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Impossible to dual boot Windows & Fedora ?

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January 5, 2014 9:36:30 AM

Hi, I have three partitions on my HDD. 1st is 134GB on which I have my Windows 8.1 Pro installed, 2nd which is 683GB that I use for my files (no OS there), and 3rd is 112GB which is empty. I want to install Fedora 20 on that empty partition (currently formatted NTFS). I have the Fedora distro burnt on a DVD, I tried to dual boot by myself but when I'm in the menu when I should select the disk to install there is only one option, and that's the whole HDD (1TB). Now I don't want to format the whole HDD I just want Fedora on that 112GB partition, but I don't see any partitions. Help ?

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a b * Windows 8
January 5, 2014 10:09:49 AM

Ok then delete the third partition and try again.
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January 5, 2014 2:23:55 PM

Is your disk a Basic Disk or a Dynamic Disk (check in Disk Management). If it's a dynamic one then I think you're out of luck.
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January 5, 2014 2:29:37 PM

Ijack said:
Is your disk a Basic Disk or a Dynamic Disk (check in Disk Management). If it's a dynamic one then I think you're out of luck.

It's basic.
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a b * Windows 8
January 5, 2014 4:08:47 PM

As you only have the one drive you will get a boot loader installed that asks what OS you want.
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January 6, 2014 2:51:05 AM

anonymous1 said:
As you only have the one drive you will get a boot loader installed that asks what OS you want.

Thanks again, I get that, but is it going to be installed on the free space without deleting any of my Windows files ? I'm asking this because I've had some bad experience before when I was trying to dual boot Windows and Ubuntu, it deleted everything on the HDD :D 
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January 6, 2014 5:13:11 AM

You should be fine. But, installing an OS is always something of an adventure. You have, of course, tested backups of any important data on your hard disk (particularly in light of your previous experience), so just take the plunge and take the risk.
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January 6, 2014 7:07:07 AM

Ijack said:
You should be fine. But, installing an OS is always something of an adventure. You have, of course, tested backups of any important data on your hard disk (particularly in light of your previous experience), so just take the plunge and take the risk.


Why does Linux have to be so complex ? At least make the installation understandable :S
Thanks anyways.
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January 6, 2014 7:48:56 AM

pumaile said:
anonymous1 said:
As you only have the one drive you will get a boot loader installed that asks what OS you want.

Thanks again, I get that, but is it going to be installed on the free space without deleting any of my Windows files ? I'm asking this because I've had some bad experience before when I was trying to dual boot Windows and Ubuntu, it deleted everything on the HDD :D 


Yes, it should. Unless you tell it to do something to the windows partition it'll leave it alone. It will also tell you where it is installing giving you a last chance to halt.
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January 6, 2014 9:58:57 AM

Installing Linux is no more complicated than installing any other OS. If you currently had a Linux install and were asking about installing Windows, in a dual-boot scenario, on the same disk I would have given you exactly the same advice.
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