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I try to install Ubuntu - it doesn't "see" HDD or partitions at all.

What I have: Laptop with 13 and 4GB RAM Windows 7 home premium, need to save it. I've made a separate primary partition with ext4 file system, 60GB.

How I initiate installation Boot from USB, Ubuntu 13.10 amd64, downloaded from official site.

  1. Choose "Test Ubuntu", then try to install
  2. Choose "Install Ubuntu"

The result is the same - to HDD or partitions in the list, when I need to choose location.

Please, HELP!

P.S. DELL+Ubuntu cooperate closely, but what's wrong here? This leads to users loss a lot, can't you test such typical cases?!

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Does Gparted see the HDD? –  arhimed Feb 8 '14 at 17:30
Yes, I've used it to make ext4 partition. Boot from USB-"Try Ubuntu"-Gparted. Still problem. –  Alexander Feb 10 '14 at 12:53
If Gparted see your hdd, than the problem is in partition table. Only one thing helped me to solve the problem: i've made a backup of all important data on my portable hdd and fully format laptop hdd with Gparted and creation of new mbr partition table. –  arhimed Feb 10 '14 at 15:54
@arhimed, thanks a lot! I still hope, I can avoid this, since this laptop has official OEM Windows 7 I must save in place. Thus, erasing od HDD is not possible for me. Maybe, there is another option.. –  Alexander Feb 12 '14 at 13:06

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