View Full Version : [SOLVED] no partitions shown in gparted (or parted)

May 14th, 2010, 11:08 PM
i'm trying to install 10.4 but i'm stuck at the partitioning step.
none of my partitions are detected!

using 9.10 on the same machine i'm not able to run gparted:
libparted :
Unable to satisfy all constraints on the partition.

i'm also not able to run cfdisk:
FATAL ERROR: Bad primary partition 3: Partition ends in the final partial cylinder

palimpsest and and fdisk run fine however:
=> sudo fdisk -lu

Disk /dev/sda: 200.0 GB, 200049647616 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 24321 cylinders, total 390721968 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xf8000000

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 63 224909 112423+ de Dell Utility
/dev/sda2 * 225280 21196799 10485760 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda3 21196800 214677503 96740352 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda4 214692721 390719487 88013383+ f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda5 * 214692723 228347909 6827593+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda6 228347973 383696459 77674243+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda7 383696460 390716864 3510202+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris

=> sudo sfdisk -d
Warning: extended partition does not start at a cylinder boundary.
DOS and Linux will interpret the contents differently.
# partition table of /dev/sda
unit: sectors

/dev/sda1 : start= 63, size= 224847, Id=de
/dev/sda2 : start= 225280, size= 20971520, Id= 7, bootable
/dev/sda3 : start= 21196800, size=193480704, Id= 7
/dev/sda4 : start=214692721, size=176026767, Id= f
/dev/sda5 : start=214692723, size= 13655187, Id=83, bootable
/dev/sda6 : start=228347973, size=155348487, Id=83
/dev/sda7 : start=383696460, size= 7020405, Id=82

could anyone help me?
i found the following post but it doesn't appear that i have the same problem:

you out there?

May 15th, 2010, 12:15 AM
I think I found the problem: There's no space between partitions 6 (ending on sector 383,696,459) and 7 (starting on sector 383,696,460). These are both logical partitions, and logical partitions require at least one empty sector between them. Fortunately, /dev/sda7 is a swap partition, so you should be able to delete it (and re-create a new swap partition, if you like) using fdisk and you should be set. Before you do this, though, disable your swap space ("sudo swapoff -a"). If you create a new swap partition in its place, you should create swap space on it ("sudo mkswap /dev/sda7", assuming the new one is /dev/sda7, which it should be) and check that there's at least one unallocated sector between it and the preceding sector.

May 16th, 2010, 04:35 AM
appreciate the help...
had to play with the uuid a bit but everything is good now.