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I believe this is a different problem from a set of fdisk, gparted questions already asked and answered.

gparted reports the partition as /dev/sda as ntfs. I would have expected the partition to be reported as sda2 or sda4.

Gparted output

fdisk, fixparts, and Windows disk show the full set of expected partitions ( /root, /home, /var, swap, C (ntfs), D (ntfs)).

sfdisk reports:

sfdisk output

so I think the partitions are there, but gparted and the install partitioner are reporting the only partition as '/dev/sda'.

How do I take the content of sfdisk or fdisk and write the partition information so that gparted reads the same set of partition data/meta-data?

I think I can fix the other issues when the data that gparted uses matches the actual partitions.

note: I do not want to wipe out all the existing partitions by re-init'ing parted.

After the last xubuntu upgrade in place, the mount partitions were not being recognized. I had thought it might have been an issue with disk uid's and the boot scripts would drop me into emergency root access. I backed up my work directories and attempted to do a fresh install from LiveCD, where this problem makes itself evidenced.

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  • Post a screen shot? Or at least the output of parted -l, which should agree with what gparted says. – psusi Mar 16 '16 at 22:52
  • Your question is missing critical details, such as actual program output. (General tip: Always show real program output, such as cut-and-pasted text-mode output or screen shots. Summaries almost invariably omit critical information.) That said, I suspect you may be encountering this problem. – Rod Smith Mar 17 '16 at 18:33
  • from a install error on laptop, it is difficult to save a screenshot :-) Let me see if I can get the same state from the LiveCD. Again the problem is that gparted is reporting a partition as sda where normally partitions are sda2 or sdc4. – Kermit Tensmeyer Mar 18 '16 at 23:53
  • Try double-clicking the ! icon in the list, then post a screenshot the the resulting dialog. – QwertyChouskie Mar 19 '16 at 2:16
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While I do not know the answer to my question. I have resolved the underlying problem.

The solution to this problem:
1. backup the partition information [ sfdisk -d /dev/sda > sfparts.txt ]
2. Using gparted /dev/sda, under the device tab, I used the create partition table entry
3. At this point both gparted and fdisk showed the same single partition
4. Using [ sfdisk /dev/sda < sfparts.txt ] i restored the partition entries
5. Both gparted and fdisk had exactly the same view of the existing partitions

In the install process, I was able to delete some partitions, create new partitons, create the filesystems and then complete the basic install

thank you to those who responded

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