[SOLVED] Create extended partition during install

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[SOLVED] Create extended partition during install

Postby fsmithred » 2009-10-30 16:48

Yesterday, I was on the phone, helping a friend install lenny on a new laptop. We used the Vista partition tool to shrink the windows partition, leaving free space between the win and the recovery partitions. Booted the install cd, and I had him go into manual partitioning. We were going to make a primary for / and an extended for /home and swap, but we couldn't figure out how to create the extended partition. I even booted up an install cd on one of my computers, and I couldn't find it. He was burning out, so I walked him through creating / and swap, both primaries, and the install proceeded without problems. But I still want to know - how do you create an extended partition with the debian installer? (Note: if I'd been there with my friend, or if he hadn't burned out, we could have booted a live cd and used cfdisk, but that didn't happen.)
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Re: Create extended partition during install

Postby smallchange » 2009-10-30 16:52

IIRC you create a logical partition and the installer creates an extended partition to contain the logical partition.
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Re: Create extended partition during install

Postby emariz » 2009-10-30 17:05

Another option is that the Windows partitions are within an extended partition and because there can only have one per device, the installer doesn't show it as an option.
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Re: Create extended partition during install

Postby fsmithred » 2009-10-30 18:10

Trying to create a logical partition didn't work, but I don't recall what kind of error message he got. I think I'll try that myself when I get home from work. Win partitions were marked as primaries. I really expected "extended" to be listed under "Use As" along with ext2, ext3, and the rest.
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Re: Create extended partition during install

Postby fsmithred » 2009-10-30 21:53

Thanks, smallchange. You were right. Select logical partition instead of primary, and it automatically makes the extended partition. The reason I didn't think that was the case was because of a communication problem between my friend and me. I foolishly accepted "It didn't work." as a valid response.
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