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    Default Suse 11.1 and windows 7 install

    Hello everyone,
    I am having big troubles trying to install windows 7 and suse 11.1 on the same PC

    I never had problem when using XP, what I usually did was:
    1) Install XP first, leaving during the disk partitioning an unallocated space for the linux installation
    2) Install suse on the unallocated disk space; linux recognized automatically the windows partition and set the proper mount points for it.

    Now I am trying to do the same with windows 7, but I get the message "Impossible to resize the ... windows partition due to fs inconsistency"
    I don't know why it tries resizing instead of just mounting, how it used to do on Windows XP.
    On Windows I have an OEM partition, a Recovery partition (NTFS) and two others set by me (NTFS and FAT32). I got the PC with windows already installed, the OEM partition should be for the DELL utilities if I have to reinstall, the Recovery partition was also already set.

    what makes me wonder is that if I look in disk management the OEM partition has no filesystem type declared, and actually when I try to install linux the OEM partition is not recognized at all.
    Could this be a reason for being unable to set the windows mount points?

    In this case I should make a complete installation of windows 7 and retry.
    If it is a different reason, I cannot imagine what is it. I already tried defragmenting the windows disk or turning off the swap disk space, it did nothing


    I really hope someone can help,
    thanks

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    Default Re: Suse 11.1 and windows 7 install

    I would install windows 7 first and allow it to use the full drive, then use the computer management program in windows 7 to shrink the partition size and leave unallocated free space to install openSUSE in. OpenSuse is usually pretty good about finding free space on the drive. Just make sure before you install that your installing into the correct partition. Computer Management has a disk management option that will allow you to do this. Here is a link that maybe helpful

    How to Resize Disk Partition in Windows 7
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    Almost forgot welcome to openSUSE!!
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    Default Re: Suse 11.1 and windows 7 install

    I would download and burn a copy of Parted Magic and use that to get the output from
    Code:
    fdisk -l
    Isuspect you may already have four(the maximum)primary partitions.
    And any way Parted Magic goes well in your tool kit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dvhenry View Post
    I would download and burn a copy of Parted Magic and use that to get the output from
    Code:
    fdisk -l
    Isuspect you may already have four(the maximum)primary partitions.
    And any way Parted Magic goes well in your tool kit!
    Nice didn't even think about that, Windoze does root your brain after all
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    @nippolatino
    I just bought a Laptop (Lenovo G550) with Win7 on it. It had 4 primary partitions (I suspect you have the same) - I just deleted them all, but for you this might not be possible. I have the advantage of have a full win7 dvd.

    As has been suggested, post result of fdisk -l from a RoxTerm in Parted Magic
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    Quote Originally Posted by TuxAttack80 View Post
    I would install windows 7 first and allow it to use the full drive, then use the computer management program in windows 7 to shrink the partition size and leave unallocated free space to install openSUSE in. OpenSuse is usually pretty good about finding free space on the drive. Just make sure before you install that your installing into the correct partition. Computer Management has a disk management option that will allow you to do this. Here is a link that maybe helpful

    How to Resize Disk Partition in Windows 7

    the disk partition on windows is not the problem, I did without any trouble, and I got the unallocated space to install linux.
    From the error message it looks like it cannot mount the windows partitions, but the free disk space is there, it should find it.
    The only reason I can think on is that OEM partition, which has no filesystem type associated to it, the others are NTFS and FAT32, they are recognized, but suse tries to resize them instead of mounting.
    What I cannot do is a complete new installation of Windows 7 (which would get rid of the OEM), since I have only the re-installation dvd.

    Edit:
    I ll try with Parted magic anyway
    (thanks for the suggestions)

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    Post the fdisk info and we can tell you more.........
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    Default Re: Suse 11.1 and windows 7 install

    Quote Originally Posted by nippolatino View Post
    the disk partition on windows is not the problem, I did without any trouble, and I got the unallocated space to install linux.
    From the error message it looks like it cannot mount the windows partitions, but the free disk space is there, it should find it.
    The only reason I can think on is that OEM partition, which has no filesystem type associated to it, the others are NTFS and FAT32, they are recognized, but suse tries to resize them instead of mounting.
    What I cannot do is a complete new installation of Windows 7 (which would get rid of the OEM), since I have only the re-installation dvd.

    Edit:
    I ll try with Parted magic anyway
    (thanks for the suggestions)
    Yeah that is odd, I had the similar partition setup when I bought this machine but never had an issue dual booting.
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    I tried fdisk -l with parted magic and I got the following


    Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/tracks, 60801 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0xf8000000

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 1 10 80293+ de Dell Utility
    /dev/sda2 * 11 1020 8108032 7 HPFS/NTFS
    Partition 2 does not end on cylinder boundary.
    /dev/sda3 1020 32891 256000000 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda4 32891 36970 32768000 c W95 FAT32 (LBA)


    the only thing that looks odd is the message after the second partition, but that should be the recovery partition, it was already there and I left it untouched

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