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I've installed Ubuntu 20.04 on a disk partition in a new HP laptop, but are unable to boot into it. I found that there are issues with dual booting on HP machines using UEFI and some successful workarounds (https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2392797).

My problem is that when booting from an Ubuntu live USB, I'm unable to mount any of the partitions on the hard drive.

GParted throws this warning when started: GParted warning - space unused

And all partitions cannot be mounted, with variations of Unable to detect file system! or Unable to read the contents of this file system!. GParted - partitions list

This is what appears in the description of the Linux partition:

The device /dev/nvme0n1p3 doesn't exist

Failed to open '/dev/nvme0n1p3'.

The device /dev/nvme0n1p3 doesn't exist

Unable to read the contents of this file system!
Because of this some operations may be unavailable.
The cause might be a missing software package.
The following list of software packages is required for ntfs file system support:  ntfs-3g / ntfsprogs.

This problem was happening also before the installation, but it seems to have gone through without error.

  • Are you dual booting with Windows 10 Pro? Is the Windows install encrypted? – walttheboss May 28 at 12:13
  • @walttheboss No to either, it's Win 10 Home – mishamtrope May 28 at 14:39
  • Do you have ntfs-3g package installed on your live USB? Note to do so your live USB would have to have been created with persistence. – WinEunuuchs2Unix May 28 at 15:16
  • @WinEunuuchs2Unix ntfs-3g was installed but somehow creating a live USB with persistence solved the problem – mishamtrope May 28 at 17:35
  • If you are amicable to the suggestion I'll create an answer after work and you can accept it as it could be helpful to others in the future. – WinEunuuchs2Unix May 28 at 19:35
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As mentioned in comments the SSD partition attempting to mount is a Windows partition. For that to work you need ntfs-3g package installed. To successfully install packages to a Live USB it needs to be a persistent Live USB:

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