Having trouble with installing to hard drive

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Having trouble with installing to hard drive

Postby weez1990 » Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:32 am

Hi
I have two hard drives hooked up to my PC- I am using one for Windows 10 and the other for Linux. I have been playing around with Ubuntu Linux for a while, but couldn't get on with Unity. So I decided to wipe the drive with 3rd party software (which I did) and start afresh. Probably wasn't the smartest thing to do, in hindsight, but what is done is done.

I want to install Mint, but I can't get the installer to recognise the wiped drive. It only recognises the Windows hard drive, and asks me whether I want to partition the drive (which I don't).

I have being trying to take some screenshots of the process to demonstrate the process, but the screenshots get deleted after I finish the Live session.

I should mention that I was able to install Ubuntu fine and other distros fine before I wiped the drive. I used KillSuiteFree if that is important.

Any ideas?

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Re: Having trouble with installing to hard drive

Postby austin.texas » Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:15 am

From the live session, post the result of

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inxi -Fxzo
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Re: Having trouble with installing to hard drive

Postby kc1di » Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:21 am

Hello weez1990 and Welcome to Linux Mint forums,

does the installer start? If so you can make changes in the partitioning page. I think what's happened may be that you wiped the drive but it is now not partitioned and thus the partitioner does not see it because of that. when the install gets to the partitioning page select other and manually create new partitions on the drive and then install to them. good luck.
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Re: Having trouble with installing to hard drive

Postby Flemur » Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:59 am

weez1990 wrote:Any ideas?

Do the inxi thing and also install gparted in the Live environment.

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sudo apt-get install gparted

Then

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gksudo gparted

the drive-selector is in the upper-right corner, real real obvious.
You should be able to make partitions for the "something else" installation or make some so the installer sees them.
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Re: Having trouble with installing to hard drive

Postby weez1990 » Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:14 am

austin.texas wrote:From the live session, post the result of

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inxi -Fxzo


Do you mean I need to input this into the terminal?

Oh, and in case it wasn't clear, I don't want to partition- I want Mint to be the only installation on the wiped drive. Windows is on another drive and I want to keep the two separate.

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Re: Having trouble with installing to hard drive

Postby weez1990 » Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:46 am

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System:    Host: mint Kernel: 4.8.0-53-generic x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 5.4.0)
           Desktop: Cinnamon 3.4.3 (Gtk 3.18.9-1ubuntu3.3)
           Distro: Linux Mint 18.2 Sonya
Machine:   Mobo: Gigabyte model: B150M-DS3H-CF v: Default string
           Bios: American Megatrends v: F21 date: 05/23/2017
CPU:       Quad core Intel Core i5-6500 (-MCP-) cache: 6144 KB
           flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 25536
           clock speeds: max: 3600 MHz 1: 3555 MHz 2: 3562 MHz 3: 3582 MHz
           4: 3551 MHz
Graphics:  Card: NVIDIA Device 1c03 bus-ID: 01:00.0
           Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 drivers: vesa (unloaded: fbdev) FAILED: nouveau
           Resolution: 1024x768@61.00hz
           GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on llvmpipe (LLVM 3.8, 256 bits)
           GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 12.0.6 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio:     Card-1 NVIDIA Device 10f1 driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 01:00.1
           Card-2 Intel Sunrise Point-H HD Audio
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1f.3
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.8.0-53-generic
Network:   Card: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller
           driver: r8169 v: 2.3LK-NAPI port: d000 bus-ID: 02:00.0
           IF: enp2s0 state: down mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 3540.4GB (0.3% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: TOSHIBA_HDWA120 size: 2000.4GB temp: 41C
           ID-2: /dev/sdb model: ST31500341AS size: 1500.3GB temp: 53C
           ID-3: USB /dev/sdg model: DataTraveler_2.0 size: 7.8GB temp: 0C
           ID-4: USB /dev/sdc model: SD/MMC size: 31.9GB temp: 0C
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Unmounted: ID-1: /dev/sdb1 size: 0.10G
           fs: NTFS label: System Reserved uuid: 8240E45640E45309
           ID-2: /dev/sdb2 size: 1499.72G
           fs: NTFS label: N/A uuid: D4D2E6D3D2E6B93E
           ID-3: /dev/sdb3 size: 0.47G
           fs: NTFS label: N/A uuid: 0C12316F12315F40
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 29.8C mobo: 27.8C
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 223 Uptime: 1 min Memory: 630.8/16006.2MB
           Init: systemd Gcc sys: 5.4.0
           Client: Shell (bash 4.3.481) inxi: 2.2.35


Unfortunately I can't do any of the sudo apt commands because linux won't recognise my wifi. The only linux distro I've ever been able to get online is Ubuntu.

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Re: Having trouble with installing to hard drive

Postby fabien85 » Thu Nov 09, 2017 12:06 pm

gparted is normally installed by default in the live USB, so you wont need the apt-get command.
The wiped hard drive seems to be recognised, it's /dev/sda, while /dev/sdb is your windows drive.
Open Menu > Administration > gparted then select sda in the right drop down menu (anyway gparted should show sda by default). Check it's indeed your wiped drive, i.e. does not contain windows partitions, just unallocated space. Then Device > create partition table, choose gpt and apply.
Now the installer should recognise your disk.


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