I chucked my trusty Fedora 16 disk in an old computer of mine, and I'm having some problems. Sorry for the wall of text, but I want to describe the whole process I followed.
I set up on old PC to play around with, I moved an 80gb HDD from my main computer (which actually did have a fedora install on it already) and put it in as the only drive in this old computer. I tried to use gparted live to partition the disk into 30gb NTFS, 4.5gb linux-swap and the remaining as ext4. However I got an error whenever it came to writing the file system NTFS and EXT4 both failed. From memory the error was Input/output error on read /dev/sda.
I then decided to just install Windows XP and during installation I deleted the partitions that gparted had tried to make and gave XP the whole drive. Everything installed fine.
Then when I tried to install Fedora I kept getting errors, sometimes it was telling me the drive was blank/virtual/etc and when I went to partition it showed 100% unallocated space. Then I tried to resize the existing partition, which it did, but again it showed 100% unallocated. The settings I tried where "Resize existing partition" "use blank space" "replace existing linux partition" "custom layout" etc.
I then tried to use gparted live to restore XP's full partition size, but it gave me an error again (I forgot to write it down, but I believe it was "Input/output error on read /dev/sda").
So I decided that I would just partition the whole HDD from the Fedora instal;, but leave 30gb unallocated for me to reinstall Win XP, however Fedora refused to let me partition the drive. I can't remember the error, but it might have been the same input/output error as before.
Today I decided to chuck in the towel. I wiped the drive with zeros using DBAN and started over. I used win XP partition manager to create a 30gb partition for itself, and to leave the rest unallocated. Everything installed and works. I then went to install Fedora, and although I'm not getting the error that I yesterday, it doesn't recognise the NTFS partition, and when I click "use free space" it insists that the whole HDD is free space and wants to wipe everything.
- gparted live cd failed to partition drive (error: Input/output error on read /dev/sda)
- Windows XP installed and worked
- Fedora failed to recognise NTFS partition, thought drive was blank
- Fedora failed to completely repartition drive from scratch when told to (I think same error as gparted live)
- Gparted live cd failed to extend NTFS partition to take whole drive (error: Input/output error on read /dev/sda)
- Wiped HDD to zeros with DBAN
- Windows XP installed and works
- Fedora failed to recognise NTFS partition, thinks entire drive is unallocated space
Can anyone help me with this?
- chkdsk run before the DBAN wipe found no faults
- tried booting fedora with nogpt to try repartitioning before the DBAN wipe, same error
- Now it keeps saying "no usable disks have been found" - but still boots into XP just fine