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Old 09-23-2013, 05:32 AM   #1
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Unhappy gparted: Invalid partition table - recursive partition on /dev/sdb


Hello folks,

I was trying to install arch on a computer that was previously running Windows 8, only to be unable to open cfdisk because it printed some message about a corrupted partition table and wouldn't open.

So I ran a gparted live disk , created a new partition table, and several new partitions but I still keep getting an error no matter what I do.

"Invalid partition table - recursive partition on /dev/sdb"

I tried looking around, but I couldn't find a solution anywhere.

I tried creating new partition tables several times, and leaving the disk unallocated or unformatted but the same error keeps appearing over and over.

Any help? I am really lost here ...
The disk is a 1 month old Corsair 120GB GS SSD

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Old 09-23-2013, 05:34 AM   #2
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So if you have no (important) data you can try erase the beginning of the disk (with dd) and create partition table again.
 
Old 09-23-2013, 05:44 AM   #3
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Thank you for your answer.

I already deleted everything several times via gparted so no, I don't have any important data.

How would I go about deleting the beginning of the disk via dd on a debian live root terminal? The disk is /dev/sda

Thanks again
 
Old 09-23-2013, 05:54 AM   #4
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see here: http://blog.bravi.org/?p=856#more-856
 
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Old 09-23-2013, 06:14 AM   #5
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Thank you for the link.

Using DD was indeed the solution.

In my case the MBR turned out to be the problem, in case this happens to anybody else, I tried several commands , but this was the one that did the trick:
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sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb bs=1M
I can finally go back to installing Arch now

Thanks again!
 
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Old 04-26-2015, 04:26 PM   #6
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Thank you for the link.

Using DD was indeed the solution.

In my case the MBR turned out to be the problem, in case this happens to anybody else, I tried several commands , but this was the one that did the trick:


I can finally go back to installing Arch now

Thanks again!
I had the same problem coming from windows to Arch. This fixed me as well thanks for posting the solution!
 
  


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