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    Default Unable to install windows alongside openSUSE

    I have two HDDs and both are GPT partitioned. Windows build 10041 and openSUSE 13.2 and Tumbleweed were running well.. but for some reason, windows never updated from that build, and now when I install windows (10130) from USB (using rufus and choosing GPT partition option), I get this error “Sorry, we couldn’t create a new partition or locate an existing one.”
    I researched and tried many tips like giving the main hard disk port 0 option, or even disconnecting the other hard disk and DVD drive.. no matter what I did so far, this error doesn’t disappear. Many tips also ask to repartition.. but that is also not a sure remedy as people's responses indiacate.. I was wondering if this could be due to my root partition being BTRFS and /boot is a subpartition under the same root partition (of course /efi/boot is a separate partition), and perhaps windows expects a separate boot partition? Anyone faced this issue?

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    Default Re: Unable to install windows alongside openSUSE

    On 2015-07-04 10:46, feb8born wrote:

    > responses indiacate.. I was wondering if this could be due to my root
    > partition being BTRFS and /boot is a subpartition under the same root
    > partition, and perhaps windows expects a separate boot partition? Anyone
    > faced this issue?


    Windows should expect an EFI partition, formatted as FAT. I think it is
    mounted as /boot/efi or something.

    Windows should not care, nor can read, anything in btrfs, ext2/3/4, xfs,
    reiser, etc.

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    Default Re: Unable to install windows alongside openSUSE

    that's already there and yet, it wants to create another efi partition.. and then, the installation doesn't work due to the above error...

    Quote Originally Posted by robin_listas View Post
    On 2015-07-04 10:46, feb8born wrote:

    > responses indiacate.. I was wondering if this could be due to my root
    > partition being BTRFS and /boot is a subpartition under the same root
    > partition, and perhaps windows expects a separate boot partition? Anyone
    > faced this issue?


    Windows should expect an EFI partition, formatted as FAT. I think it is
    mounted as /boot/efi or something.

    Windows should not care, nor can read, anything in btrfs, ext2/3/4, xfs,
    reiser, etc.

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    Default Re: Unable to install windows alongside openSUSE

    On 2015-07-04 13:16, feb8born wrote:
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    > that's already there and yet, it wants to create another efi partition..
    > and then, the installation doesn't work due to the above error...


    Well, then you need an UEFI booting expert, and I'm not. Sorry.

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    Default Re: Unable to install windows alongside openSUSE

    Quote Originally Posted by feb8born View Post
    I have two HDDs and both are GPT partitioned. Windows build 10041 and openSUSE 13.2 and Tumbleweed were running well.. but for some reason, windows never updated from that build, and now when I install windows (10130) from USB (using rufus and choosing GPT partition option), I get this error “Sorry, we couldn’t create a new partition or locate an existing one.”
    I researched and tried many tips like giving the main hard disk port 0 option, or even disconnecting the other hard disk and DVD drive.. no matter what I did so far, this error doesn’t disappear. Many tips also ask to repartition.. but that is also not a sure remedy as people's responses indiacate.. I was wondering if this could be due to my root partition being BTRFS and /boot is a subpartition under the same root partition (of course /efi/boot is a separate partition), and perhaps windows expects a separate boot partition? Anyone faced this issue?
    Hi
    From openSUSE can you show the output from gdisk and lsblk
    Code:
    lsblk
    gdisk -l /dev/sda
    gdisk -l /dev/sdb
    I just installed build 10162 here on a single disk though without problems with tumbleweed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by malcolmlewis View Post
    Hi
    From openSUSE can you show the output from gdisk and lsblk
    Code:
    lsblk
    gdisk -l /dev/sda
    gdisk -l /dev/sdb
    I just installed build 10162 here on a single disk though without problems with tumbleweed.
    lsblk

    Code:
    NAME   MAJ:MIN RM   SIZE RO TYPE MOUNTPOINT
    sda      8:0    0   1.8T  0 disk  
    ├─sda1   8:1    0   300M  0 part  
    ├─sda2   8:2    0   100M  0 part  
    ├─sda3   8:3    0   128M  0 part  
    ├─sda4   8:4    0 239.5G  0 part  
    ├─sda5   8:5    0   500G  0 part /home
    ├─sda6   8:6    0   100G  0 part /
    ├─sda7   8:7    0  1000G  0 part /HDD/data
    ├─sda8   8:8    0  22.6G  0 part [SWAP]
    └─sda9   8:9    0   426M  0 part /boot/efi
    sdb      8:16   0 931.5G  0 disk  
    ├─sdb1   8:17   0   156M  0 part  
    ├─sdb2   8:18   0    12G  0 part  
    ├─sdb3   8:19   0    40G  0 part /HDD/root
    ├─sdb4   8:20   0   300G  0 part /HDD/home
    └─sdb5   8:21   0 579.4G  0 part /HDD/data1
    sr0     11:0    1  1024M  0 rom
    gdisk -l /dev/sda

    Code:
    GPT fdisk (gdisk) version 1.0.0 
    
    Partition table scan:
      MBR: protective
      BSD: not present
      APM: not present
      GPT: present
    
    Found valid GPT with protective MBR; using GPT.
    Disk /dev/sda: 3907029168 sectors, 1.8 TiB
    Logical sector size: 512 bytes
    Disk identifier (GUID): 8D956F70-267E-47D0-8122-DB8284B4D876
    Partition table holds up to 128 entries
    First usable sector is 34, last usable sector is 3907029134
    Partitions will be aligned on 2048-sector boundaries
    Total free space is 2157 sectors (1.1 MiB)
    
    Number  Start (sector)    End (sector)  Size       Code  Name                                                       
       1            2048          616447   300.0 MiB   2700  Basic data partition                                       
       2          616448          821247   100.0 MiB   0700  EFI system partition                                       
       3          821248         1083391   128.0 MiB   0C01  Microsoft reserved ...
       4         1083392       503316479   239.5 GiB   0700  Basic data partition
       5       503316480      1551894527   500.0 GiB   0700  primary
       6      1551894528      1761607679   100.0 GiB   0700  primary
       7      1761607680      3858765823   1000.0 GiB  0700  primary
       8      3858765824      3906156543   22.6 GiB    0700  primary
       9      3906156544      3907028991   426.0 MiB   EF00  primary
    
    gdisk -l /dev/sdb

    Code:
    
    GPT fdisk (gdisk) version 1.0.0
    
    Partition table scan:
      MBR: protective
      BSD: not present
      APM: not present
      GPT: present
    
    Found valid GPT with protective MBR; using GPT.
    Disk /dev/sdb: 1953525168 sectors, 931.5 GiB
    Logical sector size: 512 bytes
    Disk identifier (GUID): 0BBEF1B0-F921-4A6B-B94C-8355667B4376
    Partition table holds up to 128 entries
    First usable sector is 34, last usable sector is 1953525134
    Partitions will be aligned on 2048-sector boundaries
    Total free space is 3437 sectors (1.7 MiB)
    
    Number  Start (sector)    End (sector)  Size       Code  Name
       1            2048          321535   156.0 MiB   EF00  primary
       2          321536        25495551   12.0 GiB    0700  primary
       3        25495552       109385727   40.0 GiB    0700  primary
       4       109385728       738539519   300.0 GiB   0700  primary
       5       738539520      1953523711   579.3 GiB   0700  primary

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    Default Re: Unable to install windows alongside openSUSE

    One strange thing is, when windows wants to start installation, my EFI partition for openSUSE (sda9) is not recognised and it wants to create a new EFI partition sda2, but then, the coding for that partition is not correct, while sda9's name is showing up as a primary partition.. could this be an issue?

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    Default Re: Unable to install windows alongside openSUSE

    Hi
    If you mount sda2 (as root user) and check the contents and also post the info of the second command;
    Code:
    mount /dev/sda2 /mnt
    ls /mnt
    umount /mnt
    
    efiboomgr -v
    I windows efi is present, should be able to change the type to ef00 and then add to the efi nvram.
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    Default Re: Unable to install windows alongside openSUSE

    Quote Originally Posted by feb8born View Post
    One strange thing is, when windows wants to start installation, my EFI partition for openSUSE (sda9) is not recognised and it wants to create a new EFI partition sda2, but then, the coding for that partition is not correct, while sda9's name is showing up as a primary partition.. could this be an issue?
    It seems to an "issue".

    From the reports I have seen, Microsoft wants the EFI partition to use FAT32. However, if it was created during an opensuse install, then it was probably formatted as FAT16.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nrickert View Post
    It seems to an "issue".

    From the reports I have seen, Microsoft wants the EFI partition to use FAT32. However, if it was created during an opensuse install, then it was probably formatted as FAT16.
    Hi
    Easy enough to check..
    Code:
    parted /dev/sda 'print'
    parted /dev/sdb 'print'
    I pre-prepare my disks for dual/multibooting so I'm pretty sure I formatted to fat32 (which it is on my windows 10/tumbleweed).
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