I have a problem on installing fedora.

I have already installed windows 8, and I have two different partitions (C (for windows), and D(for data)).

I had also shrink the size of D by 50 GB, in order to create this free space to install fedora.

However the fedora installer recognises only one disc, and not all the partitions I have made. Therefore it is possible that if I install fedora, my windows installation might be lost.

What should I do? I just want to install linux at that specific 50GB partition...

Thanks in advance


  • As far as I know, it has something to do with the primary partitions. I think windows 8 occupies 2 primary partitions and leaves just one primary partition for fedora. This might be the problem. This may be the reason but am not exactly sure. – Ramesh Oct 13 '13 at 0:59
  • @Ramesh thanks for the answer. I do not know about this, but even then, I think that It shouldn't be a problem for fedora to at least identify the number of disc partitions. – John Smith Oct 13 '13 at 1:03
  • I guess fedora requires atleast 2 primary partitions (one for /boot and another for /swap or /). So, in that case fedora might not be able to detect the disc partitions. – Ramesh Oct 13 '13 at 1:06
  • Are all 3 partitions on the same physical disk or do you have multiple disks? Could you show us a screenshot of the partitions the installer shows you? Is there some kind of "expert mode"? – terdon Oct 13 '13 at 1:18
  • @JohnSmith in 50GB is there any filesystem or it's unallocated space ? if there is no filesystem then what's the issue while installing ? if possible also update screen shot of partitions from disk mgmt – Rahul Patil Oct 13 '13 at 10:39

I think what's happening is that the... quirks... in the newly-rewritten installer are frightening you, and you're stopping before getting to the part where it would all make sense. There is a first stage where you choose which disks to use at all. The installer doesn't look at the partitions until after you choose the disks, and will not write or destroy anything until it very clearly says that it's going to (and gives you a chance to cancel).

So, select your one disk, and then you'll get to the next section where you can work with the partitions. I promise: it'll be safe even though it is confusing and seems like it might be dangerous.

The installer team is aware of this issue and is working on a better user interface design for Fedora 20 and onward. But that's how it is for now.

(Disclaimer: I work for Red Hat on Fedora, but not on the installer team.)

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This is due to the limitations of the MBR. If you had a GPT (GUID Partition Table) you wouldn't have any problem.

it is possible to use logical partitions instead of primary partitions for the swap, /boot, /, and /home partitions

You will not have any problem. You have to create an extended partition (which is a primary special partition/placeholder) and inside this extended partition you can create a large number of logicals. Linux can boot from logical partition, in contrast with Windows which cannot.

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