I've been trying to use
gparted and I believe that I have a suitable partition on
Here is my command list:
fdisk /dev/sdb1 n (I filled the whole drive with a new partition) t 86 (I set the type to "NTFS volume set", there are 2 with the exact same name and I chose the first) a (I toggled the bootable flag to on) w (to save changes) umount /dev/sdb1 mkntfs /dev/sdb1
After all of that, I restarted and booted from my Windows disc drive. However, it retrieved a list of bootable drives that did not include
Where am I going wrong? Specifically, how can I alter
/dev/sdb1 so that it is visible to the Windows 8.1 installation software?
When I boot from the Windows 8.1 installation disc, I notice that the drive
/dev/sda1 is listed as type "System".
/dev/sda3 are listed as type "Primary".
The installation software allows a link to "Format" the System partition. This is greyed out on the other two.
(I don't want to format my System partition because if, for some reason the software fails, I will have no OS and no computer with an OS and, to me, that's not a smart risk to take.)
When creating a new partition, fdisk only offers the options "Primary" and "Extended". Just a hunch, but I don't think extended is what I need.