View Full Version : [kubuntu] my hard drive will not format when i try to install

September 27th, 2009, 01:59 AM
ok i have to install a new os so i am installing the karmic koala alpha 5 and it won't let me format my hard drive "input/output error during read on /dev/sda" and then it says "input/output error during write on /dev/sda" it says the second one twice then it says ," The creation of swap space in partition #5 of SCSI1 (0,0,0) failed." then it goes and takes me back to the screen that says where are you and wants me to choose the time zone againand i have done this entire prosses about 50times and it always says the same thing ok right now i'm using the try kubuntu feature with out change to your files but i want to be able to use the hard drive what should i do??????????????????????? ?????????????????????????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????????

September 27th, 2009, 02:04 AM

I have tried reviving an old computer and installation freezes at more or less the same point (HDD format fail, loading additional components fail at around 30%). I did a memtest86+ and finally decided that corrupted RAM was the culprit. Are you sure your RAM is good?

September 27th, 2009, 02:09 AM
well how would i be able to tell if it was or not

September 27th, 2009, 02:19 AM
ok memtest from the LiveCD screen test memory. start it and go to bed.

but check to make sure that you have the power and the data cable securely plugged in on the HD.
if that looks good open a terminal (after you boot from the livecd and run the desktop.)
and type fdisk -l to see that the hd is functional.
if it looks like there is garbage there of fdisk fails, then most likely you have something wrong in bios or cabling.
check bios to make sure that the drive is listed as the first hd bootable (type setting : sata and pata).
Is the drive a PATA (IDE) or SATA?

if you can see the partitions with fdisk -l
then type

sudo gparted
delete all partitions on the drive (if you are only putting Linux on it.) Hit apply., let it finish.
then close the terminal and hit the install icon again.

September 27th, 2009, 02:24 AM
can i format the hard drive from the terminal konsole thing??? and if so whats the command ? thanks for your help be the way

September 27th, 2009, 02:37 AM
run gparted in the terminal...it is a GUI program.
It will partition and format for you.

September 27th, 2009, 02:48 AM
ok i installed it but it then said when tryed to run it that ,"Since GParted is a powerful tool capable of destroying partition tables and vast amounts of data, only root may run it." what should i do i'm realy confused lol

September 27th, 2009, 03:17 AM
Okay, I'll assume you'll want to wipe out your hard disk to make way for your new Kubuntu installation. Everytime you need root privileges, prefix your commands with sudo
sudo gparted

September 27th, 2009, 03:53 AM
ok i did all that but it still gave me those writing messeges lol what should i do now?

September 27th, 2009, 04:48 AM
What are those writing messages? Kindly post them :)

September 27th, 2009, 04:54 AM
"input/output error during read on /dev/sda" , "input/output error during write on /dev/sda" it says the second one twice then it says ," The creation of swap space in partition #5 of SCSI1 (0,0,0) failed."

September 27th, 2009, 05:51 AM
Okay, I've run into those errors before. RAM was the culprit. Did you do a memtest86+?

1. Reboot from the Kubuntu CD.
2. On the first menu that comes up, select Test Memory.

September 27th, 2009, 06:27 AM
If the Memory tests pass, then check cables to hard drive.
when you power up, enter BIOS and see if you can detect the hard drive.
one other Item, is the hard drive SATA?

Now if your memory failed, then open case.
make sure power is off and unplugged.
touch the case with your hand to remove static.
take out memory one at a time. use the blank side of a bussiness card or a small piece of white paper (or match book cover) and rub gold connectors on both sides until shiny. re-insert card. do the same for other memory cards.
plugin power bot up machine and run memory test again from the LiveCD bootup menu.

September 27th, 2009, 05:26 PM
ok thanks i will and by the way no cables (laptop ) does that make any difference by the way i didn't ask that ???

September 27th, 2009, 07:00 PM
Knowing it is a laptop helps...now it either a bad hard drive or memory...unless we become more enlightened...what make and model of laptop is it?

September 27th, 2009, 07:51 PM
it is a Tosiba Satellite L305-S5944 and is using a Western Digital Scorpio blue 250 GB hard drive

September 28th, 2009, 11:46 PM
did you run the memory test from the LiveCD?
You need to do that.