Part of the problem I see here is that Linux needs three partitions for itself: boot, swap and root. At least, that's the way I've always been instructed to do my Linux installs.
The boot partition doesn't need to be very large. Sometimes only 32MB will do the trick. The swap partition is generally recommended to be between 1.5-2.0x the amount of system RAM -- if you have 1GB of RAM then you should have your swap be 1.5GB-2.0GB -- and it behaves just like the page file in Windows/Vista. The root partition is where all the action takes place. It's the Linux equivalent of Windows'/Vista's C:.
wait a minute. So do I need to manually partition my 20gb partition into 3 chunks? I have 4gb ram. So I need a Boot Partition of 100mb - a swap partition of 6-8 gb (it says 256 mb in the picture) - and the rest 14gb as my root partition?
And then, for the first step as shown in the picture I need to select the root
14gb partition? Are the next steps selecting the boot and swap partitions?
You want to manually edit your hard drive setup in your case. You should make sure you know which partition is which before you do anything. Otherwise, you'll botch your Windows/Vista installs. Nothing to really worry about since you have your data backed up...right? I can't find the rest of the partition install screens, so I'm flying blind. The error makes me think that you haven't selected which partition you want to be root.
Because all of them are NTFS, which ones have your Windows/Vista install and which one is it that you want to install Linux on?
The 50 gb partition (sda1) is my XP partition. The 246 gb partition (sda6) is Vista, and the 20gb partition I have selected is the empty one I want to install linux on.
But I HAVE selected which partition I want to be the root haven't I? The 20gb partition is highlighted in the picture.
And uh no I don't have a byte backed up. I have an external hard drive arriving on tuesday though.
Looking at your screenshot, you have all NTFS filesystems. It's not the Linux has to create the partition, but as notfred and titan said, it needs one with a Linux filesystem like ext3, XFS, JFS, etc. So you can create the partition(s) however you want, but don't format it with a Windows filesystem (or delete the Windows FS from the partition(s) you intend to use).
Ok. I think linux had the option to format it under "edit partition" Any filsystem in particular I should use of those? After I format it as a Linux filesystem, do I still need to manually split the 20gb up into 3 partitions (boot/swap/root) or does Linux do this itself?
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