Problems Installing a Linux operating system on my Dell Inspiron Mini.(5 posts)
Just from thinking a bit, I am assuming your mini has windows already installed. With OEM machines you almost always have at least 3 partitions already. You usually have a partition for your OS (Windows), a recovery partition, and usually some sort of utility partition. Depending on the OEM you may even have the windows System Reserved partition which is the partition that contains files necessary to boot windows. You may be at the maximum of 4 partitions on an MBR disk. That is why I asked to see the output of that terminal command from linux Live CD. whs's suggestion will accomplish the same thing, but will be run from windows. Either way will suffice.