Ask Your Question
0

fedora 18 & 19 installers don't see my hard drives

asked 2013-07-31 22:43:36 -0600

updated 2013-08-01 05:46:16 -0600

FranciscoD_ gravatar image

Boot my system off of a live usb (I've tried this with both Fedora 18 & 19), click on "Install to Hard Drive." When I get to installation summary screen, it says that no drives were detected. However, there are two drives on the system, both of which show up in dmesg output:

[    1.192241] ata1: SATA link up 3.0 Gbps (SStatus 123 SControl 300)
[    1.194475] ata1.00: ATA-8: WDC WD1002FAEX-00Z3A0, 05.01D05, max UDMA/133
[    1.194481] ata1.00: 1953525168 sectors, multi 0: LBA48 NCQ (depth 31/32), AA
[    1.196908] ata1.00: configured for UDMA/133
[    1.197315] scsi 0:0:0:0: Direct-Access     ATA      WDC WD1002FAEX-0 05.0 PQ: 0 ANSI: 5
[    1.197563] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] 1953525168 512-byte logical blocks: (1.00 TB/931 GiB)
[    1.197598] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Write Protect is off
[    1.197600] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Mode Sense: 00 3a 00 00
[    1.197611] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Write cache: enabled, read cache: enabled, doesn't support DPO or FUA
[    1.197641] sd 0:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg0 type 0
[    1.204963]  sda: sda1 sda2
[    1.205493] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Attached SCSI disk
[    2.432345] ata4: SATA link up 3.0 Gbps (SStatus 123 SControl 300)
[    2.434206] ata4.00: ATA-8: WDC WD1002FAEX-00Z3A0, 05.01D05, max UDMA/133
[    2.434212] ata4.00: 1953525168 sectors, multi 0: LBA48 NCQ (depth 31/32), AA
[    2.435982] ata4.00: configured for UDMA/133
[    2.436411] scsi 3:0:0:0: Direct-Access     ATA      WDC WD1002FAEX-0 05.0 PQ: 0 ANSI: 5
[    2.436686] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] 1953525168 512-byte logical blocks: (1.00 TB/931 GiB)
[    2.436694] sd 3:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg2 type 0
[    2.436956] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
[    2.436963] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Mode Sense: 00 3a 00 00
[    2.437089] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Write cache: enabled, read cache: enabled, doesn't support DPO or FUA
[    2.448272]  sdb: unknown partition table
[    2.448760] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Attached SCSI disk

The drives were formerly part of a RAID-1 set with the onboard controller, but that was crap, so I turned off the RAID controller and have them configured as individual drives now. Windows is installed to the first drive (sda) and I'd like to install Fedora to sdb. Thinking that maybe the installer didn't like the unknown partition table, I ran fdisk (while booted from the Fedora live usb), and created a couple of partitions on it. Still no dice.

edit retag flag offensive close merge delete

1 Answer

Sort by ยป oldest newest most voted
1

answered 2013-08-02 10:12:15 -0600

I've had similar issues after using firmware RAID. To resolve them, we need to carefully clear the first bunch of sectors on the drive to get rid of the confusing RAID metadata.

This is destructive. Review your logs to be sure the right drive is targeted!

dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb bs=1M count=1000
edit flag offensive delete link more

Your Answer

Please start posting anonymously - your entry will be published after you log in or create a new account.

Add Answer

Question Tools

Stats

Asked: 2013-07-31 22:43:36 -0600

Seen: 6,424 times

Last updated: Aug 02 '13