Derek_S wrote:Hello briholt - I think the reason you're having a problem is because you skipped a step. Open Gparted, then select the correct disk (sda, sdb, sdc, etc.) from the right side tab. Once you have the right disk, click "Device" at the top of the screen. Then select "Create Partition Table". On the small pop-up menu that appears, you will see "msdos" as the partition type (which is actually mbr). Click this tab, go up two spots on the menu and select "gpt", then click "Apply". Voila, you have a fresh GPT disk to work with. Then it's a matter of creating your new partitions on the lower table.
That did it. I can now have more than 4 primary partitions as expected. Thank you for your help!
As kyphi has already mentioned, I think you will be better off if you install Windows first. Windows will probably wreck things as far as booting Mint, and also due to Microsoft's unwritten policy "All your disk are mine!"
. After installing Windows, I suggest using Windows Disk Management to shrink Windows' C:/ partition to make the necessary room for Mint, rather than using Gparted. After doing so, you can then use Gparted to create your Linux partitions in the unallocated space.
Yes, yes, but remember this is an experiment.
When I built my new machine I did not yet have windows 8.1. I knew that it needed a GPT partition table, that UEFI had to be the only bootable otptions, and that the CSM had to be disabled, all because it doesn't operate like an MBR boot system.
I needed a computer to work, so I install linux first, knowing full well that I"d like to have windows too, but like I said, I didn't have it yet. So, I got to a place where I could obtain windows, and had trouble installing it, despite the help from users spearmint2 and gold_finger.
I eventually concluded that the first time I formatted the hard drive, I must have done something wrong preventing me from installing windoes 8.1 despite having the partition table laid out above: that despite having created a GPT disk, I might not have had all the bios settings set to UEFI only, and so for some reason windows would not install.
I'm seeing if I can try this again, doing everything right, and whether I can get windows to work.
So, yes, windows first is easier. This is just for pure stubborn curiosity.