[CLOSED] Arcolinux installation cut short due to more than 4 partitions

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[CLOSED] Arcolinux installation cut short due to more than 4 partitions

Post by Orkeven »


I am trying to install Arcolinux on a hdd that already has Linux Mint installed. With Calamares I tried to edit the partitions in order to move space around to create a new partition in which to install Arcolinux. Everything was set until I got an error during the installation about processes not being able to be performed (in summary).
I opened gparted and tried to mount the partitions without success. Then I tried to create a partition via the Disks utility app and was greeted with the message that "cannot create a new partition as there are already 4 partitions".
Please, is there any way to go around this?

It is a 500gb hard disk initially dual booted with Windows and Linux Mint.
/dev/sda1 ntfs 100.0 MiB
/dev/sda2 extended 49.6 GiB
/dev/sda5 swap 4.1 GiB
/dev/sda6 ext4 45.6 GiB
/dev/sda3 ntfs 158.2 GiB
/dev/sda4 ntfs 257.8 GiB

The 5 & 6 appear to be structured under sda2 in the tree going by what is displayed in Calamares. I moved space around on 5 & 6 and merged them to create a 63 GiB partition to install Arcolinux within.

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Re: [CLOSED] Arcolinux installation cut short due to more than 4 partitions

Post by erikdubois »

There are rules when it comes to partitioning.

You can only have 4 primary partitions.
One of them needs to be an extenended partition. In that one you can have as many logical partitions as you want.

That is probably the issue.


We tell people to buy this :

https://arcolinuxd.com/how-to-mount-an- ... and-linux/

And then switch SSD.

Just a simple one partition per ssd and just one distro per ssd.

So much less frustration and so much more fun.

Ofcourse if you can afford it and if you have a desktop.
Learn, have fun and enjoy.
But first use the power of the Arch Wiki
use the tutorials on https://www.youtube.com/erikdubois
then use the power of google
then use the power of our moderators.

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