Fedora installation media does not recognise the hard drive in mac

asked 2019-01-03 12:28:29 -0500

updated 2019-01-04 21:54:40 -0500

As a continuation of my previous question,

I'm trying to install Fedora to my mac, and I can come to the beginning of installation step without an error, but during the installation process, the media does not recognise the SSD in my mac. I have googled it this problem, and all the answers are saying something about changing somethings in BIOS, but this is not the first time that I'm installing Fedora to this mac; but in those cases, the media was erroneous; it was failing on the test on the BIOS screen, but it was able to recognise the SSD.

The followings are some outputs that I though might be useful.

[liveuser@localhost ~]$ lsblk
loop0         7:0    0  1.7G  1 loop
loop1         7:1    0  6.5G  1 loop
├─live-rw   253:0    0  6.5G  0 dm   /
└─live-base 253:1    0  6.5G  1 dm   /run/install/source
loop2         7:2    0   32G  0 loop
└─live-rw   253:0    0  6.5G  0 dm   /
sda           8:0    1  7.8G  0 disk
├─sda1        8:1    1  1.8G  0 part /run/initramfs/live
├─sda2        8:2    1  9.8M  0 part
└─sda3        8:3    1 20.5M  0 part
[liveuser@localhost ~]$ blkid
/dev/sda1: UUID="2018-10-25-00-07-35-00" LABEL="Fedora-WS-Live-29-1-2" TYPE="iso9660" PTUUID="7c3f77cf" PTTYPE="dos" PARTUUID="7c3f77cf-01"
/dev/sda2: SEC_TYPE="msdos" LABEL="ANACONDA" UUID="9415-D610" TYPE="vfat" PARTUUID="7c3f77cf-02"
/dev/sda3: UUID="133f77e2-97a8-3d0f-8382-7c190bd63438" LABEL="ANACONDA" TYPE="hfsplus" PARTUUID="7c3f77cf-03"
/dev/loop0: TYPE="squashfs"
/dev/loop1: LABEL="Anaconda" UUID="8867ebfa-3896-4b40-8c83-b0584ecf77b4" TYPE="ext4"
/dev/mapper/live-rw: LABEL="Anaconda" UUID="8867ebfa-3896-4b40-8c83-b0584ecf77b4" TYPE="ext4"
/dev/mapper/live-base: LABEL="Anaconda" UUID="8867ebfa-3896-4b40-8c83-b0584ecf77b4" TYPE="ext4"
[liveuser@localhost ~]$ parted
WARNING: You are not superuser.  Watch out for permissions.
/dev/mapper/control: open failed: Permission denied
Failure to communicate with kernel device-mapper driver.
Incompatible libdevmapper 1.02.150 (2018-08-01) and kernel driver (unknown version).
Error: No device found
Retry/Cancel? sudo parted
parted: invalid token: sudo
Retry/Cancel? cancel
[liveuser@localhost ~]$ gparted
bash: gparted: command not found...
Similar command is: 'parted'
[liveuser@localhost ~]$


If any other output is needed to analyze the situation, I can provide it.

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I don’t know what the problem is here, but you may have some luck using the partitioning tool in Mac’s recovery tool (hold cmd+r during bootup) and reformat the drive. It could be an issue with encrypted drives not being exposed by the mainboard in an unauthenticated boot environment. Nuking the drive could work possibly fix this. This is just speculation, however.

Aeyoun gravatar imageAeyoun ( 2019-01-05 08:54:18 -0500 )edit

@Aeyoun Thanks for your comment; I tried installing Fedora 28 again, instead of 29, and 28 can recognize the drive perfectly; In fact, I installed 28, and then upgraded to 29 now; I'm not sure how stable the system is for the time being, but i think the problem is with the new version - Fedora 29.

onurcanbektas gravatar imageonurcanbektas ( 2019-01-05 14:39:29 -0500 )edit