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My laptop got stuck in the dreaded blue screen windows loop. I decided to try and install ubuntu... a fresh install. I have 14.04.3 on a usb drive which i can boot.

I think there's some issue with my hd (though hp pavilion laptop is only 5 months old)

Anyway i thought i'd try and format the 1tb disk so i went to drives and chose Overwrite existing data with zeroes (slow) And Compatible with modern systems and hard disks > 2tb (gpt) And clicked format. ..then i received the following error. .

Error synchronizing after initial wipe: Timed out waiting for object (udisks-error-quark,0)

Am i to presume that my hd is beyond help? Or am i doing something wrong? Or are there any other options?


Ok ..so i searched Gparted and clicked on that.

Now i have another error message which i don't even understand.

Libparted Warning

/dev/sda contains GPT signatures, indicating that it has a GPT table.However it does not have a valid msdos partition table as it should. Perhaps it was corrupted - possibly by a program that doesn't understand GPT partition tables. Or perhaps you deleted the GPT table and are now using an msdos partition table. Is this a GPT partition table?

:o i have the option of yes or no. But i don't even understand the error. I guess my laptop is in big trouble if i can't even format.

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    Try formatting it with Gparted, which is included in the Live Environment. – TheWanderer Jul 16 '16 at 12:34
  • try @Zacharee1 solution. – Manee Osman Jul 16 '16 at 12:37

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