Solved Dual Boot Mint & Win 10 partition problems

Dell / Inspiron 620
June 29, 2020 at 14:30:04
Specs: Windows 10, 2.901 GHz / 8104 MB
I have an old Sony Viao, updated to Win 10, and I am trying to dual boot Mint 20 or Mint 19.3.
Everything goes along nicely until I get to creating the Linux Partition.

I used the Win 10 Disk Management to shrink the main volume, no problems and it shows 11.62 GB as Unallocated. So far so good.

BUT, when I then boot Mint 20 or Min 19.3 (tried both) and get to the create root/swap/home section
Linux shows 12583 MB as unusable.
The Plus sign used to create the root/swap/home is grayed out.

What went wrong and now what do I do?

MIKE

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#1
June 30, 2020 at 13:28:52
After a little research, found the problem is the disk has hit the limit of 4 partitions,
so I'm going to have to shuffle the volumes around.

Edit Added:
Curious that I can't mark my own thread as solved, by me.


MIKE

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#2
July 1, 2020 at 15:58:37
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"the problem is the disk has hit the limit of 4 partitions"

Not exactly true. Differences between Primary, Extended, Logical.

https://www.howtogeek.com/184659/be...


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July 1, 2020 at 16:15:30
I seem to recall one could once have 3 Primaries, and one extended. The extended of course could be broken up into two or more logical drives.

Presumably that hasn’t changed or has it?


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#4
July 1, 2020 at 17:52:56
riider

Thanks for the primer on HD partitions, this was supposed to be simple operation........
Hopefully I'lll get a better understanding of what exactly it is I'm doing.

MIKE

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