Debian Installation :: Lost Pen Drive Partition While Installing

Jul 3, 2011

I wan trying to install Debain on a 4GB USB drive while running the setting something happened with my pc and i had to restart it.I try to boot from the USB drive it worked but was giving a empty cursor. the installation did not continue.i open the USB drive in my pc now but it shows just 300 MB space and lost the 3.7 GB space.I think space of USB drive with that partition, can i recover my USB drive lost partition space ?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Lost Boot Partition On Drive Failure

Jan 1, 2011

We had a drive failure on /dev/sda. Everything 'except' boot was on raid5 across sda, sdb, sdc, sdd. I know how to repartition a new drive and rebuild the raid etc, but I don't know how to regenerate the files that reside on the boot partition. I really don't want to re-install as we have lot of custom code and software that may depend on our current libraries and build environment.

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Debian Installation :: Installing Debian On The Second Drive Without Messing With The Windows Drive?

Mar 21, 2011

I was wondering. Up till now whenever I installed Linux I've either dual booted with Windows off 1 HDD, or installed straight Linux by itself. However, I recently purchased a second HDD for my computer, and was wondering how I could go about installing Debian on the second drive without messing with the windows drive? Right now I have Windows 7 installed on my 1TB drive, and would like to try and install Debian on my second (750GB) drive. Would it be possible to install Debian on the second drive, install grub on that drive's MBR so I could choose between Debian and Win7 without touching the MBR on the 1TB Windows drive?

I'm paranoid about messing up my Seven installation, but really want to be able to load into Debian as well.

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General :: Lost Partition - Grub Loading But Can't See LVM Drive

Aug 22, 2010

I've resisted the urge to post for as long as I could. I use these forums quite often in finding answers to the numerous linux questions that I've had & found it to be a great resource. For some reason after an innocent reboot of my Fedora 12 Core system, GRUB decided it would no longer load the O/S. I was just getting a flashing _ in the top left of the screen. I thought there must be a problem with the partition table & have used the systemRescueCd to run testdisk (I have made a copy of the disk first to an image file using dd - don't worry I made sure I got the commands around the correct way!).

testdisk shows that I have a partition which is bootable & Primary, which appears to be the grub partition (I can list the files in test disk). However when I search the disk I get the following after it has found a couple of partitions. (it is an 80Gb disk)


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Debian Installation :: Installing From A Local Partition?

Jul 8, 2011

Is it possible to partition a hard drive with Debian already installed and put a live disc image in the second one and use grub to boot it. Then using this boot to the installer and install to the first partition.The answer for why I want to try this is that I have a computer that runs a robot that needs Debian. There is no CD, USB, or internet currently on the drive. there is an Ethernet plug, but It won't work until the OS is in place. We tried taking the hard drive and installing Debian to it from a USB stick on another computer, but it has the wrong Ethernet drivers and we can't get it to talk to the internet on the robot's computer.

Everything else is fine, but with out an internet connection the robot will not work.If your interested the board is an old Versalogic VSBC-8 and the robot is a Pioneer 1 from Mobile robotics. The hard drive (not that it matters) is a standard 80GB IDE notebook drive from Western Digital.

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Debian Installation :: Installing Lenny From USB Drive?

May 3, 2010

I am trying to install Debian from a USB stick (which was prepared by unetbootin). The installer / kernel loads, and setup runs fine until It searches for a CD-ROM drive. My computer doesn't have a CD-ROM drive, but the net install ISO has been burned onto my USB stick. Is there some way that I can mount my USB stick as the cd-rom drive? it's of type FAT32 if it matters.

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Debian Installation :: Can't Open CDROM Drive While Installing VM 7.6

Oct 9, 2014

VirtualBox 4.3.14
Windows 7
Debian 7.6

I'm trying to create a new VM with Debian 7.6. I downloaded the 3 install iso discs and tried to install. When I begin the installation it seems to take control of the CDROM and I am no longer able to eject it by either pressing the eject button or trying to eject through Windows. The installation goes fine until it asks if I have any other discs to install (which I do ... I have 2 more). At this point I say "Yes" but I cannot get the CDROM to open up at all since it doesn't automatically eject for another disc and as I mentioned before ... I can't do it manually or in Windows.

- I cannot do an installation over the internet because this is a government computer which is requires to be hooked to a government network. There are certain certificates required to access the network which are not available to my newly made (or in the process of making) Linux system but rather only to my host Windows system.
- I cannot use a newer version of VirtualBox because that opens up a whole new set of issues dealing with WinVerifyTrust getting CERT_E_REVOCATION_FAILURE most likely due to our symantec security software.

So my Storage Settings in VirtualBox are as follows for my CDROM drive:
- Controller: IDE Controller
- Type: PIIX4
- "Use Host I/O Cache" is checked
- Host Drive D:
- CD/DVD Drive: IDE Secondary Master
- "Passthrough" is checked

I cannot install the Debian 7.6 OS because I cannot eject each disc and put in the next disc. The only way I can eject the disc is if I reboot my entire system (host windows system) which obviously leaves me at an unfinished point in my install and therefore I have to restart the install and end up right where I was 30 minutes earlier.

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Debian Installation :: Add Partition To USB Flash Drive Bootable Installer

May 19, 2015

I created a bootable Debian installer on my USB flash drive. The Debian Installation Guide advises;

The hybrid image on the stick does not occupy all the storage space, so it may be worth considering using the free space to hold firmware files or packages or any other files of your choice. This could be useful if you have only one stick or just want to keep everything you need on one device. Create a second, FAT partition on the stick, mount the partition and copy or unpack the firmware onto it.

I want to put non free firmware packages on the stick but when I try to create a FAT partition in the free space using Disk Utility I get the following error;

Error creating partition: helper exited with exit code 1: In part_add_partition: device_file=/dev/sdb, start=661837824, size=7507093504, type=
Entering MS-DOS parser (offset=0, size=8168931328)
looking at part 0 (offset 0, size 657457152, type 0x00)
new part entry

[Code] ....

I formatted the drive to clear it, created a new FAT partition and copied the Debian.iso to it again. When I tried again to create a partition in the free space the same error occurred.

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Debian Installation :: Bootable Install/recovery Hard Drive Partition?

Aug 9, 2011

I would like to build an oem style install partions that is bootable with menu to choose if I want to run install or boot already installed system. I would like to include current source packages on the same dive so if I don't have internet access at time of install, can can still install what I need.I know with Windows Vista and Windows 7, you can get this but how can I do this with Debian?

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Debian :: Configure Squeeze To Use Lost SWAP Partition

Jan 23, 2011

During the second OS (CentOS) setup, the shared SWAP partition was formatted and now I get the following under Debian:
# free
total used free shared buffers cached
Mem: 507524 251436 256088 0 11488 78332
-/+ buffers/cache: 161616 345908
Swap: 0 0 0
How to configure Squeeze to use again this SWAP partition?

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Apr 29, 2011

I recently thought it would be a good idea to install ubuntu on my home computer thats running XP home edition. Initially When running the live CD it asked me what partition I wanted it to go on. So I chose to share the one with windows on it assuming it would create a dual boot automatically. After Install of Ubuntu I restarted and It booted straight into ubuntu without the option of XP. After looking around on Ubuntu for some signs of Windows files I panicked and decided to put the XP disc in to see if I could fix the boot for windows. Big mistake! After some research on some forums to appeared to suggest running fixboot and fixmbr so I did with no joy.

After this nothing worked and when I put the live CD in again It just went into the virtual environment. So then I was left with no OS at all it seems. Panicking even more I tried to repair the original XP install but windows couldn't see the partition which seemed strange since the repair console finds the windows install.The windows install is on the C drive which is a partition on a single no raid SATA drive. (Hope that makes sense).After scratching my head and googling like crazy I found a few tutorials on Grub that suggested that you could insert the root of the XP install and it would boot fine. As I am not familiar with Ubuntu this went a bit over my head. At this point I thought I didn't have much to lose and Installed Ubuntu again on a new partition on another drive to have a go but I couldn't find where to find the root and even if I could I would know where to put it.When I went into disc into disk utility it didn't even show the SATA volume anyway. It shows the adapter but no volume Im so confused and I feel like Im fumbling in the dark hoping to bump into the answer.

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Ubuntu :: Partition Virtual Drive Before Installing Operatin Systems

Aug 13, 2010

I have an acer laptop (TravelMate 7320) which came with Windows Vista. I have made copies of the recovery disk for vista and installed Ubuntu 10.04 and would like to run Vista from a virtual machine in Ubuntu and for this purpose I installed Virtualbox. The problem is that the recover disk that acer provide require the hard drive to partitioned in a certain way otherwise the installation process error outputting "No partition available".

Acer do provide a bootable CD for download from there website to partition the drive before installing from their recovery disk but I have tried this with virtual box and the process doesn't detect the virtual drive. So my question is does anyone know of a virtualisation software for Ubuntu that they could recommend that allow for the partitioning of virtual disk before the installation of an OS? Or even better does anyone know how to do this with Virtualbox?

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General :: Missing Partition After Installing Ubuntu On External Drive?

Feb 3, 2011

I am keen to start using Ubuntu and have installed it on one of 4 partitions on my new 1 TB external HD. I got to the reboot stage where I was expecting a new boot screen where I could decide to use either XP or Ubuntu. But there is no mention of Ubuntu just XP and the volume I installed Ubuntu on has disappeared. I can find the other 3 volumes on My Computer.

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Aug 24, 2011

I just installed Fedora on my pc with windows XP pre-installed (dual boot). I had the same setup with ubuntu before with no problems. My ntfs windows partition is of 15 gb approximately and the remaining space that was available for fedora was about 220 GB (non partitioned - I removed all the partitions excepting the windows one using gparted from liveCD prior to beginning installation) ..........after installation etc home folder shows me only 150GB of space.....what's happening? Where has all the remaining space gone to?

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Apr 30, 2010

This morning, i want to install ubuntu 9.10 and want to upgrade to 10.04. Im using live CD and while install, i go to advance partition and resize the windows partition and after i resize the partition i saw my windows partition has lost.Here the details:Windows XP size: 80gb and free size 35gbi want to use my ubuntu size around 10gb, after i resize to 10gb and format etx4 as root my windows partition has gone. how to recovery and revert my windows partition back?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Retieving Lost Partition And Data?

May 12, 2010

I was a regular Windows user and have installed Ubuntu 10.04 LTS 2 days back. Not really sure what was my mistake during installation but that had erased all my data. I lost windows completely and lost all my data in all 4 drives including drives itself.I searched in internet and forums as how could I recover my data, and got solution to use test disk. Testdisk worked perfectly, I recovered my 4 drives and retrieved data for 2 of my drives. But I still cann't retrive my important data from other drives.I guess data still exists in hard disk. (no free space , and no data)I know there could be several threads which had solved this kind of problem.

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Nov 10, 2010

I wanted to experiment with Fedora 14.

The machine has Windows XP and Ubuntu 9.10.

Before today when I turned the machine on there was a black screen with many Linux kernels to choose from and Windows.

I created another for Fedora and installed it on there - the Ubuntu root partition is still there.

When I boot now, there is a blue Fedora screen with just it and Windows.

To make matters worse Fedora doesn't work with my graphics card (Matrox). I would like to get Fedora working but still want to have the ability to use Ubuntu again.

What do I need to change to be able to boot into Ubuntu again and how do I do it?

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Apr 15, 2010

After installing Fedora 12 from a live CD, I ended up that my Vista completly gone is.
In the grub loader, I cannot see my Vista boot record.

I thought when installing, I choose 'use free space', as there I reservered 7 gigabyte for Fedora.

I can see all the files including my Windows directories and home.

Is there a possibility that I can recover my Vista? and so, make it dual boot?

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Jun 19, 2011

I would like to install Linux Ubuntu 11.04 on an external hard drive - its partitioned and ready for Linux.I've downloaded and burnt the .iso file to a DVD so its all good so far...First of all... is this possible without messing up my macbook? I don't particularly want to break into my macbook to disconnect the hard drive (I read on a tutorial for a previous version of Ubuntu that I'd have to do that... - does it still apply to 11.04?) - as it voids the warranty (I checked ).The reason I ask this is because I had a friend who partitioned their internal hard drive and installed Ubuntu on it. But after installation was complete they couldn't boot up Windows 7 or Ubuntu... and it resulted in them having to clean install Windows 7... - I don't want to end up in that situation

Second... If it is possible to install it without messing up my macbook... - Do I just follow the install instructions but just make sure that where possible I make sure that everything is installed on my external hard drive?...I really need someone to put my mind at rest that everything will run smoothly and that I'll be able to run Mac OS X as usual but also that I'll be able to boot from my external hard drive to run Ubuntu.

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Jul 21, 2009

This is my 6th install of Fedora, begining with Fedora 4 I have had very good luck with all until 9 and I lost all data on drive by my bad clicks in a frustrated session. Now I have a great install of Fedora 10 with the exception that I fouled up and typed in a user (myself-'andybill') and am finding out that the work I need to do cannot be maximized by operating in user - andybill, I need to be super user. I have just moved and have not done any collaboration with our senior partner in a data development start up that he is the intellectual property in deed and law. For me to get back on track my using this OS I have to be master of all libraries, drivers etc. I am a nu-b (only 2 1/2 years, with no computer science background. This explains why I need step by step commands without abbriviated lingo-So if I can remove myself as andybill, make all root

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Apr 21, 2011

Well i have Debian on, and have been using Wine to use some windows applications, unfortunately the 2 main games i wanted to use don't work on it, and a variety of other applications don't work either. XP is a bit intensive for my laptop, so even though i own it, i can't install it. I wanted to install Windows 98 to my laptop, but there are some issues, and i have no idea how to get around them.

1. My laptop has no CD/DVD drive (has one but doesn't seem to read any disk), it has no floppy drives, and the BIOS does not support booting from USB.

2. When trying to create a seperate partition on my HDD with linux on to try and make room for Windows, it stops me saying the drive is busy.

2.8GHZ Pentium 4
ATI Radeon Mobility 7000 IGP 32MB Shared memory
256MB of RAM (217MB due to shared memory)
2GB USB Storage Device which currently has Windows 98 SE setup files on it.

Has an internet connection via ethernet cable to my brothers laptop. Also have GRUB installed, asks me which OS to boot. Debian Squeeze.

Ideally i wanted to wipe debian off, as its putting my laptop under a bit of strain and can't run what i want it too, or if thats not possible, just split the HDD in 2 and have Windows 98 as my main OS.

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Jul 20, 2010

I have C: and D: on my computer. the D drive has 250 GB of free space. I would like to install it on the D drive without harming my existing windows. I have booted through an USB and it has an icon that says "install fedora on your hard disk". How do I make sure that it will be installed only my D drive without harming my windows?

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Jan 1, 2010

I have a partition that I want to put Debian on, and I'm using UNetbootIn, and whenever I try to use it, I can't make it install to my drive. The only option is for my C drive. Can you tell me another way to install Debian to my partition. Do I need to make the partition a logical drive?

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Sep 8, 2010

I have installed a core debian install on the NAND on a little ARM dockstar, which is fine as a slow little media storage server but really i need to put squeezebox server on it and my media collection. Theres no issue slapping in a 2.5 usb HD in to the dock with my media on ... the issue i have is i do not have room in nand for the server application/associated dependancies (plus a lot of read/write issues if i put them in nand) so i am wondering if its possible to ammend the configuration somehow to have apt automatically install the server software (a pig to do manually with all the dependancies) to the USB HD (rather than the default nand paths) without affecting the operation/dependancies in the core install in NAND

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Feb 16, 2010

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dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda count=1024 bs=1024

or can i just install the hd and go on to install debian?

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Sep 17, 2014

I've just installed Debian 7 Netinst on an old laptop. It's using one of those PCMCIA(?) wireless NIC card things. It recognised it during the install, asked me for some driver files which it found on my mobile phone when I connected it to the laptop's USB Went through the whole install process without any problems and the only changes to default I made was to deselect "Debian Desktop..." and selected "SSH Server". Rebooted, get a command prompt and login OK .... but it's not picked up the network thingy. Twice I've done this. Why is it losing the networking...

There is a glitch in my install. It doesn't find the NIC first time so I click "Back" and it takes me to the installer menu. There I choose "Detect Network Hardware" and OK. It finds the card, installs the drivers from my phone and prompts me for the WAP's SSID. I select "Back" again, choose "Detect Network Hardware" again and it goes OK and finds 3 WAPs in range. All goes well after that. I don't see how that can mess it up though I'm going to do it all again but this time select the "Debian Desktop" option and let you know if that changes things.

I'm having to be careful with the partitioner ... If I allowed it to install to the "Largest contiguous..." it would end up on my mobile phone as the laptop has a 10Gb drive and the phone 32Gb .

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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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Mar 7, 2010

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Jun 16, 2011

Im running Squeeze (in VirtualBox on a Win host), and I need to clone my drive to a bigger one and boot from that drive. I used gparted from a live cd for the cloning, and got the following result with fdisk -l:

Disk /dev/sda: 8589 MB, 8589934592 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 1044 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes


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Dec 24, 2010

I want to install ubuntu in another partition. I have C: which contains Windows 7 Ultimate and i have D: for files. D: was pre-configured with my desktop. I wonder how to install Ubuntu in D: .

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