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Hybrid Hard Drive not detected in Fedora 19 Installation

asked 2013-07-31 12:59:51 -0600

Carlos León gravatar image

updated 2013-08-01 05:46:02 -0600

FranciscoD_ gravatar image

When I try to install Fedora 19 in my laptop (Sony Vaio svT14115cl ) on the installation destination screen I don't see my Hybrid hard drive (750 GB HDD + 32 SDD) . Any idea?? Help me please.

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We need more information to see what's going on. Can you boot a livecd ( or ctl+alt+f2 from dvd/netinstall) run the command sudo yum install /usr/bin/ssm; sudo ssm list, and edit your question to include this output in a code block?

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2013-09-08 00:27:49 -0600 )edit

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answered 2013-09-07 07:05:27 -0600

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I think you need to complain with Sony, apparently "You are welcome to install any OS of your choosing, unfortunately we do not provide driver support for Linux/Ubuntu based operating systems."

The hybrid drive is actually a SSD and a HDD hidden behind a raid controller. I don't own a vaio, so I can't test this, but from what I read there should be an RAID configuration menu which you can reach at boot time (CTRL-I or something). Maybe you can disable the raid and just use the two drives as separate drives 32GB should be enough to hold fedora.

Good luck on this one,

I advise you to create some rescue disks before continuing this path.

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Are you sure about this RAID arrangement? Hybrid drives are a real thing, see . The SSD is essentially a big cache, and transparent to the OS. There are also mSATA devices that act as a cache at the system firmware or OS level. We need more information from Carlos.

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2013-09-08 00:24:59 -0600 )edit

@randomuser The momentus is different than the ones sony ships with their vaio's. The momentus drive handles the hybrid system much better, like you say "transparent to the OS". And I totally agree with the motivation behind a hybrid drive, also the Apple versions are quite nice. It is just the ones in the Sony Vaio drives that seem to be problematic in linux distributions.

Jann5s gravatar imageJann5s ( 2013-09-08 05:49:23 -0600 )edit

Okay, thanks for clarifying.

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2013-09-14 09:06:20 -0600 )edit

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