LMDE 64-bit installer doesn't see my main SATA disk

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LMDE 64-bit installer doesn't see my main SATA disk

Postby runbei on Fri Jan 28, 2011 12:55 am

I have two 160-GB Western Digital hard disks. One is a SATA boot disk that LMDE labels sdb, and the other is an IDE data disk that Mint labels sda.

When i boot the 64-bit LMDE live CD, the SATA disk (sdb) doesn't appear in the installer's partition setup screen. What to do? I would like to remove Mint Julia on that disk and install LMDE.

I've heard there are problems using an IDE and SATA disk. But it works fine in Mint 10 Julia.
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Re: LMDE 64-bit installer doesn't see my main SATA disk

Postby seeley on Fri Jan 28, 2011 5:07 am

Hi!
We need some more information; please read my help (link1 below).
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Re: LMDE 64-bit installer doesn't see my main SATA disk

Postby runbei on Fri Jan 28, 2011 10:08 pm

Seeley, thanks. Here's the output of fdisk -l:

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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: 0xcb152f46

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1   *           1       10199    81919968+   7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2           10199       13386    25600000   83  Linux
/dev/sda3           13386       13768     3068920   82  Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda4           13769       19458    45704925    f  W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda5           13769       19458    45698048   83  Linux

Disk /dev/sdb: 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: 0x000d636b

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdb1               1       10199    81919968+   7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sdb2           10199       13238    24414208   83  Linux
/dev/sdb3           13239       13542     2440193    5  Extended
/dev/sdb4           13542       19458    47514624   83  Linux
/dev/sdb5           13239       13542     2440192   82  Linux swap / Solaris


And here is sudo parted -l print:

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

Model: ATA WDC WD1600SD-01K (scsi)
Disk /dev/sdb: 160GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: msdos

Number  Start   End     Size    Type      File system     Flags
 1      32.3kB  83.9GB  83.9GB  primary   ntfs
 2      83.9GB  109GB   25.0GB  primary   ext4
 3      109GB   111GB   2499MB  extended
 5      109GB   111GB   2499MB  logical   linux-swap(v1)
 4      111GB   160GB   48.7GB  primary   ext4


Uh-oh, looks like trouble in the first line. Any tips for putting the partitions in good order?

BTW, in the Grub boot screen, there are old Windows XP and Linux installs (both non-bootable) listed on what is now my data disk (variously identified as sda or sdb depending on what program is being used to read the disk - I hear that's something that can happen when you have SATA and IDE disks in a system. ??)
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Re: LMDE 64-bit installer doesn't see my main SATA disk

Postby seeley on Sat Jan 29, 2011 5:27 am

Hi!
The "wrong" order 1 2 3 5 4 is no problem, but I must say, I never have seen such an error:
Error: Can't have a partition outside the disk!

And I don't have experience on LBA.
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