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Thread: No option in installer to 'Install alongside Windows',

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    No option in installer to 'Install alongside Windows',

    Hey, I just wiped my computer completely, and re-installed Win7. There is, however, no option that shows that my Win installation is recognized by linux. I am attampting to install 12.04. When I look at 'Something Else", it says I have one 500 GB drive, unpartitioned, for sda. Can I fix this?

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    Re: No option in installer to 'Install alongside Windows',

    There could be a couple of reasons why the installer doe snot offer you an option to install alongside Windows.

    1) Windows is using up the maximum number of allowed primary partitions - 4.

    2) The new install of Windows formatted the driver as a dynamic disk which the partitioner cannot read as it is a proprietary format.

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/libr...(v=vs.85).aspx

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    Re: No option in installer to 'Install alongside Windows',

    Windows is Using 2 disks, and the drive is Basic.

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    Re: No option in installer to 'Install alongside Windows',

    Post this from terminal in live mode of installer.

    sudo fdisk -lu
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    Re: No option in installer to 'Install alongside Windows',

    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo fdisk -lu

    WARNING: GPT (GUID Partition Table) detected on '/dev/sda'! The util fdisk doesn't support GPT. Use GNU Parted.


    Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders, total 976773168 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0xe54a8aa9

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 2048 206847 102400 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
    /dev/sda2 206848 976771071 488282112 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT

    WARNING: GPT (GUID Partition Table) detected on '/dev/sdb'! The util fdisk doesn't support GPT. Use GNU Parted.


    Disk /dev/sdb: 2047 MB, 2047679488 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 248 cylinders, total 3999374 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x6cbbb57a

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sdb1 * 128 3995775 1997824 6 FAT16
    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$

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    Re: No option in installer to 'Install alongside Windows',

    Was this originally Windows 8 or why was it gpt before. Windows converts to BIOS with MBR(msdos) and does not delete the backup gpt partition table. Linux tools then get confused as they see MBR and gpt and are not sure what you really want.

    Fixparts - Repair broken partition tables (not overlapping issues) & delete Stray gpt data from MBR drives
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1705325
    http://www.rodsbooks.com/fixparts/
    First backup partition table, use your drive for sdX or sda, sdb etc.
    sudo sfdisk -d /dev/sdX > parts.txt
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    Re: No option in installer to 'Install alongside Windows',

    So, I have to:
    GO Live,
    Install Fixparts
    use it to remove the GPT?

    Oh, and it has always been win7. I don't know where GPT stuff would have come from

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    Re: No option in installer to 'Install alongside Windows',

    Well, that didn't work. Trying it with Fixparts, I'm not sure which I want to select, but when I try to select the GPT and delete it, it says that there are no partitions...

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    Re: No option in installer to 'Install alongside Windows',

    Please help me get rid of these errors! Will they be overwritten if I just wipe windows and install linux to my HDD?

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    Re: No option in installer to 'Install alongside Windows',

    I do not think with fixparts you want to select gpt, but want mbr(msdos) and have it remove the gpt data.
    Did you download gdisk which is the gpt partition tool?

    Windows will not overwrite that backup partition table. It is a bug in Windows.
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