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    needs atleast 2.6GB of drive space...

    For some reason ubuntu will not install, as its saying that the 1.3gb of space is used up...yet there is a new 750gb seagate hooked up. bios reads the new hard drive. there are no other external/internal drives of any kind hooked up.

    here is a run down of what i have done...

    disconnected old hard drive
    connected the new hard drive with the older cables
    put the 10.10 installation disc in boot drive
    it says i have the comp plugged into a power source and connected to the internet but it wont allow me to click the forward button because i dont have 2.6gb of drive space...is ubuntu not reading my new hard drive? any help would be appreciated. thanks

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    Re: needs atleast 2.6GB of drive space...

    Can you please run the live CD/USB and then in terminal run
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    sudo fdisk -l
    that's a lower case L at the end; and report back here the output from that command.
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    Re: needs atleast 2.6GB of drive space...

    there is no output after i entered the command.

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    Re: needs atleast 2.6GB of drive space...

    OK, so the disk is not detected by ubuntu. Can you enter the BIOS at startup (usually you need to press a key, eg. Del or F2) and see if the disk is seen there.
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    Re: needs atleast 2.6GB of drive space...

    under the advanced menu in bios, then under the sub menu of drive config-->[SATA Port 1 it reads the 750gb drive. so im not sure where to go now. thanks for the help so far!

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    Re: needs atleast 2.6GB of drive space...

    well I played around with the bios settings and nothing happened. then I set it back to the usual settings I had it on about an hour ago and it read the hard drive, at least for this "boot up". when i try to install it...it does some searching then this error appears "Warning! Error fsyncing/closing/dev/sda:input/output error" I have the option to retry or ignore....if i choose retry the message wont go away. if i choose ignore the "allocate drive space" window appears with the options of erase and use the entire disc (what is there to erase, its a brand new disc) or specify partitions manually....

    Hate to sound bitter but this thread has 73 views and one person responds? Is this really support? what i have seen of ubuntu it looks very well done but if I cant install it and the support forums aren't giving support, maybe I should just buy an OS...I just refuse to support windows.

    I will play around with it some more hopefully this can be solved.
    Last edited by Fibonacci184; January 9th, 2011 at 03:44 AM.

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    Re: needs atleast 2.6GB of drive space...

    update...lol

    it froze while installing, so i rebooted the comp and now it does not recognize the hard disk
    Last edited by Fibonacci184; January 9th, 2011 at 05:12 AM.

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    Re: needs atleast 2.6GB of drive space...

    did a boot info script

    the hard drive must be fried or I didnt "install" it right can anyone tell me what is going on lol.

    Boot Info Script 0.55 dated February 15th, 2010

    ============================= Boot Info Summary: ==============================

    => No known boot loader is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda

    sda1: __________________________________________________ _______________________

    File system:
    Boot sector type: Unknown
    Boot sector info:
    Mounting failed:
    mount: unknown filesystem type ''

    sda2: __________________________________________________ _______________________

    File system:
    Boot sector type: Unknown
    Boot sector info:
    Mounting failed:
    mount: unknown filesystem type ''
    mount: unknown filesystem type ''

    sda3: __________________________________________________ _______________________

    File system:
    Boot sector type: Unknown
    Boot sector info:
    Mounting failed:
    mount: unknown filesystem type ''
    mount: unknown filesystem type ''
    mount: unknown filesystem type ''

    sda4: __________________________________________________ _______________________

    File system:
    Boot sector type: Unknown
    Boot sector info:
    Mounting failed:
    mount: unknown filesystem type ''
    mount: unknown filesystem type ''
    mount: unknown filesystem type ''
    mount: unknown filesystem type ''

    =========================== Drive/Partition Info: =============================

    Drive: sda ___________________ __________________________________________________ ___

    Partition Boot Start End Size Id System

    Invalid MBR Signature found
    /dev/sda1 ? 0 -1 Unknown
    /dev/sda2 ? 0 -1 Unknown
    /dev/sda3 ? 0 -1 Unknown
    /dev/sda4 ? 0 -1 Unknown


    blkid -c /dev/null: __________________________________________________ __________

    Device UUID TYPE LABEL

    /dev/loop0 squashfs
    error: /dev/sda1: No such file or directory
    error: /dev/sda2: No such file or directory
    error: /dev/sda3: No such file or directory
    error: /dev/sda4: No such file or directory

    ============================ "mount | grep ^/dev output: ===========================

    Device Mount_Point Type Options

    aufs / aufs (rw)
    /dev/sr1 /cdrom iso9660 (ro,noatime)
    /dev/loop0 /rofs squashfs (ro,noatime)

    =========================== Unknown MBRs/Boot Sectors/etc =======================

    Unknown MBR on /dev/sda


    Unknown BootLoader on sda1


    Unknown BootLoader on sda2


    Unknown BootLoader on sda3


    Unknown BootLoader on sda4



    =============================== StdErr Messages: ===============================

    ERROR: asr: reading /dev/sda[Input/output error]
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    ERROR: ddf1: reading /dev/sda[Input/output error]
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    ERROR: asr: reading /dev/sda[Input/output error]
    ERROR: ddf1: reading /dev/sda[Input/output error]
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    ERROR: hpt37x: reading /dev/sda[Input/output error]
    ERROR: hpt45x: reading /dev/sda[Input/output error]
    ERROR: isw: reading /dev/sda[Input/output error]
    ERROR: isw: reading /dev/sda[Input/output error]
    ERROR: isw: reading /dev/sda[Input/output error]
    ERROR: jmicron: reading /dev/sda[Input/output error]
    ERROR: lsi: reading /dev/sda[Input/output error]
    ERROR: nvidia: reading /dev/sda[Input/output error]
    ERROR: pdc: reading /dev/sda[Input/output error]
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    hexdump: /dev/sda: Input/output error
    hexdump: /dev/sda: Input/output error
    hexdump: /dev/sda: Input/output error
    hexdump: /dev/sda1: No such file or directory
    hexdump: /dev/sda1: No such file or directory
    hexdump: /dev/sda2: No such file or directory
    hexdump: /dev/sda2: No such file or directory
    hexdump: /dev/sda3: No such file or directory
    hexdump: /dev/sda3: No such file or directory
    hexdump: /dev/sda4: No such file or directory
    hexdump: /dev/sda4: No such file or directory
    any ideas are appreciated, thanks.

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    Re: needs atleast 2.6GB of drive space...

    I hesitate to say it, but it sounds like a hardware problem to me.

    Can you try running the live CD/USB of ubuntu with this problem disk still connected in the machine, then opening gparted from the system ->administration menu. Let's see if that finds the disk, and if it does, manually make the new partitions you will want for ubuntu, eg root, swap and home.

    Now try installing again, choosing the manual partitioning when you get to that point, and allocating the premade partitions as you have already chosen. It may still not work, but if not, then I think even more it points to hardware problems.
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    Re: needs atleast 2.6GB of drive space...

    i tried what you said above and it could not detect anything. i feel the hard drive vibrate and hear it make faint noises on boot up, and again bios reads it. is there something i need to do to the hard drive after taking it out of the box and connecting the two cords (maybe like prepping the hard disk before the os installation?) thanks for you help, its greatly appreciated.

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