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Linux doesn't see partitions (Windows and unformatted)

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*Note I am not a native linux user, but am trying to get more into it.*

I am trying to install backtrack onto a partition I made with windows. I put it on an a USB and later tried DVD to install but the installer never sees my partitions but just the entire drive as one, blank, continuous section. (I also tried Xubuntu)

After much googling I found that it was because windows now uses GPT instead of MBR linux has a hard time seeing the partitions.

The solutions I saw dealt with specific models of computers (I'm on a 2008 dell laptop) mostly Acer's and IBM's for some reason.
I would really like to keep my windows section as it is, and many of the other posted solutions required starting over with the HDD.

Is there anyway to install linux alongside my existing windows partition without killing windows? If all else fails I can format the entire drive and start with linux then put a windows section in, but that's a worst case scenario.


Thanks!
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First of all, the whole Linux and GPT thing isn't an issue. In fact I think Linux was working perfectly fine with GPT while Windows was still dragging it's heals.

Secondly, you're doing things in the right order by installing Windows first than Linux after.

Lastly, don't bother with Backtrack, it's not intended to be a desktop distro.

If you want to play around with Linux then just whack in a Ubuntu or Mint CD and install them.

As for why Linux can't see empty partitions, Windows doesn't always write the partition table correctly. In fact it's pretty bad for completely screwing up the partition table - it's partitioning tools are easily the worst I've ever seen in the industry. So the worst case scenario is that you have to reformat your PC and then manually partition it from a Linux live CD using gparted, then install Windows, then Linux; in that order. Hopefully it doesn't come to that and Ubuntu / Mint work.
Edited by Plan9 - 9/10/13 at 2:11am
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I will try a live CD of mint when I get home, but I have a feeling if Xubuntu didn't see it then I'll have to reformat :-/.

As for why backtrack, I am just starting on a path to get my Linux+ -> Network+ ->Security+ -> {whatever else} then finally ethical hacker certifications while starting the pre-req classes this winter for a MS in Cyber security. I have *some* Linux background (a linux class sophomore year that was basically linux+ prep) and I never really fancied Ubuntu.

My new job gives bonuses for each new certification you receive and they pay for any education you wish to take on as well, (and unofficially usually give you a raise after its completion) so with a whole mountain of student loans from the past 5 years (I switched majors a lot) I'm trying to take full advantage of it.
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I will try a live CD of mint when I get home, but I have a feeling if Xubuntu didn't see it then I'll have to reformat :-/.

As for why backtrack, I am just starting on a path to get my Linux+ -> Network+ ->Security+ -> {whatever else} then finally ethical hacker certifications while starting the pre-req classes this winter for a MS in Cyber security. I have *some* Linux background (a linux class sophomore year that was basically linux+ prep) and I never really fancied Ubuntu.

My new job gives bonuses for each new certification you receive and they pay for any education you wish to take on as well, (and unofficially usually give you a raise after its completion) so with a whole mountain of student loans from the past 5 years (I switched majors a lot) I'm trying to take full advantage of it.
Even so, I wouldn't bother with backtrack. It's a pen testing distro for script kiddies. All of the tools you'd want from backtrack can be easily installed in Arch, Debian, Fedora, whatever your preferred distro might be (this is what I personally do).

However if you want an all inclusive pen testing distro, then go for Kali instead. It's what Backtrack used to be before the kids got involved:
http://www.kali.org/
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Ah interesting, thanks, Not gonna lie I also like backtracks GUI and art XD
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Ah interesting, thanks, Not gonna lie I also like backtracks GUI and art XD

That will just be a standard Linux desktop environment (DE) / window manager (WM). You can have that GUI on any Linux distro you like.
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True, but then I would have to set it all up and get the backgrounds lol
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The setup process takes all of 10 seconds
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