Bought a new HP laptop for Christmas, with 500G HD. Thought I’d be able to use a chunk for OpenSUSE.
Alas, HP has already created four partitions on the drive, so even though there’s plenty of room, there’s no space in the partition table.
Has anyone else been through this? Which partition can safely be dumped to allow me to install OpenSUSE, and how could it be backed up, if necessary? Only one partition shows in Win, and the others don’t seem to want to boot.
Those other two are generally a utility partition for restoring your
system and the other will be the image. Normally you should also be
able to create a set of restore DVDs from the win 7 system? If not ask
HP how to obtain a set. Then you should be able to safely remove and
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As you said yourself, you can not have more then four partitions. One of those (preferable the last, but you MUST not have four, it can be P, P, E) can be an extended (and is thus also a Primary). Then you can create Logical partitions inside the Extended. They start with #5 also when you have: #1 Primary #2 Primary #3 Extended #5 Logical #6 Logical
Read SDB:Basics of partitions, filesystems, mount points - openSUSE.
When you shrink one of four, you still have four. So now you have space you can not use at all! Nice advice to a fellow openSUSE user
Very often the fourth partition is a data partition, sometimes even labeled DATA. Seen that on HP, seen that on Acer. Usually there’s nothing on that one, so it could be removed from Win7. That would free up space and give room for an extended partition with logical ones in it for openSUSE’s /, /home, swap
> But if you add an Extended partition, that doesn’t have to be in a
> Primary partition, so you could have
> You may have to shrink primary1…4 to make space for the extended
Not quite. There are 4 slots for partition definition in the MBR. If you
create an extended partition, the head of that chain has to go in the MBR
table so you wind up with 3 primaries and what Linux sees as a container
for extended partitions. The map chain to the actual logical partitions
starts at the MBR and is followed down from that to the actual EBRs.
Well if windows 7 on your system has four partitions, most likely one is the primary and the others are probably smaller backup partitions.
Just remove them, I had a similar scheme myself when I got this computer with XP and I removed its extra partitions without issues.
Actually, at least with my install, Windows 7 takes up two partitions. The first one (which is only 100MB) is needed to boot, then the second one contains the OS. I’m guessing the 3rd and 4th partitions are used for a recovery partition, and backup partition (windows will show a C: and D: drive where D: is labeled backup), respectively. The only way to know for sure is to boot a live cd and post the results of fdisk -l from a terminal.
Image one partition and delete the sucker! create an extended partition in its place install linux there. And if the image is required put that on another logical partition, there may be a hptools partition start with that.