Debian Installation :: Don't Want To Partition Disks But Installation Insists

Oct 1, 2014

I'm creating a new debian virtual machine. As virtual disks are free, I want to use tree for my new machine. The scheme will be like this:

sda -> /boot
sdb -> /root
sdc -> swap

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Debian Installation :: Creating A New Boot Partition - One Of My Disks In My Computer Crashed

May 11, 2011

One of my disks in my computer crashed, it was the one containing /boot and some data partitions. The other system and /home partitions were on a second disk, which is ok.

I was wondering, can I create a new /boot partition, and keep on using the rest of the system? Can I somehow do it with a chroot from a live/installer disk, run grub, and use my system again? I have another disk which I can put in the system, but there is even an unused partition on the disk which is ok (but it is rather big for /boot).

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Ubuntu Installation :: Anyway To Re-partition Disks To Use RAID1

Aug 1, 2011

I just installed Ubuntu server edition to my computer (brand new, no OS) and finished installation. In the terminal I used apt-get ubuntu-desktop to install a desktop interface.In my rig, I have two 500GB HDDs. I set them up through my computer BIOS as RAID1 drives, yet as I understand I still need to configure the Ubuntu software raid for it to work correctly. Unfortunately, I already partitioned my drives! I used the easy way (guided with LVM or whatever) and let it do it for me. Now, RAID1 is very important to me! Is there anyway to repartition the disks to use RAID1, or do I need to wipe my computer and reinstall Ubuntu?

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Aug 7, 2010

So I installed Wubi with Ubuntu 10.04 and chose the standard partition size (8GB?) and now I am running out of disc space. How do I resize this partition?

This guide didn't help: [url]

How do I resize the virtual disks? The download link doesn't work and LVPM doesn't support 10.04.

Any other options or do I need to re-install the whole Wubi?

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Nov 8, 2010

I bought an 1tb hard disk today and cloned my old 160gb ubuntu install to the new disk using gddrescue (from this tutorial [URL]) and everything worked fine. The problem is that I can't resize my home partition to fill the rest of the disk. I've tried using a live-cd and booting from my 160gb hard disk but I still can't resize the partition.

Here's the "sudo fdisk -l" output:


Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes


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General :: Ubuntu 9.10 Installation Insists For RAID Hard Drives

Jan 29, 2010

So windows wouldn't recognize my drives as a raid setup, so I disabled it and switched to IDE, now Ubuntu 9.10 installation will only recognize my drives as RAID. I have and ASUS M3A32-MVP Deluxe Series motherboard, it has 4 sata connectors and 2 marvel controlled sata connectors. In the 4 sata connectors I have my 2 wd 500gb hds, my dvd burner, and my external usb, esata slots. In the marvel controlled sata connector I have a wd 160gb hd. Originally when I built the computer I wanted a raid setup with the 2 500 gb hds.

But windows wouldn't recognize the raid set-up and wouldn't boot properly. So I said screw it and removed the raid and set all the drives to IDE. Then, when I tried to install Ubuntu 9.04 it would only recognize my 2 500 gb hds as raid. Gparted recognizes the drives as both raid and IDE. Eventually, after a day or two of praying and messing around the installer recognized both drives as raid and IDE. A couple months later here I am trying to install Ultimate Edition 1.4.

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Debian Installation :: System With Multiple Disks

Jun 25, 2015

I have given up (for now, at least) the idea of a raid solution but I will still have 2-3 hard disks available for my workstation. If I choose to reinstall from scratch,can I have essentially two different homes?

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Debian Installation :: Booting On Two Separate Disks?

Sep 13, 2010

Got Wintendo7 on one samsung S-ATA disk. ( need it for starcraft2 and Homeworld2... sorry.. )

Now..: Booting Debian Unstable from USB or CD-ROM, then start installer. Tell it to install on second samsung S-ATA disk.
Before I go on, I just feel i will get into some serious trouble with GRUB?

Or will the installer understand, and see the windows7 installation and add it to Grub?

If not, what should I do inside /boot/grub/menu.lst when Debian is up and running?

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Debian Installation :: Disks Naming And Labeling?

Aug 7, 2011

During installation when i set the partitions i have to provide a Name and a Label. What is the difference of these? It looks like only one should be needed. Any problems of using the same name for both?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Which Disks Can Be Main Boot Disks

Mar 31, 2010

I have/had a PC with several hard drives, and a mix of ubuntu and windows on multi boot.The old boot drive died screaming, and I need to start again. (But my data is safe! yay!)

Is there anything special about which drive can be the main drive to start booting from? Or to put it another way, can I install to any of the other 3 and expect it to work, or do I need to switch them around so a different drive is on the connections for the recently dead one?

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Debian Installation :: Mac Pro 1.1 - REFIt Won't Show Install And Live Disks At Startup

Mar 19, 2016

I have a Mac Pro 1.1 and am having trouble installing Debian. I installed rEFIt but it won't show my install and live disks at startup. I have very little experience with the command line but would be willing to try. I have installed debian to my pc and used the command line successfully there, but want the OS for my mac.

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Ubuntu Installation :: No Sound - System Does Not Recognize The Existence Of The Sound Card And Insists On Using Alternative Audio Devices

Aug 22, 2010

New Ubuntu installation with a big problem: no sound.

OS: Ubuntu 10.4.1
Hardware: HP Pavilion Elite e9150t (64 bit)
Sound card: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio

Preliminary checks of sound level settings and obvious dumb stuff but there is still no sound. The problem seems to be that the system does not recognize the existence of the sound card and insists on using alternative audio devices.


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Debian Installation :: Create An Encrypted Partition During Installation?

Jul 30, 2010

Installing Debian on a new laptop and read that Debian-Installer (DI) can create an encrypted partition (/home) during installation.However, when I went through installation and started the manual partitioning (standard, non-lvm) , I am unable to locate the encryption option.

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Debian Installation :: Wiped Windows Partition With Swap And LVM Partition

Jan 17, 2015

I am having issues with Grub 2 after installing Debian 7.8.0.The computer is a HP Pavilion 500-307nb. I made the original harddrive /dev/sdb and inserted a Samsung Evo 840 as /dev/sda. From the original hard drive (/dev/sdb), I wiped the windows partition, but left all other partitions unchanged (in case I would ever want to recover the desktop to its original state). I replaced the wiped windows partition with a swap partition and an LVM partition.These are my hard drive partitions:

/dev/sda (Samsung Evo 840)

Number Start End Size File system Name Flags
1 1049kB 3146kB 2097kB primary bios_grub
2 3146kB 944MB 941MB ext4 boot
3 944MB 94.4GB 93.4GB host lvm
4 94.4GB 1000GB 906GB guests lvm


The partition /dev/sda3 has 2 logical volumes with filesystem ext4 that I mount to / and /home.The partition /dev/sda2 is mounted to /boot..When I install like this, Debian installs fine, however Grub2 is not installed correctly.Debian installs grub-pc which seems not able to boot the gpt partition. So I boot the Debian CD in rescue mode and execute:

mount /dev/sda2 /boot
aptitude purge grub-pc
aptitude -y install grub-efi

After rebooting, I come in the grub rescue shell, which says: error: no such device: 986f2176--4a4b-4222-83b9-8636a034b3c7.

When I then enter in the grub rescue shell:
set boot=(hd0,gpt2)
set prefix=(hd0,gpt2)/grub
insmod normal

Grub and Debian start up correctly.why can Grub not start up automatically correctly? Where does the UUID 986f2176--4a4b-4222-83b9-8636a034b3c7 come from? I have reinstalled Grub several times, I have reinstall Debian several times, I have even wiped all partitions from /dev/sda and recreated a new gpt table with parted and manually set the partitions in parted. Still on each reinstallation, Grub fails because it cannot find exactly the same UUID. Since this UUID is always the same, it must be stored somewhere, but it cannot be the partitions, I have wiped them and the partition table several times.

I did though a firmware update of the Samsung Evo 840 before reinstallation, could this be a cause?Also the problem is not in grub.cfg. Grub starts correctly if I enter the commands above in the grub rescue screen and the UUID value does not appear there.

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Feb 26, 2011

I have downloaded NETINSTALL disk from burned it and during installation it says that error and inst will not continued. This disk havent error replace disks and reburned them. On this computer debian 6 has been installed two weeks ago. "Running post-installation trigger fontconfig" on this stage i have fail.

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Fedora Installation :: Could Not Mount Disks After 15 Installation?

Jul 7, 2011

I`d like to know what happens when with the disks the we include in the installation process of Fedora 15.Obviously, the HD we choose to be the system is entirely formated and reconfigured. But what about the others? What does happen to them? I`m asking this because I have included two brand new disks of 2 TB, one of them with 900.000 files and the other empty, both of them formated with ext4, and completely functional on Fedora 14. However, after the upgrade, in the very first Fedora 15 boot, these disks disapeared from "places", and could not be mounted even via terminal. Opening the Gnome Disk Utility, I found out they had been changed to VLM (instead of ext4) and that they also lost their original lable. I am starting to be concerned because all the data there was important to me.

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Debian Hardware :: Servers Which Contain SATA Disks And SAS Disks?

Feb 25, 2010

I have servers which contain SATA disks and SAS disks. I was testing the speed of writing on these servers and I recognized that SAS 10.000 disks much more slowly than the SATA 7200. What do you think about this slowness? What are the reasons of this slowness?

I am giving the below rates (values) which I took from my test (from my comparisons between SAS 10.000 and SATA 7200);

dd if=/dev/zero of=bigfile.txt bs=1024 count=1000000 when this comment was run in SAS disk server, I took this output(10.000 rpm)

(a new server,2 CPU 8 core and 8 gb ram)

1000000+0 records in
1000000+0 records out
1024000000 bytes (1.0 GB) copied, 12.9662 s, 79.0 MB/s (I have not used this server yet) (hw raid1)


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Fedora Installation :: Installation - Creating A Swap Partition Or A Boot Partition?

Jul 27, 2009

I have a brand new thinkpad X301 with 4GB of RAM and thinking of getting fedora 11 on it. The plan is to have it triple boot with vista/seven and hopefully OSx86. I am aware of the 4 primary partitions limit on an MBR disk. I was thinking of having a swap file instead of swap partition and not creating a boot partition as well. If I install the boot loader(GRUB?) on the root partition will I be able to boot it without any problems by using vista's boot loader?

Or Maybe I should install GRUB on the MBR and add all the other operating systems on it? Does anyone have any objections for not creating a swap partition or a boot partition? When comes to desktop environment I've been using KDE in the past, is there any major advantage of using Gnome over it? KDE seems to look really nice on fedora where Gnome is maybe more stable?

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Debian Installation :: No EFI Partition Was Found

Jan 5, 2014

i was trying to install Debian for the first time (after trying ubuntu, which could not get installed at all) on my new notebook, along with Windows 8. During the installation process i got a message saying No EFI Partition was found. I could not do anything about it so i ignored it, completed the installation and now when i start the computer it just goes straight to Windows 8.

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Debian Installation :: HD Failed To Partition

Sep 27, 2015

I have now tried twice, with the same results, to install Debian 8.2.0 onto my hard drive. Each time it went through the installation as if everything was working. But, when it rebooted, it came up in grub rescue mode. When I do an "ls" command, it only shows the hard drive and no partition information. When I do an "ls (ho0,1)" it reports no such partition.

When is my installation failing? Why is it not partitioning the hard drive and loading the OS? Obviously it can write to the disk or else grub wouldn't come up at boot.

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Debian Installation :: Cloning Partition To A Bigger One

Dec 4, 2015

I have read several manuals and online html on how to clone a partition to a greater one, I am still not sure about what to do.

Code: Select all# df -k /srv /usr
Filesystem     1K-blocks    Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/md5        38445384  195236  36297128   1% /srv
/dev/md3         8648896 1088016   7121540  14% /usr

What is the recommended procedure to clone i.e. /dev/mdx (/usr) partition to a greater one, say /dev/mdy, to accommodate for growth, whilst preserving attributes including timestamps (and yes, that means also including ctime).All of # cp -ax SOURCE DEST, # rsync -ax SOURCE DEST and # cpio modify ctime.Some sites recommend dd, i.e.:

Code: Select all# dd if=/dev/mdx of=/dev/mdy bs=512 conv=noerror,notrunc,sync

URL....However, I am not sure what will dd copy do with end of partition, and will it see the remaining space on /srv (it's contents are dummy and will be overwritten).

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Debian Installation :: 8.0 - Need To Mount Raid Partition

Dec 21, 2015

Have a new debian install on a asus h170m-plus (was going to use ubuntu but didnt support the hardware/software combo i needed)

Install is fine. but during install it didnt see my 1tb raid1 drive..

after reboot, debain boots great, and i can mount the raid drive in the file manager.

I can see it and in mtab it shows up :

"/dev/md126 /media/user/50666249-947c-4e8f-8f56-556b713a6b6a ext4 rw,nosuid,nodev,relatime,data=ordered 0 0"

How can I permanently add this mount point so it is found at boot up at /data...

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Debian Installation :: From The Live Cd - Cannot Decrypt The Partition

Jul 19, 2010

I'm trying to install debian on a encrypted partition with LUKS and LVM. I've found a good tutorial for ubuntu (here but it's in french). The idea is to create a sda1 partition for /boot and create a sda2 partition which is encrypted with luks ("cryptsetup -c aes-xts-plain -s 512 luksFormat /dev/sda2") and on this encrypted partition, I use LVM to divide it in several different partitions (root, swap, home,...).

I can do it all with the debian live cd but once it's done I need to install debian. The problem is that with the basic install cd (I use netinstall), I cannot decrypt the partition for the installation (or if I can how ?)And with the live cd, I didn't find any option to do that.

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Jan 1, 2011

My hard drive is partitioned fairly simply, with two primary partitions, one for Windows and one for Debian Squeeze.How can I remove sda1 and make it so that Debian takes up the whole disk on one large partition without reinstalling?I have downloaded and burnt the gparted live cd, but I daren't go any further without some hand holding.

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Feb 7, 2011

I have 3 partition:

# fdisk -l
Disco /dev/sda: 20.0 GB, 20020396032 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 2434 cylinders
Units = cilindros of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
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Feb 14, 2011

I am trying to replace an existing ubuntu installation with the current debian testing release. But when it comes to select partitions to install on none of the existing partitions is visible. I only see my SATA hard drive empty. The existing installation of Windows is still bootable and fdisk as well as cfdisk correctly recognize the partition table while parted (which I assume is used by the installation process; all tools run from a live cd) is not:

[root@localhost liveuser]# cfdisk /dev/sda
cfdisk (util-linux-ng 2.18)
Disk Drive: /dev/sda
Size: 160041885696 bytes, 160.0 GB
Heads: 255Sectors per Track: 63Cylinders: 19457 .....

[root@localhost liveuser]# parted /dev/sda unit s print
Error: Can't have overlapping partitions.

I am not sure what parted's error message means. I can hardly imagine that it complains about the logical partitions with in the extended one. The reasons for the trouble might come frome the fact that sda4 is marked as primary partition (see cfdisk output). If this is the case, how can I repair this?

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Feb 22, 2011

I am preparing a dual boot system. Used gparted to do the partitioning. Unfortunately did not notice that one can choose to align on MB (default) or cyl (probably preferable) Now my setup is running ok but fdisk reports warnings like Partition 4 not on cylinder boundary

Looking up the net I see two conflicting views on this:

1. Forget it -- cylinders are not relevant on today's disks

2. For linux this is ok but windows may clobber the adjacent partition in such a 'non-aligned' partition

The real problem is that parted, gparted, fdisk etc are mutually inconsistent in what kind of partition table is 'good' and I dont know who to believe

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Mar 29, 2011

So I tried installing ubuntu on a blank partition on my mac. Everything went well, but then it said it was going to reboot. On startup, it went straight to a white screen. I tried holding down the alt button but I got no luck.

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May 6, 2011

I am trying To install debian 6 with xp in dual boot after a crash during update version 10.10 to 11.04 (not enought space but no information about that it's moment for change something ..) so i found unetbootin like the more simple way for my "ecodieselesecondhanddust pc" with download only iso image : debian-6.0.1a-i386-xfce+lxde-CD-1.iso without use any bash command ... after launch the usb key everything work well , except during the manual partition where i want use xp partition (ntfs) and not others choices proposed like fat ,btrfs,jfs,xfs,ex2,3 or 4..! how i can use NTFS choice and to be sure to not delete my xp partition with an other choice not appopriate to ntfs ? it's seems to add a kernel module with modprobe in bash , but i have not idea with which option exactly ?

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May 16, 2011

I installed an old version on accident, I used an encrypted LVM. When I removed the old debian and started the installation of the new version, the encrypted partition could not be used to install, and the drive itself was creating an error message when I tried to mount the installation there. This is probably a vague explanation of what is happening, but does anyone know how to remove these encrypted LVM partitions?

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