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Old 07-09-2011, 12:54 AM   #1
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could not detect partitions or filesystems on this drive


I tried to install Fedora 15 onto a notebook recently. However, when it comes to find hard drives, the following messages pop up:


The storage device below may contain data.
(Hard Drive correctly recognized and displayed)
We could not detect partitions or filesystems on this drive.
...
Are you sure that the disk doesn't contain valuable data?
Yes,... No,...



As I have installed windows XP on the notebook and don't want to lose it, I choose "No,...". Then it prompts to turn off. Why couldn't the Fedora 15 detect the installed XP partitions? If I should give some options when booting?

Anyone could give some hints, many thanks.
 
Old 07-09-2011, 01:20 AM   #2
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But, it did detect one or more partitions with data on it/them. What it didn't detect were any empty partitions on which it could install without deleting valuable data.

Did you have any empty partitions onto which it could install?
 
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Did you, by any chance, convert the disk to a dynamic volume in Windows? AFAIK Linux still can't handle something like that.
 
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But, it did detect one or more partitions with data on it/them. What it didn't detect were any empty partitions on which it could install without deleting valuable data.

Did you have any empty partitions onto which it could install?

Thanks for your reply!
The Fedora installer did not detect one or more partitions, but only a hard disk with its name and capacity correctly recognized without any partition information.

My hard disk now operates in AHCI mode. I don't know if Fedora 15 can recognize it, or I should add some options at boot command line?

Bye the way, I resolved another install problem years ago with the help of LQ. Hopefully it will do this time.
 
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Did you, by any chance, convert the disk to a dynamic volume in Windows? AFAIK Linux still can't handle something like that.
I have no idea of "dynamic volume". Must the disk be converted to a dynamic volume in Windows before installing Fedora, and how?
 
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I have no idea of "dynamic volume". Must the disk be converted to a dynamic volume in Windows before installing Fedora, and how?
No, Linux still has problems with dynamic volumes. If you don't know what dynamic volumes are chances are high that this is not your problem.
 
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