Format extended partition?

Tony Arnold tony.arnold at
Tue Sep 26 16:13:29 UTC 2006

On Tue, 2006-09-26 at 11:25 -0400, Dave M wrote:
> I am a windows user, new to Linux/Ubuntu. My plan is to migrate to Ubuntu 
> if I can.
> I installed V6.06 and partitioned my 120Gb IDE drive with 8Gb for \ and 2Gb 
> for swap. I set the remainder of the space (~101Gb) as an extended partition.
> After booting and updating Ubuntu, I tried to access the extended 
> partition. It looks like the installer did not format that partition.
> So I clicked on "System-Administration-Disks" and selected "Partitions-Free 
> Space" which I assume is the extended partition. It shows "Free Space not 
> partitioned" and shows 101.39Gb not avalable.
> But the buttons "Create" and "Delete" are grayed out. So how do I go about 
> formatting the extended partition?

You can't put a files system in an extended partition. An extended
partition is a container for logical partitions, so you need to create
one or more logical partitions first. You may have to pick the manual
partitioning option during the install.

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