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Linux Mint installer doesn't recognize partitions(urgent)

Postby Zorba on Mon May 06, 2013 8:59 pm

I'm trying to install Mint 13 on a Dell inspiron i3 but the installer doesn't show existing NTFS partition and rather showing my HDD as an "unlocated"! help it's urgent!!!!!
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Re: Linux Mint installer doesn't recognize partitions(urgent

Postby bigj231 on Mon May 06, 2013 9:34 pm

So /dev/sda doesn't exist? I've seen this before, and rebooting fixed it for me then. Check if it shows up in fdisk first though.
Maybe try a different USB port too. Also, resize your partitions from within windows if you're planning on keeping windows.
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Re: Linux Mint installer doesn't recognize partitions(urgent

Postby wayne128 on Mon May 06, 2013 10:27 pm

There is a chance that the partition table is corrupt.

I usually do this:
1. boot and run Live on Linux OS
2. use fdisk, to check that partition table is still OK ,
3. if that is OK, then just use fdisk to re-write partition table
4. get back to gparted and it should be showing all partition, in graphic form.
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Re: Linux Mint installer doesn't recognize partitions(urgent

Postby Pierre on Mon May 06, 2013 10:58 pm

There is a chance that the partition table is corrupt.


if so, then the Gparted will show a yellow triangle on the left of that NTFS partition.

usually, this means that scandisk, has to be run from within the windows O/S.
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Re: Linux Mint installer doesn't recognize partitions(urgent

Postby dimonic on Mon Aug 12, 2013 2:08 pm

Same problem. I have tried Linux Mint 12 and 13 - the installer does not see any partitions. fdisk, parted and gparted all work. I even deleted my Windows partitions and tried, then tried adding suitable Linux partitions, but the installer cannot see them.
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Re: Linux Mint installer doesn't recognize partitions(urgent

Postby dimonic on Mon Aug 12, 2013 5:27 pm

Had to give up. Trying Gentoo now.
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