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I have Ubuntu and Windows installed together. I'm going to install Arch also along with them. For now, I what them to live there all together in my computer. I have the following:

gparted screenshot

I'd like to install Arch in the unallocated space between /dev/sda2 and /dev/sda3, but this space is not visible. Look:

$ lsblk
NAME   MAJ:MIN RM   SIZE RO TYPE MOUNTPOINT
sda      8:0    0 931.5G  0 disk 
├─sda2   8:2    0  48.6G  0 part 
├─sda3   8:3    0     1K  0 part 
├─sda5   8:5    0   3.6G  0 part [SWAP]
└─sda6   8:6    0 745.4G  0 part /
sdb      8:16   1  14.6G  0 disk 
└─sdb1   8:17   1  14.6G  0 part 
sr0     11:0    1  1024M  0 rom 

$ sudo fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 1000.2 GB, 1000204886016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 121601 cylinders, total 1953525168 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x000a1bc4

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda2   *        2048   101832703    50915328    7  HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda3       382826494  1953523711   785348609    5  Extended
Partition 3 does not start on physical sector boundary.
/dev/sda5      1946028032  1953523711     3747840   82  Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda6       382834688  1946025983   781595648   83  Linux

So what should I do to make it visible and be able to install there Arch?

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  • Can you try creating a partition of that unallocated space through gparted?
    – Stark07
    Commented Apr 28, 2014 at 4:53
  • @AshishKulkarni, how? with which file system? is it really necessary, can't I do this while the installation of Arch?
    – Incerteza
    Commented Apr 28, 2014 at 4:59
  • @AshishKulkarni, thanks, but I asked the three questions.
    – Incerteza
    Commented Apr 28, 2014 at 5:01
  • askubuntu.com/questions/156994/… this is a good explanation for your issue.
    – Stark07
    Commented Apr 28, 2014 at 5:05
  • bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=140716 This provides some solutions. Do you have a working Linux distro ?
    – Stark07
    Commented Apr 28, 2014 at 5:11

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Why would you want to see unallocated space with partitions? You can see that between /dev/sda2 and /dev/sda3 is a gap (look at fdisk, end sector of sda2 and start of sda3).

You can always create the Arch partition under GParted in Ubuntu. If you don't want to use Gparted, you can use fdisk:

fdisk /dev/sda
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  • I'm afraid I could delete my files at my current ubuntu partition.
    – Incerteza
    Commented Apr 28, 2014 at 5:46
  • You can always create the Arch partition under GParted in Ubuntu - how exactly? which file system should it be in?
    – Incerteza
    Commented Apr 28, 2014 at 5:47
  • @Alex pick one. this is what Arch is about; you get to make your system exactly as you see fit. if you really want you could even just format it as anything and then overwrite it later. with all due respect, if you can't figure out how to solve this problem given the information people have given so far, you may want to consider another distribution.
    – strugee
    Commented Apr 28, 2014 at 7:27
  • @Alex natural choise is ext4 but you can consider something else, for example ext2 or btrfs.
    – enedil
    Commented Apr 28, 2014 at 7:50
  • thanks, but I'm asking about the exact steps. And also, should I create 2 partitions: one in ext2 for /boot and one in ext4 for the rest of the system? I'm on x64 computer.
    – Incerteza
    Commented Apr 28, 2014 at 9:48

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