Nigel Henry wrote:
This is the first time that I've used SATA harddrives on this new machine that
I've built, so am a bit in the dark.
Fedora 8 is using sda1 for / , and sda2 for /home. sda3 is swap
sda4 (the 4th primary is the extended partition)
sda5, and 6, are / , and /home for another linux distro
sda7, and 8, are / , and /home for another linux distro
sda9, and 10, are / , and /home for yet another linux distro
sda11, and 12, are / , and /home for another linux distro
There is still showing 61020 MB of free space on the drive, but trying to
create a new partition for the install of Fedora 9, with 10000MB for / I get
the following output. Written in freehand.
ould not allocate requested partitions: Partitioning failed: Could not
allocate partitions as primary partitions. Not enough space left to create
partition for /.
I'm sure I've seen some stuff about partition limits on SATA drives, but can't
remember where. If there are limits, are there any workarounds so that I can
use this 61+GB of freespace.
Thanks for any suggestions.
It is not a SATA thing.
You only get 4 primary partitions, usually the last of the primaries is an
extended partition containing *all* of the rest of the space, if the last
partition does not contain all of the rest of the space, well, you cannot use it
There does not seem to be a limit on the number of the partitions in an extended
partition, but there could be limits in some of the tools to deal with things.
There is a limit of the total number of partitions that a single disk can have
and I think that was 16 so your aren't quite there yet.
I would suggest not creating /home for each installation (just for the first
one) and then changing fstab to mount a shared home, the only steps that would
need to be done to properly do this would be to make sure the UID/users on all
distributions are the same, and make sure fstab on each distribution has it
added as an entry.
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