General :: Unable To Install Hard Drive

Mar 21, 2011

I want to install Puppy on laptop HD. When I run the Universal Installer and select GParted it brings up the Hard Drive (SDA -ATA Toshiba MK6015MA 5.595 Gib) is on Old Compaq Presario 1200. I'll select that drive and hit ok it just takes me back to the Universal Installer Screen. When I first started the Hard Drive was listed and somehow I must have removed it. Is there another program where I can select the HD and partition it etc.

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Red Hat / Fedora :: Unable To Install 14 On Hard Drive

Mar 21, 2011

I successfully created a live usb to boot fedora but, i want it installed on my hard disk.

So now i am in Fedora (via a (live fedora installed) usb).

I have created a 5GB (unallocated) partition on my 500GB hard disk.

Currently there are 4 partitions on my hard disk -

(assume original size)
C: of size 53GB.
D: of size 210GB
E: of size 210GB
G: of size 10GB to boot ubuntu(not installed).

AND a 5GB unallocated as i have stated above.

I am new to the installation of fedora to hard drive.So while clicking Install to hard drive i am stuck on the type of installation menu screen.

I dont know which one to select.i did checkout each one but after clicking for example replace existing linux system(s) what i get to see is only 2 hard drives/files on the left table.

1> my hard drive - detected as complete 500GB of space.
2> my 4GB Kingston pen drive on which my fedora live image is installed.

Then after reading the forums, i came across people asking for the output of the command sudo fdisk -l.(l means small L)

So i typed it in the terminal and this is what i got - Code: [liveuser@localhost ~]$ sudo fdisk -l

We trust you have received the usual lecture from the local System Administrator. It usually boils down to these three things:

#1) Respect the privacy of others.
#2) Think before you type.
#3) With great power comes great responsibility.

liveuser is not in the sudoers file. This incident will be reported.

I want to install Fedora 14 on my 5GB unallocated partition.

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Jan 2, 2010

Am trying to install Ubuntu 9.1 on hard drive 2 rather than hard drive 1(7 year old XP machine with 74 GB drive 1) Hard drive 2 is a Firewire-connected External Western Digital.)

with only a 41 MB partition avaialble for Linux).

Allocations are:

After install finsishes the boot process fails with:

Restored the MBR from a Windows CD, and thinking the boot loader needed to be in the MBR area of sdb, installed again with "Install Boot Loader" specified as sdb. Same results.

Restored the MBR and installed again with "Install Boot Loader" specified as hd0. Same results.

Restored the MBR and installed again with /boot allocated on sda2 (the 41 MB partition on the first hard drive). "Install Boot Loader" specified as hd0.

Booted successfully, but when installing updates, there was insufficeient space in the boot partition and could not restart.

Ubuntu 9.1 uses GRUB2 for the first time, so thinking "perhaps there's a glitch", installed Ubuntu 8.04 with the first set of specs described above - except "ext3" instead of "ext4". Got "Error 21" from GRUB which is the same as "no such disk".

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Jul 14, 2011

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Jul 17, 2011

Have been using mint 11 for past few weeks with no problem but failed to boot correctly. menu appeared giving options for booting but kept returning to this menu without going further so I opted to go for safe booting option, after loading a few files it asked for password but kept giving me the message incorrect password so I could get no further. Fortunately I had a cop of clonezilla and was able to restore a backup from a second hard drive but would be grateful for any observations anyone would like to make about this (in case it happens again)

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Apr 5, 2010

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Feb 22, 2010

I'm trying to get an external HD to mount on my Dell Laptop running OpenSuse 11.1. When I connect I get the following:

Quote:

dmesg:

usb 1-5: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 4
usb 1-5: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
scsi3 : SCSI emulation for USB Mass Storage devices
usb 1-5: New USB device found, idVendor=0bc2, idProduct=0503
usb 1-5: New USB device strings: Mfr=54, Product=69, SerialNumber=95

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But am left scratching my head. I don't think its showing up in the etc/mtab - which i think it is supposed to?

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Also, even if I manage to move it, will Windows still work on the new drive in a larger partition? I've had this laptop for quite a while, and I've lost the recovery discs that came with it a long time ago. I also have a lot of software without CDs to reinstall them with. This makes not reinstalling Windows a high priority.

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Sep 5, 2010

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May 14, 2010

I recently got a computer donated to me for free from my Computer Science class, as the teacher couldn't figure out what the problem was that was preventing him from booting to the startup screen (all I could figure out was that the slot the memory card was in was bad, so I switched slots and got it working). The hard drive on the computer was wiped with a disk nuker called DBAN. Now I would like to install a Linux OS on the computer, but whatever disc or distro I try gives me similar "unable to read" errors. I would like to know if there's anything software-wise I need to do before attempting to replace any hardware. An example of the error I'm getting is as follows (using a mandriva livecd):

/etc/rc.d/rc.sysinit: line 1281: /var/log/dmesy: Read-only file system
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Anyone know what I need to do to get this fixed so that I can install a Linux distro?

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Dec 18, 2010

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However, when I try powering my system up when the USB is plugged into the computer, it gives me an option between using the OS installed on my USB and the OS installed on my HD. Selecting the latter, everything loads up just fine. I'm guessing that installing Mint to the flash drive somehow messed with my native Grub installation.

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As my proficiency with Linux improves slowly, I've been trying to find the answers for myself, but in this situation I must admit I find myself rather stumped. I have a perfectly nicely working Fedora 12 install on an 80GB SATA drive, and when it hit an error and wouldn't boot last week (easily fixed with fsck from the initial command line) I panicked and ordered a new 250 GB drive. It got here and I might as well use it, I thought to myself, so I went about trying to figure out how to move my install without having to reset all of my settings, programs and so on. I didn't want to mess with dd because I'm not so so clear on resizing my partitions once the copy is done (if someone thinks this is a better idea I'm open to suggestions.) After some poking around I found this set of instructions which I attempted to follow to the letter, but hit some snags. I understand this thread I am referring to may be a bit outdated, which is why (I assume) I hit a bump here

Code:
# mount /dev/hdy1 /boot
mount returns an error demanding I specify the file system type. At a loss, I barreled on until
Code:

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To summarize, I partitioned and mounted my new drive using fdfisk and the instructions provided above, then used rsync to copy over all of the files, so as far as I know the new drive is ready to go, just not yet bootable. Opening the Grub.conf file in Kwrite (as root) returns a blank page. What do I do now?

As a side note, you can see that I am not too squeamish about the terminal, so I would prefer to find a "command line only" solution to this relatively simple (?) procedure.

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Jan 17, 2010

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Mar 7, 2010

I had a little mission this week-end = my girlfriends 250Gb SATA hard drive laptop crashed this week (video card failure), and I wanted to help her by getting all her valuable data on an old Pachard Bell EasyNote laptop I have hanging around.One big problem : this laptop does not boot on CD drive, nor USB drive, and does not have a Floppy slot. There is an old hard drive with a lot of bad sectors in it, and I have a 80Gb IDE drive I want to put in.

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I'm kinda stuck on what to do now. I still don't have a nice boot on the computer (only a Live-CD like obtained with the UNetBootIn tool), and am still not capable of doing a "real" install on the Laptop.I'm aware that solving the boot-from-cd issue would bring me a faster solution (maybe!), but the idea was to get a hang on this so that I can install Ubuntu on my CD-free netbook soon (Although my netbook might very well boot on USB, but still).My final and last idea is to go buy some kind of adapter that would let me plug the two hard drives into the laptop at the same time, LiveCD-like boot on the new one, install Ubuntu on the old one (connected directly via IDE) and then clone the old one to the new one. But I wish I don't have to go to that extreme ;o)Writing this I just thought of one thing : I could install Live-CD like Ubuntu on a flash drive, launch it on my netbook and install Ubuntu on the new hard drive connected through USB... Would that work?

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