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Thread: Cannot Install Ubuntu on Hardware FDE SSD

  1. #1
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    Unhappy Cannot Install Ubuntu on Hardware FDE SSD

    I have a new Dell Latitude laptop with an Opal compliant Hardware FDE SSD. When installing Ubuntu 12.04.2 it fails to write to the disk. I get the following error:

    Partition Disks
    Input/output error during write on /dev/sda
    ERROR!!!

    Now, if my understanding is correct, hardware FDE shouldn't be making any difference here given it should be transparent to Ubuntu? Does anyone have any idea what would cause this? The disk currently has Windows 7 on it (which I would like to replace with Ubuntu).

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    Re: Cannot Install Ubuntu on Hardware FDE SSD

    I have tried using BIOS and UEFI in case it made a difference, it didn't... still can't write to the disk . I would have thought it would be unlocked when you get passed BIOS?

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    Re: Cannot Install Ubuntu on Hardware FDE SSD

    Okay, figured it out. The Dell security software on Windows 7 ties in with the BIOS. This means the drive isn't unlocked until just before windows starts (not after the initial BIOS password).

    I logged into Windows, disabled all security via the Dell security manager, then installed Ubuntu no problems.

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