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I am trying to install Linux Mint 13 on my VirtualBox. I created a new VB hard drive with a dynamically allocated size of 8GB (I have tried with fixed size as well). I have tried installing Linux Mint 13 64-bit and 32-bit and every time during install, it sees the hard drive size as 8.6GB (bigger than I made the drive to be) and if I proceed, after install it only sees the drive size as 4.5GB and of course fills up very quickly.

I am on a Windows 7 64-bit host OS with 8GB of memory (4GB which I have been allocating to the guest). I didn't have any issues with install. Everything goes smoothly until the drive size is shown in my guest.

What am I doing wrong? Should I try an earlier version (I have already downloaded both architectures of 13)?

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Boot with a bootable disc image like Ubuntu for example or RIP and run gparted and see what it reports as the disk size. And/or any utility of choice to see what the drive image size is being reported as. –  Bart Silverstrim Jun 6 '12 at 17:14
    
GParted says 8GB, but even after creating a partition table on the disk, the installer still sees it as 8.6GB....bizarre.....still stumped –  Benny Jun 6 '12 at 17:24
    
What does it say the partition table type and filesystem are? –  Bart Silverstrim Jun 6 '12 at 17:25

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Turns out it was pretty simple. I've never allocated this much memory to a VM before so it turns out that since I had 4GB of memory and told mint to take care of the partitioning itself, it used 4GB for the swap hence my 8GB turning into 4GB. I made a new HD and allocated 12GB and now I have 8GB available after install.

Side Note Still baffles me that Mint recognizes the drive as 8.6GB when it's really only 8GB, but nonetheless I got up and running.

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