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How to dual-boot Fedora 14 and Windows 7

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These are the partitions and logical volumes created by Anaconda, the Fedora installer. Notice that the first two (primary) partitions, /dev/sda1 and /dev/sda2, are the Windows 7 partitions. Anaconda creates a third primary partition, /dev/sda3, for /boot, and a fourth (extended) partition is initialized for use by LVM, the Linux Logical Volume Manager. Three logical volumes are created, one each for /, swap, and /home.

By looking at the sizes of the logical volumes, and knowing that a new installation of Fedora 14 takes up less than 4 GB of disk space, you can see that the logical volumes sizes can be reduced to free up disk space. After installation, the unallocated space can then be used to create new logical volumes, or grow an existing one. To edit a logical volume, select and click on Edit, or just double-click it.

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Default Fedora 14 partitions

The first logical volume chosen for editing is lv_root. The allocated size can be reduced by up to a factor of ten and still have enough disk space to install Fedora 14. The name can be edited to root, from the default of lv_root.

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Default root LV

Here is the edited version. Notice the new size and new name. OK.

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Edited root LV

Next for editing is lv_swap. I think the default size is just fine. The name, however, I will edit.

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Default swap LV

Here is the edited version for swap. OK.

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Edited swap LV

The last logical volume to edit is lv_home. As for the previous two logical volumes, only the size and name are going to be edited.

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Default /home LV

And the for last time, here is the edited version. OK.

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Edited /home LV

With all logical volumes edited, you can see the disk space that has been freed up. That will be used to grow (resize) logical volumes or create new ones if the need arises. Click Next to continue with the rest of the installation.

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Free space

If you enabled “Encrypt system,” the installer will prompt you to specify an encryption passphrase. This will be used to encrypt the disk, and will be required to unlock it at every boot up.

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Specify disk encryption password

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reza
reza
9 years ago

hi
I have install a linux fedora 13 and dual boot it with windows 7, I have receive the congratulation from linux to install it when the instalation proceces complete, but when I want to choose the linux from my OS options(linux&windows)it dose not run and the pc restart!
I have install it exactly from your help(these 4 pages).
what is the problem, and, what should I do?
with kindest regards

Naveen
Naveen
10 years ago

Sir,

This is a good tutorial… but I have a doubt… I had to install Fedora 14 and I formatted my complete PC (Windows was also removed) and used up all 320 GB for Fedora… Now, Since I have Fedora 14 installed… can I somehow install Windows 7?… Please help me…

Naveen
Naveen
Reply to  finid
10 years ago

Sir,

yes thats an alternative… but installing Fedora and setting up the complete environment for my work… Netbeans My SQL and all took a lot of time and I dont want to do it again… plz if u could suggest smthn…

Naveen
Naveen
Reply to  finid
10 years ago

hey,

Thanks for the reply… I think I wud get another disk and install win7… thats the most oblivious choice I shud make 🙂

Andrew
Andrew
10 years ago

Thanks for this usefull tutorial. I install fedora 14 on a Dell Inspiron 1520 with windows 7 and work very well. God bless you !

adithyajones
adithyajones
10 years ago

I am trying to dual boot WindowsXp and Fedora15..For that purpose I partitioned hard disk using Easeus partitioning tool.Here is the partitions from left to right-C drive-primary partition(90GB),unallocated space(11GB),D drive-logical drive(30GB),7GB-primary partition(ESIA),unallocated space-8GB..There are unallocated space of 11GB and 8GB in the system,but when I run the option “Use Free Space” it is showing as no space available..

Sumesh
Sumesh
10 years ago

Excellent article – the most helpful guide I have seen so far. I followed the instructions and was able to get the dual boot configured for Fedora 15 and windows 7.

Siva
Siva
Reply to  Sumesh
10 years ago

I’m still fighting, what kind of disk you have? Raid?

Siva
Siva
Reply to  Siva
10 years ago

Solved, read below 🙂

Siva
Siva
10 years ago

I followed your instructions but didn’t work (I just did not reviewed linux partitions, left as they were), when I boot to fedora I just see a never ending blinking cursor in the top left (but I can boot to Windows 7, of course).

Maybe because the 3rd partition (Fedora /boot with grub at the beginning) begins after 1 TB? (I think this is the reason)

Or maybe because it does not work good on a RAID 1 (2 x 2 TB)?

p1: 100 MB Windows boot
p2: 1 TB Windows C: drive
p3: 500 MB /boot
p4: Fedora LVM

TX

Siva
Siva
Reply to  finid
10 years ago

I had already tried that option 🙁
News: I booted to Fedora 14 install media rescue mode and tried to reinstall grub, this is the problem:

grub> root (hd0,2)
Error 18: Selected cylinder exceeds maximum supported by BIOS

BIOS is updated, mb is a ASUS P8P67 EVO, problem seems to be the old 1024 cylinders limit (???)

Could it be a grub 1.x problem? And tx for your support…

Siva
Siva
Reply to  finid
10 years ago

SOLVED – well to tell the truth I had to surrend, old error = old method. As I suspected the reason was that linux boot partition started too far, I just moved it before Windows 7 partition and now it works.

– To resume –
Old situation (ERROR 18):
p1: 100 MB Windows boot
p2: 1 TB Windows C: drive
p3: 500 MB /boot
p4: Fedora LVM

New situation (OK)
p1: 100 MB Windows boot
p2: 500 MB /boot
p3: 1 TB Windows C: drive
p4: Fedora LVM

and used your method 🙂
Tx

p.s. it works with Fedora 15 too

sudeb
sudeb
11 years ago

When i try to install fedora 14 to my 34 gb free space at the time of partitioning the message show tha t”could not mount not enough disk space” , i have 320 gb sata hdd and windows7 home basic

Vinayak
11 years ago

i have 500gb hard drive
c drive 100
and d drive rest of the space(containing my data)
i want install fedora 14 by dvd.. (it is not live)
i am confusing in choosing

WHICH TYPE OF INSTALLATION WOULD YOU LIKE?

Please suggest me clearly step by step…
please i tried, i am not getting… please

Brane
Brane
11 years ago

Thanks, you helped me a lot!

Chewy
Chewy
11 years ago

This was VERY helpful. I was able to configure my PC for dual boot (into Windows or Fedora) specifically using these instructions. It worked flawlessly. Thanks.

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