Ubuntu Installation :: CD Doesn't Detect Partitions But No Apparent Overlapping Partitions?

Mar 3, 2010

Xubuntu 9.04 installation CD not detecting any of the current partitions. This all started when I reinstalled windows XP a few days ago.After, the computer wouldn't boot into GRUB and would boot directly into windows.Other threads have dealt with a similar issue, that of overlapping partitions causing libparted/parted/gparted to detect the whole drive as unallocated space. The problem in these threads seemed to be a corrupted partition table, in which the partitions overlapped with each other. So of course I checked the output of fdisk -l for overlapping partitions, but I don't see any obvious overlapping partitions. I've noticed that the partition that used to be linux swap isn't showing up in the partition table at all. I might just be missing something simple here and would like another set of eyes to help me figure this one out. Does the problem have anything to do with the partition table being out of order (ie. not in order of what regions they cover on the drive)? From the liveCD I've run


sudo fdisk -lu
sudo sfdisk -d
sudo parted /dev/sda print

and have received the following output:


ubuntu@ubuntu:/mnt$ sudo fdisk -lu
omitting empty partition (5)
Disk /dev/sda: 60.0 GB, 60011642880 bytes


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Debian Installation :: Installer Doesn't Detect XP Partitions ?

Apr 17, 2011

I downloaded this "debian-6.0.1a-amd64-netinst" iso image....But on the partitioning screen, after selecting the manual partitioning, it shows the whole hard disk without detecting the XP partitions.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Error: Can't Have Overlapping Partitions

Jan 21, 2011

I read many threads regarding `gparted` not showing up hard disk partitions. Also read the advice not to change partition table according to solution to given to others. So posting my partition table here...


sudo parted /dev/sda print
Error: Can't have overlapping partitions.


mint@mint ~ $ sudo fdisk -lu
Disk /dev/sda: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders, total 625142448 sectors


I guess entire disk is taken as extended partition and primary partition(/dev/sda4) lying within this. So this is may be similar to thread [URL]. Correct me if I am wrong and also advice me on how to proceed further.

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Apr 5, 2010

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Mar 8, 2010

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I get to the part where i have to choose the partitions, and i deleted the unoccupied partition(which was NFTS i think), and tried to create a swap, a /, and a /boot with the free space on disk. But i get the message "can't have overlapping partitions" and well, I'm stuck there

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May 4, 2011

I think the installation caused the corruption of the partition table. I removed the last 3 logical partitions and gparted correctly reported the 2 remaining distros and the swap. The problem hopefully will be solved when I reinstall those distros. I have a 160 gig HD with 3 Linux,1 swap,and a Windows partition. I attempted to install PCLINUXOS unsuccessfully. When I rebooted I had the same grub. I checked gparted and it indicated all 160 gigs as unallocated. fdisk shows the partitions. and indicates one partition as empty where I attempted to install PCLOS.

No problem in accessing any of my distros, but currently I can't make any changes to my HD. I've tried parted magic and there was no solution there. I have been unable to download the Ubuntu Rescue remix. Is there a way to restore? I haven't used fdisk or cfdisk for that purpose. I am beginning to think I would need to delete all of the partitions in the extended.
omitting empty partition (8)

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
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x23213b72

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 5354 43005973+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 5355 15690 83022975 5 Extended
/dev/sda3 18740 19059 2560000 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda4 19059 19458 3203072 83 Linux
/dev/sda5 5355 7908 20506624 83 Linux
/dev/sda6 7908 10840 23552000 83 Linux
/dev/sda7 10840 13772 23552000 83 Linux

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Feb 11, 2010

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Feb 15, 2010

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I installed Windows 7, shredded the main partition for about 40 gigs (I made them unallocated), rebooted, Win7 works perfectly. THEN I tried booting Linux from a Live usb, and it doesn't recognize any partitions, it sees the whole HDD as unallocated space. This is the result of "sudo fdisk -l" done from the Live session: (I just copied the HDD info, not the usb)

Disk /dev/sda: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xc1cdd547


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Mar 22, 2011

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Mar 22, 2010

I've had many installation issues that I won't go into here, and have had to reinstall several times. All I'm trying to do is get an XP installation dual-booting with 9.10.

1. My hard drive partitions are:

120 GB NTFS (with boot flag) for Windows
40GB EXT4 for 9.10 (/)
8GB Swap
The rest (around 220GB) EXT3 for /home

2. I install Windows, and during the windows partitioner it doesn't see the 3 other partitions on the drive, just the NTFS partition, which is odd. I install Windows on that partition, and confirm that I am able to do a cold boot into it.

3. I boot up a 9.10 CD, and all looks as it should. I install Ubuntu in the partitions as outlined above, and it doesn't have any issues.

4. I can now reboot into Ubuntu without issue. When booting into Windows, I get the startup screen with the blue "progress" ticker, which displays for about 2 seconds, then I get a BSOD. The message refers to making sure the hard drives are "partitioned and terminated correctly" and whatnot. If I didn't know any better (and I obviously don't), I'd accuse Ubuntu of bjorking my clean Windows install.

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May 5, 2010

When trying to install Ubuntu 10.04 desktop from USB pendrive I can't see the sda partitions in the manual partition editor.I have a dual boot PC with Windows XP Pro and Ubuntu 8.10 running (see below for more details). Using the 10.04 Ubuntu desktop edition on a USB stick (pendrivelinux), I can boot without a problem and everything works fine: mount/unmount of all my drives, read data, etc. But I can't install the 10.04!When running the installer, at the point where the partition is selected, I choose "manual" as option. On the next screen I only see the drives/partitions starting from /dev/sdb1... to sde, but NOT /dev/sda. The "Add" button is greyed out, I can only edit the existing partitions. When I edit and press forward I get an error telling me that the SWAP partition is missing. I already HAVE a swap on sda.

I also tried booting Ubuntu 10.04 and then running the installer - no difference. I also remove the plug from one of the drives (sde) - still the installer doesn't show me sda.I would like to install 10.04 without messing up my Windows XP Pro and without messing up my /home partition or any other partitions that are non-Ubuntu stuff.In former years this used to be the easiest part, now it looks like a challenge. Any help is appreciated. System and background info:Hardware: Desktop PC with Intel Core 2, Nvidia graphics card, 5 SATA hard drives hooked to Gigabyte mother board, two network cards (only one in use)Current OSes: Windows XP Pro on sda1, Ubuntu 8.10 on sda and sdb

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May 10, 2010

When I tried to install Ubuntu 9.10 or 10.04 (from CD or USB drive), and selected manual partitioning, the installer would not show all my drives.

However, when booting the life CD/USB, gparted or the Disk Utility did recognize all drives and partitions.

It turned out that one of my drives was marked as RAID partition, although I never used RAID!

Here the symptom:

When you run the installer and select "manual partitioning", the resulting list of drives and partitions is incomplete. In my example it was:

- sda1
- sdc1


You may have multiple drives with the RAID metadata on it. In that case you need to repeat the above command for all those drives. Just make sure you don't wipe out your existing RAID, if you have one.

Reboot the system and see if it works.

P.S.: Also check your BIOS settings - do you have drives configured as RAID?

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May 22, 2010

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May 10, 2011

I have Ubuntu 10.04 (32bit) alongside Windows Vista currently. I tried to install Ubuntu 11.04 (64bit) from a bootable USB stick and found out that none of the current partitions are visible.

My PC is a Dell Inspiron 1525 with dual core Pentiums. Here are my partitions. I am reporting all this back from my current, stable Ubuntu 10.04 platform:

~$ sudo fdisk -l
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255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes


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Has anybody else had this issue? I'm not sure what to do as I had the same issue on the beta, I just assumed it would be fixed.

I have a 500GB Sata HDD and i'm running an AMD64 processor so the RC was the amd_64 version.

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