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Fedora Install to new SSD issue

asked 2018-05-11 18:35:22 -0500

eaglerockdude gravatar image

I have a Thinkpad W500 i just bought with Windows 7 on it. I bought a new crucial SSD to replace the current HD. I took out the HD and put in the SSD.

After I boot to LIVE CD, when I try to "install to hard drive"...it cannot detect the SSD to install to. Also...the disk utility and or file explorer to not see the SSD either.

Once solution said to set the BIOS to ACHI...mine already has that.

I am still searching for a case where somebody did the same thing. Installing to a new SSD...I wonder if the new SSD needs to be initialized or something...

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Welcome to ask.fedora. You might try running GParted from the Live CD and seeing iif it can see the SSD.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2018-05-12 02:06:29 -0500 )edit

This guide suggests using Compatibility Mode in the BIOS instead of AHCI

http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/InstallMandriva2009.0onaThinkPadW500

When you go into the BIOS, do you see the drive detected?

felthat gravatar imagefelthat ( 2018-05-13 06:31:47 -0500 )edit

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answered 2018-05-14 10:34:06 -0500

eaglerockdude gravatar image

Thanks for the responses guys. Basically the key was waiting for my Amazon USB to Sata adapter so I could see everything. I did some research and decided to work on the SSD thru one of my other Thinkpads T420S which also has fedora. At that point I could see and verify that the new SSD needed initialization, at least to do an install from a live CD after booting up. The final test was the install on the W500 which was now able to see the SSD to select.

I put a link to Codeshare with the details from my terminal session.

Basically I used a built in linux tool called PART or GPART, and some commands for viewing the devices.

Thanks again.

Init and partition a new SSD for linux

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answered 2018-05-12 09:36:15 -0500

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Your new SSD has probably not been initialized. I would use a live ISO, onto which I would install gparted, and use gparted to setup a msdos or gpt device file structure. Thereafter when you try the installation, it should work.

Of course, have you tried the SSD on another system or have you been able to prove that the SSD is not defective?

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this was accurate thx.

eaglerockdude gravatar imageeaglerockdude ( 2018-05-14 21:24:19 -0500 )edit

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