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I keep getting the error message "The ext4 file system creation in partition #1 of SCSI 1 0,0,0 sda failed" when trying to install from a USB flash drive.

My hard drive is brand new and is totally blank so no other o/s.

I have tried several different o/s like Linux mint, jolicloud and seem to get the same problem but would prefer Ubuntu 12.04.

I see a few other people have made the same problem but can't find a solution.

I have tried to manually do the partitions and also have allowed the installation to sort them but same result every time.

Please help.

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Open a terminal and run dmesg to check for more detailed errors. Edit your question to show the last dozen or so lines of output. – psusi Sep 18 '13 at 13:37

I would use livecd system to create partitions and filesystem and get more information about the error if it can be reproduce on such system (check logs cat /var/log/dmesg)

Try using fdisk and mkfs :

Check this site to understand what partitions are necessary to run linux :

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