Can you give me any more specifics about how to "reformat the drive to wipe all the factory partitions" without running into this problem? Is there another program I should use to do this reformatting before I go to install the clean windows 7? Like what partitions and in what format should I have before I go to install?
The above simple partition scheme should get you well into Dual boot.
Someday when you are more comfortable with Linux and Win together in the same computer, you might eventually want to try other distro or different version of Desktop environment.
Then a slight modification of the above partition scheme can allow you to handle more Linux OS, decribed below
4a: insteads of making /dev/sda4 to be ntfs partition:
change this to a extended partition, covering all the rest of the space.
extended partition is a container for many more partitions inside.
5. add a large partition, says 400G for your data, format it to ntfs, this will become /dev/sda5
6. the balance of the space inside , something like 100-130G, can become your playground to other Linux OS.
let it be unallocated if you do not have anything in mind.
when you want to play with another OS, just use gparted, add one 10G partition, format to ext4 or whatever that distros default format, then let the distros format it to its default, and install it as second linux OS
likewise, you add another 10G for next Linux OS... etc..
each time you add one more partition, gparted will assign a higher partition number like /dev/sda6, 7, 8, 9...
Enjoy you pay with Linux OS.
nobeernotv wrote:it says "Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style".
Disk /dev/sdb: 500.1 GB, 500107861504 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders, total 976773167 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x000e18be
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 * 2048 20482047 10240000 b W95 FAT32
/dev/sdb2 20482048 61442047 20480000 83 Linux
/dev/sdb3 61442048 114853887 26705920 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sdb4 114853888 155822079 20484096 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
Model: Seagate FreeAgent Go (scsi)
Disk /dev/sdb: 500GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: msdos
Number Start End Size Type File system Flags
1 1049kB 10.5GB 10.5GB primary fat32 boot
2 10.5GB 31.5GB 21.0GB primary ext4
3 31.5GB 58.8GB 27.3GB primary ntfs
4 58.8GB 79.8GB 21.0GB primary ntfs
I wasn't sure what you meant when you wrote under your instructions for Partition #2 to "assign it to /"
Also, Dan, the pared down Win7 I installed can't seem to detect my wifi-- will I need to load some drivers to get the machine working fully in Windows?
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