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Mint sees no internal hard drive

Posted: Wed Apr 03, 2019 5:39 pm
by Shiz
Hello all. New to Linux, installed Mint on a device for a friend the other day when I fixed her laptop - no problems.

Now trying on my own, and the installer shows ''You need at least 10.7 GB disk space to install Linux Mint. This computer has only 7.7 GB.'' - 7.7 GB is the size of my flash drive, there is 40 GB unallocated on an internal Toshiba SSD (not sure if sata or pcie, could find out)

I've booted the media with grub and syslinux, same problem with compatibility mode, same problem in cinnamon and Xfce(both 19.1), the check integrity of media option returns no errors, I used etcher to create the media in Windows where I also checked the sha256 checksum.

The driver management tool is only talking about nvidia drivers, nothing to do with hard drives.

Should I try an older version of mint? Any suggested solutions/reading would be much appreciated.

Re: Mint sees no internal hard drive

Posted: Wed Apr 03, 2019 8:05 pm
by Larry78723
Shiz, is that unallocated space in an extended partition? If so, that is probably why it isn't being seen. I believe any linux distribution will require a primary partition to install to.

Re: Mint sees no internal hard drive

Posted: Wed Apr 03, 2019 8:36 pm
by vansloneker
Shiz,when you boot from the installer/live USB, can run either disks or gparted and check for the disk?

Re: Mint sees no internal hard drive

Posted: Thu Apr 04, 2019 2:07 am
by hcentaur13
Show us in a terminal
sudo fdisk -l

and
inxi -Fzzz
WSill you install
- automatic beside windows
- automatic alone
- manually py partitioning yourself?

There are 2 different, but incompatible together modes to boot up:
- classic, compatible to DOS; bootmanager in MBR
- UEFI, bootmanager in partition /efi

windows 10 installs itself in UEFI mode! That requires linux boots in UEFI too.
UEFI require partitiontable GPT!

Re: Mint sees no internal hard drive

Posted: Thu Apr 04, 2019 10:59 am
by Shiz
Larry78723 wrote:
Wed Apr 03, 2019 8:05 pm
Shiz, is that unallocated space in an extended partition? If so, that is probably why it isn't being seen. I believe any linux distribution will require a primary partition to install to.
As far as I'm aware the free space on my internal ssd is not contained within any volume/ is unformatted. DiskMgmt.msc says it is unallocated - but I guess in theory it could be in a format windows can't read.

Gparted only identifies a 7.7 GB drive [/dev/sda | iso9660 | Linux Mint 19.1 Cinnamon 64bit | 7.21 | --- | --- | ]

fdisk sees nothing.
Screenshot from 2019-04-04 14-49-31.png
Running 'inxi -Fzzz' crashed terminal - mouse and trackpad stopped. Could still type/navigate with keys, but unable to get a return from anything in the crashed terminal window. Able to open new programs from menu - relaunching terminal from menu gives a working terminal however I'm unable to open system monitor to close the crashed terminal process.
hcentaur13 wrote:
Thu Apr 04, 2019 2:07 am
There are 2 different, but incompatible together modes to boot up:
- classic, compatible to DOS; bootmanager in MBR
- UEFI, bootmanager in partition /efi
I have the same problem when starting the system in and out of secure boot(UEFI)/Legacy Boot (BIOS).
hcentaur13 wrote:
Thu Apr 04, 2019 2:07 am
windows 10 installs itself in UEFI mode! That requires linux boots in UEFI too.
UEFI require partitiontable GPT!
So I should format my unallocated space? In what format?

Re: Mint sees no internal hard drive

Posted: Thu Apr 04, 2019 11:51 am
by AscLinux
fdisk will see only what kernel can access. If you have an NVMe device and kernel has no driver for it then it won't be seen and cannot be used. Will this device show up in lspci?

Re: Mint sees no internal hard drive

Posted: Fri Apr 05, 2019 3:50 am
by hcentaur13
Your internal drive is NOT connected correctly. That drive will own 2 connectors:
1 SATA for data transfer
2. power! When that power connector is not connected to either mainboard or power unit then the drive is disfunctional.