I've got a 2011 laptop that has run Linux before but currently has an Acronis restored image of Windows 7 on it. I want to put Mint 17 on it and have tested via a live USB version of Mint 17 and it works well. However, when I try to install Mint 17 as a dual boot with Windows 7, there is no option to do that, just the erase entire disk option and install that way. This system doesn't have UEFI or secure boot.
I noticed in gparted with the Mint 17 Live USB that I get this warning:
'Invalid partition table - recursive partition on 'dev/sda'
Here are the images of the error, taken via my phone:https://www.dropbox.com/s/1ldjmlfe4g0u9 ... 3.jpg?dl=0https://www.dropbox.com/s/9m8r5ww50e6us ... 2.jpg?dl=0https://www.dropbox.com/s/f2fyt8hwwfebh ... 1.jpg?dl=0
I have an unallocated space of 7.5GB on /dev/sda
Can I set that unallocated space by using 'msdos' for the partition table then format as Ext 4?
Can I then also re-size that space to install mint 17?
I'm not sure what this /dev/sda unallocated space is. I only have one hard drive in this lap top. Maybe it was an error when Windows 7 was first imaged to this machine at the retailers?
This isn't a production machine and I have made images of the current setup in clonezilla and Acronis, so any errors are fairly easy to repair.
Thanks for your help.