View Full Version : Cannot create partition after swap partition is created

April 1st, 2016, 07:17 PM
I have Ubuntu on a computer and that is working fine. I find everything that in need by searching the net.

Now, i'm trying to install it on a computer who has already Windows 8.1 on it for a dual boot. I have the C for Windows and a D drive for my programs, documents and all the rest. I did install some other flavor of Linux un the past without any problems.

Noe, I already have some free space available for Ubuntu. When installing, i choose "something else" and i can see /dev/sda, the windows 8 installation partition followed the D drive and at the end the free space that i want to use for Ubuntu.

Following instructions that i find on the net, i created a swap of 512 meg by clicking on the empty partition, after that i'm not able to create anything else it's unusable. I tried different options but i cannot get it to create the / partition, the swap and the home partition.

What do i have to do to make it work.


April 1st, 2016, 07:26 PM
Is Windows 8 in BIOS/MBR, so 4 primary partition limit exists?
Post this:
sudo parted -l

April 1st, 2016, 09:25 PM
I'll verify that and be back.


What i know is that i have a system partition (small) on C it's Windows 8 showing as "loader" when i try to install Ubuntu, a D partition for all my files and a 197.35 Gig partition that i would like to use for Ubuntu.


Sorry for the size of the picture, i did that in a hurry.

April 1st, 2016, 10:32 PM
Better to attach screen shots.
Easy to do with forum's advanced editor and paper clip icon.

You have BIOS/MBR.

But then you have to create an extended partition to hold logical partitions. Do not create any partitions with Windows.
Use gparted or installer.


Lots of detail, screenshots and essential info.14.04 Something Else example


April 2nd, 2016, 10:16 AM
Got it to work, it's installed alongside Windows and I have the dual boot screen. I don't know why but the first time I did it, it wasn't working but it's fine now.

Have a good day.

April 3rd, 2016, 12:50 PM
Where do i put solved on this thread

April 3rd, 2016, 12:53 PM
At the top of the thread - Thread Tools > "Mark this thread as solved"