Ubuntu Installation :: Installer Won't Recognize Partitions - Error Message Saying Partitions Over Sized

Mar 22, 2011

I used Ubuntu before, without problems but since the 10.04 version it won't recognize my partitions. I formated my laptop and partitioned it, installed Windows 7 64bit, which I need for my work, and wanted now to install Ubuntu 10.04/10. I then used GParted to check my Harddisk and it is having troubles to recognize my partitions, too while Windows finds them. GParted is giving me an error message saying my partitions are oversized. I am still in the beginning of my Linux experiences and so I don't know what to do. I have two 250GB harddisks (how Windows recognizes them),


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Ubuntu Installation :: Error Message Concerning Swap Space - Partitions Missing

Jan 3, 2010

I was trying to install Ubuntu as a dual-boot on my Windows Vista laptop. The hard drive is 250 gb: Vista boot 157 gb partition; a partially-occupied 33 gb partition which was designated as swap-space; a newly partitioned and ext3 formatted 30gb for the Ubuntu installation. I believe there is also a hidden partition ~20 gb with "hidden" system info. During installation I received an error message concerning the swap space partition, which forced me out of the installation and back to the ubuntu partition manager screen. Now in Vista my 33 and 30 gb partitions are missing. Is there anyway I can get back to pre-Ubuntu state?

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Feb 14, 2011

I try to install Ubuntu 10.10 on HP notebook G62 (Intel-i3, 64-bit). It have a 320GB hdd with my laptop which now consists of:

1) SYSTEM volume
2) (C: ) volume with windows 7
3) RECOVERY (D: ) volume
4) HP_TOOLS volume

1 to 4 are originally there. And now I shrink (C: ) by 50GB to get a unallocated space in which I decide to install ubuntu: First I try to shrink by Windows7 tools, but installer did not see unallocated space (but shows list of my volumes). Then I install Acronis disk director and made 50GB unallocated space by Acronis. After this Ubuntu installer does not see any volumes on my HDD Windows7 boots had works normally. I try to restore ALL from image by HP TOOLS but without result - installer doesn't see any volumes. I try boot from CD, remove dmraid and all raid package and try run installer - no result.

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Jun 5, 2010

I have windows installed in c drive and there are 3 other partitions namely e,d,f.I booted kubuntu/ubuntu live cd.The installer doesnt show any partitions.This is my windows:- http://imagebin.ca/view/Uj-KB26v.html

This is at kubuntu at installer step:- (Same is the case with ubuntu)http://imagebin.ca/view/wZBYBV.html

fdisk -l report:- http://imagebin.ca/view/CH8fiE6r.html

I tried alternate cd also...no change!

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Nov 28, 2010

I'm trying to install Ubuntu 10.10 from my live USB disk. In My computer, it is showing all drives correctly, but when I try to install using the installer on desktop, it is showing the whole hard disk as free space and no partitions at all.

when I tried 'sudo parted' and then print command, I got the below error message.

Error: Can't have a partition outside the disk!

I formatted the C drive from linux using ext4 filesystem.

How can I make the ubuntu installer recognize my partitions?

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May 17, 2010

I am trying to install Ubuntu LTS 10.04 on an IBM Lenovo T61 Thinkpad notebook with Windows 7 preinstalled on it. There were two hard drives one 30 GB and other almost 110 GB which (the second one) I resized in three partitions with the help of Windows 7 disk management. Now when I try to install Ubuntu, the partition manager doesn't recognize the newly created partitions it only shows 2 partitions C: and old 100+ GB D:. I had created a separate partition for Ubuntu also but I can't see it so can't install Ubuntu on it, I can't resize the visible partition because it is divided into three actually and I have data on each of three.

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Mar 14, 2011

I am trying to install ubuntu 10.10 on my system which has pre installed windows7 x64. I have 2x250 gb HDDs. 1 HDD has 2 partitions of 100 & 132gb while the other has no partitions. Now when I boot through usb, ubuntu doesn't recognize my partitions and considers it as a whole 500gb hdd (see screenshot) and I am not using any raid array or nvidia sw, infact I have an ATI GPU! I want to install ubuntu on my first HDD by creating a third partition of 12gb by creating to using windows. Also on which partition should i install the bootloader?

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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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Ubuntu Installation :: Installer Doesn't See All Drives / Partitions?

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

I'm trying to install ubuntu 10.04 on an old computer, but the installer doesn't have any listed partitions and I can't go any further. The hard drive I'm trying to install it to was just formated in Windows 7, it's a clean hard drive. Uh, how am I supposed to install it?

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Jul 2, 2010

HDD with four partitions: Three DOS bootable primary partitions are located in the head, and the residual extended partition is divided into several logical drives.

1st trial: 10.04 installer recognized the last largest logical drive for system installation, but installer truncated the extended partition, and created the "terrible" 5th primary partition at the end of the HDD. GParted and other utilities cannot access to this 5th primary partition. (So, I restored the lost partition table on the HDD manually by MBM. But several OS were broken.)

2nd trial: To avoid making this "terrible" 5th primary partition, I located the largest logical drive for installation at not of the end.10.04 installer recognized this logical drive, but failed again.I tried GParted. but also failed to formating to ext4.Maybe, 10.04 installer failed at this formating step. Logical drives are not supported in 10.04 ?

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Sep 3, 2010

I have two hard disks, the one that I work with and another one for backups. The main HD had an OS (Ubuntu) partition, a partition for /home and a lot of free space.I installed latest Mandriva creating a new partition. Everything OK. But it overwrote GRUB and I couldn't boot into Ubuntu, so I reinstalled GRUB from the Ubuntu live CD. I got my Ubuntu back, but then it wouldn't boot into Mandriva. Well, I didn't care. But now the problem comes.

Right now, if I try to install Ubuntu from live CD, the installer won't see the partitions in my main drive. It sees the partitions in the backup drive, but the main drive appears as empty, no Ubuntu, no Mandriva, and no /home. Debian testing installer did just the same. Those partitions are there and I can boot into them and see them; it's only the installer that does not see them.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Partitions Seen By Gpart And Disk Manager - Not By Installer

Apr 11, 2011

Wanting to dual boot XP with UBUNTU. Live CD verified good.

ran df in terminal:

Ran sudo fdisk -lu in terminal:

Partition table entries are not in disk order

Originally I had two partitions for Windows xp of 100 gig each. I cleared / backed up the second partition and created two 50 gig partitions, splitting the second into two linux (using Gparted) partitions labelled root and swap.

Disk Utility sees this hdd as a RAID component. It is connected through a RAID controller.

The installer (in allocate drive space step) doesn't see them for some reason.

AMD Athlon 64+clawhammer processor
Asus A8N-SLI mobo
hdd as above
2 Gig RAM
DVD / CD Burner

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Jun 20, 2011

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Apr 17, 2011

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Jan 8, 2011

I have reinstalled XP and conseqently messed up Grub and lost Ubuntu. I am trying to do a fresh install but the installer insists on trying to overwrite the whole disk. I downloaded the alternate instal ISO as this has got over this problem in the past but this also wanted to overwrite the whole disk. It recognises the Sata Raid array as being nfts (this is my main data disk) but it doesn't recognise the existing partitions on my main disk:

18G windows
18G Old Ubuntu
113G nfts data disk

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Apr 4, 2010

I am booting from a USB stick live CD image of Kubuntu 10.04 Beta. When I run the installer, and choose the "manual select partitons" option, it lists only my full hardisk, whereas I have atleast 5 partitions on it, and none are shown. Could anybody help me with this? I want to install on one of the partitions and leave the rest intact. I am dual-booting BTW.

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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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Feb 9, 2011

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Mar 15, 2010

The instaler doesnt find my partitions and the XP that is installed too! For some reasons i cannot delete the whole hdd... if i format the partition, where (i want to install ubuntu) with fat, the pc crashes during the installing process after the tastaturlayout question! if i try some other formats, the installer tells me, that there are no Operating Systems installed and the hdd is unpartitioned!

if i start ubuntu live from the cd, the system finds all partitions, but if i run cfdisk in a terminal, i get a fatal error (cannot open disk space)... My machine is a acer aspire 1694 WLMi (pretty old, but should be no problem), bios is up to date, Windows is XP home edition with SP3.

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May 1, 2011

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Nov 24, 2010

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Jan 25, 2010

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Jul 6, 2010

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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


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