I have a Lenovo Thinkpad W550s that already has Windows 7 on it. I would like to install Fedora 29 Workstation alongside Windows 7, but I have run into some problems.
The hard drive was formatted with MBR (not GPT) and three partitions. Using the
fdisk -l command from a Fedora 29 LiveUSB yields the following information:
Disk /dev/sda: 465.8 GiB, 500107862016 bytes, 976773168 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 Disklabel type: dos Disk identifier: 0x7a8dee3d Device Boot Start End Sectors Size Id Type /dev/sda1 * 2048 3074047 3072000 1.5G 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT /dev/sda2 3074048 944916479 941842432 449.1G 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT /dev/sda3 944916480 976771071 31854592 15.2G 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
The motherboard has UEFI. However, Legacy BIOS is enabled, and Secure Boot is disabled.
In the Fedora 29 Workstation installer, I could shrink the
/dev/sda2 partition, and use that for root, home, whatever, and delete the
/dev/sda3 partition to satisfy the four partition limit with MBR. But when I try to install the OS, the installer gives an error about requiring a
/boot/efi partition. Even when I try deleting
/dev/sda1 (still from within the Fedora installer), formatting that and installing the EFI to
/dev/sda1, the installer still won't proceed.
Is there a way to install Fedora 29 on this laptop without removing Windows 7? I need it for work, and can't do a reinstall of Windows 7.