I have installed Windows 7 Professional (64 bit version), and OpenSuse 11.2 (64 bit) on to a newly built Core i5 machine. I installed Windows first, with 3 partitions. The 100MB partition Windows reserves, a C: drive for the operating system and a D: drive for data. Both of these are NTFS partitions. I then installed OpenSuse into the unallocated section at the end of the new disk drive. The Linux partitioner showed OpenSuse in an extended partition, containing a swap / /home and /tmp partition.
Both operating systems now appear to be working fine, but I’m worried about the Windows Disk Manager showing that the OpenSuse partions are primary ones, and are not inside an extended partition. It only shows a small amount of unallocated space at the end of the drive as being in an extended partition.
Should I delete OpenSuse and start again? Perhaps creating an extended partition with Windows before trying to reinstall OpenSuse?
If I leave the disk as it is, is it likely to continue to dual boot without something unstable occuring? It may just be a Windows problem which will not be fatal, but I’m worried all my files may get scrambled at a some point in the future.
If anyone can give me some authoratative advice on this I would be grateful.
Here is the output of fdisk -l as requested, and thanks for the help thus far.
Disk /dev/sda: 1000.2 GB, 1000204886016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 121601 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x5050cdf6
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 1 13 102400 7 HPFS/NTFS
Partition 1 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/sda2 13 8081 64804864 7 HPFS/NTFS
Partition 2 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/sda3 8081 116502 870892544 7 HPFS/NTFS
Partition 3 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/sda4 * 116503 121601 40952520 f W95 Ext’d (LBA)
Partition 4 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/sda5 116503 116765 2101648+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda6 116765 119376 20971408+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda7 119376 120681 10485688+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda8 120681 120812 1050808+ 83 Linux