I'm really new to Ubuntu and pretty scared with things right now. There were two partitions in the system partition 1 and partition 2 with ext4 format. Since I couldn't access them (I mean I couldn't create a folder or document or anything) I deleted these partitions and created new ones D and E with ntfs format. Now when I give

sufo fdisk-l

What I get is this

sujatha@sujatha-cellapp:~$ sudo fdisk -l
[sudo] password for sujatha: 

WARNING: GPT (GUID Partition Table) detected on '/dev/sda'! The util fdisk doesn't support GPT. Use GNU Parted.

Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders, total 976773168 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00000000

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System

/dev/sda1               1   976773167   488386583+  ee  GPT

But I had GParted create two partions D and E and I could see them then why it's not shown above..??

Also while starting system I could see a message showing like this

The disk drive for /partition 1 is not ready yet or not found
Continue to wait, or Press S to akip mounting or f for manual recovery

My GParted after partition looks like this after partition

Partition     File System     Mount Point    Label   Size    Used    Unused   Flags

/dev/sda1          ext4          /                 47.68GiB   43.57GiB  4.11GiB
/dev/sda2          linux-swap                      977.00MiB   --         --
/dev/sda4          ntfs                        D   208.08GiB  70.98MiB  208.02GiB msftdata
/dev/sda5          ntfs                        E   208.09GiB  70.98MiB  208.08GiB msftdata
/dev/sda3          fat32      /boot/efi            976.00MiB  5.22MiB   970.78MiB  boot
unallocated                                        1.02MiB     --         --     
  • Welcome to Ask Ubuntu. When you open Gparted a second time. Do you see the partitions?
    – MadMike
    Commented Feb 7, 2014 at 7:01
  • @MadMike thanks. Yeah i could see the D and E partitions there
    – suja
    Commented Feb 7, 2014 at 7:02
  • But, can you see them now?
    – MadMike
    Commented Feb 7, 2014 at 7:11
  • @MadMike yes I can see them I cant post images otherwise i will have put it up over here
    – suja
    Commented Feb 7, 2014 at 7:12
  • @MadMike i have added the gparted partition table to my post
    – suja
    Commented Feb 7, 2014 at 7:22

1 Answer 1


The answer to your question is in the first output that fdisk produced:

WARNING: GPT (GUID Partition Table) detected on '/dev/sda'! The util fdisk doesn't support GPT. Use GNU Parted.

Your disk uses the GUID Partition Table (GPT), which the version of fdisk you're using doesn't support. You must use GParted, parted, gdisk, or some other GPT-aware tool to partition the disk, not fdisk. (The latest versions of fdisk do support GPT, but they don't yet ship with Ubuntu.)

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