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    No "Install Alongside Windows" Option on Any Linux Distro

    I've been getting this problem and it's been driving me insane, because i've been really wanting to dualboot Windows and Pear OS 7/Netrunner 12.12 Third Edition. I've been wanting to run one or the other, but it won't let me install alongside Windows 7. I only get two options. Erase disk and install or something else. Whenever I try, something else. It just shows my whole hard drive (which is 3 TB in size) but on Disk Management, it shows that I have one partition with 1023 GB unallocated and another partition with 748 GB unallocated and my main partition for Windows is 1024.50 GB, with 100 MB system reserve.



    I've tried using Pear OS 7/Netrunner/Elementary OS Luna Beta and Linux Mint.
    They all come up with the same thing.
    Anybody know any way to fix this? I need Windows for the sole reason of gaming.

    Specs if needed:
    i5 3570k 3.5GHz Processor
    3 TB Seagate Barracuda Harddisk
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 (Zotac AMP! Edition)
    16 GB DDR3 Ram

    Thank you.

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    Re: No "Install Alongside Windows" Option on Any Linux Distro

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    Re: No "Install Alongside Windows" Option on Any Linux Distro

    Well it looks like your drive has already been partitioned.
    Maybe you can manually install them.
    Those two unallocated drive spaces are not recognized by windows so are probably ready for a linux install.

    Have you ever manually partioned a drive?
    its not all that hard.
    That will be the something else category in your installer

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    Re: No "Install Alongside Windows" Option on Any Linux Distro

    It was
    And as I said before, I had already tried that. But I tried again, for you. ^_^
    But just like before, it just shows one whole hard drive and not any other partitions.
    Is there any way to make the other partitions visible?

    Edit: Is there any way to make the unallocated partitions visible and to also recognize the Windows partition *
    Last edited by Xatabsco; April 21st, 2013 at 07:20 PM.

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    Re: No "Install Alongside Windows" Option on Any Linux Distro

    The other partitions wont become visible until you check the "something else"
    option.
    go into that and read me off what comes up in the list of partitions.

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    Re: No "Install Alongside Windows" Option on Any Linux Distro

    That's the option I used, like I said.
    It only comes up with one partition, which would be my whole harddrive.

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    Re: No "Install Alongside Windows" Option on Any Linux Distro

    Download Ubuntu and run it as a live USB/DVD. Use GParted and see what partitions it presents. If those partitions that Windows sees appear in GParted and you know you won't miss them, delete them then go back to your Pear/Netrunner installer and see what you get.

    Have you previously had Mageia on there, by any chance?

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    Re: No "Install Alongside Windows" Option on Any Linux Distro

    I am on the Live CD version of Ubuntu 12.04 and here are my results:



    It doesn't recognize Windows 7 or that there's any data on it.

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    Re: No "Install Alongside Windows" Option on Any Linux Distro

    It may not help you but it concerns a drive of a similar size https://forums.mageia.org/en/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=3269.

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    Re: No "Install Alongside Windows" Option on Any Linux Distro

    That's more to do with extending the hard drive to meet the full 3 TB that is shown since Windows does not allow partitions more than 2 TB's.
    Seagate DiscWizard makes another partition with the rest of the space for me anyways, so yeah, that's not a problem.
    The main problem is that no Linux distros are able to recognize any data on the hard drives.

    Edit:
    So I decided to install PearOS and delete Windows 7, but I still wanna dual boot with it after, upon installation. I got this error:



    I don't know what that means, but I clicked no and it seemed to have worked.
    If anyone can teach me how to dual boot with Windows 7 now, that'd be great.
    Last edited by Xatabsco; April 21st, 2013 at 09:42 PM.

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