SUSE Intsall with Fedora and Ubuntu

Ok, Im simply hoping somebody can point me in the right direction. Below are screen shots of when I am trying to install SUSE. Now, on this same hard drive I have Fedora and Ubuntu installed as well and those are the other partitions you see. Im not understanding as to why it wants to delete my other Linux partitions and not utilize the free space I have left on the hard drive. Again, if somebody could point me in the right direction that would be awesome.

Yes, I did take these pictures with my cell phone.

http://www.swooshpimp.com/Tu%20Madre/SUSE2.jpg

http://www.swooshpimp.com/Tu%20Madre/SUSE1.jpg

Post the output of


/sbin/fdisk -l

from one of the installed distributions.

Yes, an fdisk -l would help a lot. I am assuming you have 3 primary partitions and an extended partition with room for more logical partitions…

Ok, sorry for the delay. Here is the information as requested.

Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160000000000 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19452 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xd443d443

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 5099 40957686 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 5100 5226 1020127+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda3 5227 10089 39062047+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda4 10090 10211 979965 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 10090 10211 979933+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris

Disk /dev/sdc: 320.0 GB, 320072933376 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x44fdfe06

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdc1 1 38913 312568641 c W95 FAT32 (LB

Now, the 320GB is an external and should be disregarded. SDA1 is more then likely Ubuntu and SDA3 is more then likely Fedora. Im not sure were SDA4 came from as I dont remember creating that one.

Well, YaST is correct as there is no possibilitly to install another OS without deleting at least one partition.

However, the suggestion is of course not very good, but your partitioning is the real problem, you would waste half of the disk.

Disk partitioning - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

PC BIOS partition types

This section describes partitions as used in MS-DOS, Microsoft Windows and Linux on PC compatible computer systems; for examples of partitioning schemes used in other operating systems, see Slice (disk) and BSD disklabel.

The total data storage space of a PC hard disk is divided into at most four, and at least one, primary partitions. One of these can also be an extended partition. All these primary partitions are described by 16-byte entries that constitute the Partition Table which is located in the master boot record (MBR).

Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160000000000 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, **19452** cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xd443d443

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 5099 40957686 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 5100 5226 1020127+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda3 5227 10089 39062047+ 83 Linux
**/dev/sda4 10090 10211 979965 5 Extended**
/dev/sda5 10090 10211 979933+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris

see the problem?

You already have four primary partitions, or to be precise, three primary and one extended and that’s it, you will have to delete one of them to create new partitions.

But the solution is rather simple.

  • Delete /dev/sda5

  • Delete /dev/sda4

  • Recreate /dev/sda4 as extended partition taking the whole free space and not only up to half of the disk

  • Now you can create as many logical partitions in /dev/sda4 as you like

Ok, so now the problem becomes clear. Any oversight on my part on the extent on how many partitions can be allowed. First time for me. Would there be a problem if I delete both the swap partitions for the OS’s? After the installation of SUSE I was also hoping to install Linux Red Hat as well - if Im allowed 4 partitions could it still be possible? Thanks

Probably yes, but why would you do so?

Just use the same swap partition for all installed linux OSes and you’re done.

As you can only run one Os at the time, you also only need one swap partition.

Well since you put it that way that makes perfect sense. Ok, so I will delete sda4 and sda5. Thanks again. I will work on this and post back when I completed.

Good news on the home front - at this very moment I am currently utilizing SUSE. I will take this as a win and much thanks for pointing me in the right direction. I have some hardware/software issues to attend to but really appreciate the quick response on the forum. Thank you

Disk /dev/sda: 159.9 GB, 159998918144 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19452 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 1 5099 40957686 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 5100 5226 1020127+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda3 5227 10089 39062047+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda4 * 10090 14658 36700492+ 83 Linux

Disk /dev/sdc: 320.0 GB, 320072933376 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdc1 1 38913 312568641 c W95 FAT32 (LBA)

Then why didn’t you follow that direction?

Disk /dev/sda: 159.9 GB, 159998918144 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19452 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1               1        5099    40957686   83  Linux
/dev/sda2            5100        5226     1020127+  82  Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda3            5227       10089    39062047+  83  Linux
/dev/sda4   *       10090       14658    36700492+  83  Linux


Bumps his head on the table

Congrats, now you made the same mistake again only in a slightly different variation.

OK, this time you “only” wasted 25% of your disk.

A change in plans at the last minute however I feel as if my victory is short lived. After toying around with SUSE for a while I decided to reboot and jump back into Fedora and Ubuntu. Well, Im not currently in front of the system to give you the specifics but from the Boot screen were I can choose either of the three OS’s Fedora and Ubuntu now error out and wont load. They are listed but each present there own errors. Once Im back in front of the system I’ll take “cell phone shots”. As Im sure it was another oversight on my part. Dont bump your head on the table:beat-up:

Forget any cell phone screenshots, they are irrelevant.

Reinstall openSUSE and this time, don’t f*ck up partitioning!

Rgr - I will start with SUSE this time around. I’ll post when completed.