I've been trying unsuccessfully to do a fresh install of Ubuntu 18.04 onto a blank Crucial MX500 SSD. The computer is a Lenovo Ideapad 300 with 8Gb memory.
When I reach the Installation Type page I only see the "Other" option, not the normal options to erase the old OS, install alongside or erase the disk. I try to format the disk, I enter the details for an ext4 partition filling the whole disk. (I don't think I need a swap partition in this version.) When I move on to the timezone selection page I get "The ex4 file system creation in partition #1 of SCSI5 (0,0,0) (sda) failed." and I'm flipped back to the disk page. I've looked in system logs but nothing seems to help.
I've tried formatting using fdisk and gparted with mixed results, fdisk seems to recognise the ext4 partition but gparted thinks it's an ISO9660 (cdrom). In any case the installer requires me to reformat to set the mount point.
(Note - I have successfully installed 18.04 onto other HDDs without any problems, but wanted to use SSD to improve performance.)
Has anyone successfully installed 18.04 on a Crucial MX500? Thanks in advance for any help.