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June 14th, 2008, 04:07 PM
Hi, I am trying to install the ubuntu 64bi on the following.. but it does not detect hard disk at all.. Please help

CD check came out fine. Everything seems to be fine. I can boot using the CD. But no hard disk is being detected. Windows XP is fine.. partitioned the hard sik to 2- 320gb's?? one partition has winxp. The other is also formatted to NTFS...


Abit Ip35 Pro
3gb RAM
Evga 8800gs

June 14th, 2008, 04:12 PM
How is your hard drive set-up? Is it SATA?

June 14th, 2008, 04:22 PM
yes it is SATA

June 14th, 2008, 04:27 PM
Are you trying to install Ubuntu on the second NTFS partition, or just get data recognized? If you want to install Ubuntu, you should leave the second partition unformatted, Ubuntu can format the partition itself. If you want the data recognized, try searching the forums for "add ntfs drive" or "new hard drive".
After a quick search I found that you should type the command
"sudo mount -t ntfs-3g -o force [device] [mount path]"
First open a terminal (Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal) and type:
"sudo mkdir /media/XP" or whatever you want to call the partition, you need /media/ but you can put whatever you want after it.

To find the device, as in the partition:
Click System -> Administration -> Partition Editor

It should show you all your partitions, find the drive with the ntfs partition, hda is your first physical drive, could be sda if it is sata. hda1 or sda1 would be the first partition of said drive.
So you'd want to do "sudo mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/hda2 /media/XP" if your partition is hda2, and the directory you made before was /media/XP. You should now see it on the desktop.

This is not a permanent fix, it will be gone after a reboot. If this loads your data fine, in a terminal type "sudo cp /etc/fstab /etc/fstab-backup" then "sudo gedit /etc/fstab" and add the line:
"[device] /media/XP ntfs defaults,umask=007,gid=46 0 1" where [device] is /dev/sda1 or hda1 or whichever you determined before and save the file. Reboot, and the partition should show up on your desktop.

June 14th, 2008, 04:43 PM
I want to install ubuntu on the second partition. Firs tpartition is for XP. That is why firs I did not format the second partition. But it does not detect the hard drive at all. So I went ahead and formatted the second partition to see it will detect. but it did not.

I checked - system> Administration> partition editior.... it does not detect hard drive ....

Do i need to issue these commands??

June 14th, 2008, 05:37 PM
Is the SATA drive on the motherboard, or on an add on card? It should show up normally if it is on the motherboard. Beyond that, I'm not sure.