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Can't install Fedora 29 from live image to SSD

asked 2019-04-21 13:45:20 -0500

nickhill gravatar image

I'm trying to update the OS on my Dell Mini 10v, which for the last 10 years or so has had Fedora 14(?) running off the 16GB SSD it came with. I use it for writing, and Dropbox no longer works with an OS that old, apparently.

So. I bought a new 120GB SSD. Installed the live image (32 bit) on a USB stick, and swapped the old 16GB SSD for the new, blank 120GB one. Booted from the USB stick, but it doesn't recognise the new (and now internal) drive! That's odd, I thought. So I took the SSD out again, and installed the same Fedora 29 ISO on it from Windows (which recognises it fine).

I can boot (into the live installation) from the new SSD, but this won't let me install Fedora to the same physical disk, even though there's oodles of space on it. Which is a bit frustrating really, seeing as Fedora Media Writer resizes the thing anyway when writing the ISO.

However, if I boot from the USB stick, this doesn't recognise the SSD at all. The only disk that shows up is the USB stick itself, which I obviously can't install Fedora onto either.

If I swap the old 16GB SSD back into the machine and boot from the USB stick, that is recognised, and Fedora gives me the option to install the OS onto that. I don't want to do that yet as it's still got stuff on there I don't have elsewhere.

I can't find an ISO which just installs Fedora straight onto a disk without the "try me first" option. Is there one? That would be easiest, because I could presumably do that with Fedora Media Writer like I've done with the "live" ISO.

Either way, I seem to be stuck with a new SSD I can't install Fedora onto... any ideas?

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answered 2019-04-23 10:32:59 -0500

Saki gravatar image

If I'm not completely mistaken, your computer has a non-standard SSD, using the format and connection as old Asus EEE computers. The interface is IDE/ATA. You probably got a mSATA SSD which won't work as it's Serial ATA.

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answered 2019-04-23 09:57:01 -0500

The Atom series may have disc recognition problems. This may be caused by hardware constraints and compatibility issues. It seems to be affected by the control chipset because of the hardware restriction rather than the problem of the operating system.

Even in the case of server equipment, even if there is a restriction on recognition of SSD in a certain condition, It is also caused by the compatibility problems of input and output devices.

I remember that many atomic devices, such as asus eepc, had many storage limitations depending on the model.

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answered 2019-04-23 02:54:24 -0500

nickhill gravatar image

Thanks Richard, I'll try that. I also experimented with a live version of Ubuntu on USB stick and that couldn't recognise the new SSD either, so it's not just a Fedora problem.

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answered 2019-04-21 16:37:07 -0500

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updated 2019-04-21 18:49:15 -0500

I sometimes have problems with new disks and installers when the disk is not initialized. For example, if I do use windows and to clean from the CMD terminal the disk is no longer initialized and the installer can't recognize it. I suggest finding a way to initialize the disk with another tool before using the Fedora installer. I am not familiar enough with Linux to suggest a Linux tool for this. But I am sure this the problem you have. I suggest trying the Linux tools listed on this page:

Edit. Boot into your live USB and go to Disks and initialize the SSD. Edit-2: Boot into the Live USB means the try without installing on your live USB.

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@richard378A Have a nice day... variety of feedbacks will help you solve the problem.

simmon gravatar imagesimmon ( 2019-04-23 11:53:03 -0500 )edit

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