Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 210831
Can't install "/" on non-primary partition
Last modified: 2008-08-02 19:40:34 EDT
Description of problem:
Won't allow an install on hda10 - returns an error of "Not enough space left to
create partition for /."
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
FC6 Test3 (v5.92).
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Start with an hda with existing partitions (hda1-hda9).
2. Boot FC6 CD and take install defaults.
3. Choose "Install Fedora Core" instead of upgrade.
4. Choose "Create Custom Layout" for partitioning choices.
5. Choose [new] partition.
6. Choose a mount point of "/".
7. Choose a size of 10000 mb.
8. Choose [ok].
Could not allocate requested partitions: Partitioning failed:
Could not allocate partitions as primary partitions.
Not enough space left to create partition for /.
Should allow installation on hda10 as other versions have.
fdisk /dev/hda shows I have plenty of room to create an hda10 partition:
Disk /dev/hda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 1 127 1020096 83 Linux
/dev/hda2 * 128 2677 20482875 c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
/dev/hda3 2678 3952 10241437+ c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
/dev/hda4 3953 9591 45295267+ 5 Extended
/dev/hda5 3953 6502 20482843+ 83 Linux
/dev/hda6 6503 7012 4096543+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/hda7 7013 8317 10482381 83 Linux
/dev/hda8 8318 8954 5116671 83 Linux
/dev/hda9 8955 9591 5116671 83 Linux
After looking closer at the fdisk output, I see that I did not have any room in
my extended partition to create hda10. The error message I received, "Could not
allocate partitions as primary partitions" was misleading and led me down the
wrong road. I suggest that error message to be changed to remove the word
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