of 16GB.
    H: is used for file storage and has System: None, Type: ---, on windows.

    sda1, sda2, and sda3 report similar to windows 7 partition. where I have two ntfs partition, one is c: (boot) and *: (system).
    thanks

  2. Killers

    Killers New Member

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  3. Codypy1

    Codypy1 Member

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    Why don't you use gparted?
  4. emekadavid

    emekadavid Member Staff Writer

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    somebody already recommended it. will download it when ready for the sturborn disk.
  5. Cristal Skull

    Cristal Skull Member

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    login as root , and type in console : cfdisk /dev/sda4 , and post it the output
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    SLW210 Member

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  7. Cristal Skull

    Cristal Skull Member

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    ..or , under windows , you should made ,,shrink volume" , and define a new volume=16Gb , because a 16Gb space is not a partition , just unallocated space; a partition requires a filesystem.
    At the bottom line , on windows 7 , right-click My Computer>Manage>Disk Management>and the you must view the unallocated space>right-click>new volume...done!
  8. emekadavid

    emekadavid Member Staff Writer

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    it'll be like speaking french to my grandmother. done that years ago.
  9. grim76

    grim76 Active Member Staff Writer

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    Is /dev/sda4 already there? I bet you are running up against you can have only 4 primary partitions. The 4th partition would likely have to be a logical partition that would be further segmented out to other partitions.

    Just a thought on what might actually be causing the trouble.
  10. emekadavid

    emekadavid Member Staff Writer

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    yeah. /dev/sda/sda4. and it consists of two partitions, one unallocated and the other with files, but reported as a single space. see original question above.
  11. dellboy

    dellboy New Member

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    Is this on a laptop?
    If so, you may have hidden recovery partitions using up your limit on 4 primary partitions.
    You will need to use gparted to create logical partitions in the partition with free memory
  12. Killers

    Killers New Member

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    partition wizard is a nice tool really

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