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I have a Dell XPS which had Ubuntu on it but it started playing up so booted from USB in the hope to install a fresh version but I now get the message saying

You need at least 8.6 GB disk space to install Ubuntu.

When I do fdisk I get the following

ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo fdisk -l
Disk /dev/loop0: 1.5 GiB, 1553670144 bytes, 3034512 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 /dev/sda: 7.2 GiB, 7747397632 bytes, 15131636 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
Disklabel type: dos
Disk identifier: 0x38f8fce6

Device     Boot Start      End  Sectors  Size Id Type
/dev/sda1  *     2048 15131635 15129588  7.2G  c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ 

Disk usage analyzer also doesn't recognise the drive on the laptop. When I try and boot into the laptop I get a load of varios errors before being dumped into BusyBox

Any suggestions on how to wipe it all and start from fresh? The BIOS seems to recognise it fine

When switching on the laptop (without USB), a screen about ACPI errors comes up but goes quickly into a Ubuntu loading screen (with 5 dots under the logo). After a few mins I get thrown into busybox (can't upload screenshots) but a few errors about:

ACPI error: Method parse/execution failed

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    what are the errors? – ravery Aug 20 '17 at 15:15
  • When switching on the laptop (without USB), a screen about ACPI errors comes up but goes quickly into a Ubuntu loading screen (with 5 dots under the logo). After a few mins I get thrown into busybox (will edit original) – pee2pee Aug 20 '17 at 15:21
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    in grub press "E" to edit the launch command. Change "quiet splash" to "no-splash" then boot. this will show the booting process and the error occuring. the ACPI errors are common with the new kernels, they can be ignored – ravery Aug 20 '17 at 15:25
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    Boot the Ubuntu USB, start Disks, select the hard disk in the left pane, click on the "hamburger" icon, select SMART Data & Tests. Review the data. Run the tests. Report back. – heynnema Aug 20 '17 at 15:25
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    So I installed Windows on it and it's working fine. Installed Ubuntu instead after and all good. Very odd. – pee2pee Aug 20 '17 at 16:41
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We found that - as noted on the Dell forums - disabling system RAID and putting the HD into AHCI mode was sufficient to solve this problem.

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