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I want to install Arch Linux on my laptop machine. I have created a 20GB partition to (dev/sda5) to be used as Arch Linux root partition. I tried installing using a usb thumbdrive (I don't have a cd on that machine) and my partitions were not recognized. I read a little bit and concluded this has something to do with cfdisk which Arch Linux uses to create the partitions. Is there a way to by pass that and directly install Arch to my hard drive in a similar process?

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Yes. You can use a graphical tool like GParted to set up all of your partitions and then continue with the standard Arch USB install from there.

You will find instructions on how to create a Live GParted USB drive here

I would then recommend that you choose a recent ISO from the Arch Releng site

Once you are back in the Arch install process, select the partition, filesystem and mountpoints you require and continue with the installation

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I have the partition set up an ready using Ubuntu (GParted) – Yotam Aug 9 '11 at 7:36
Then proceed to setting the filesystem mountpoints as per the Install Guide. If that is where you are stuck, try a more recent ISO. – jasonwryan Aug 9 '11 at 7:48
This is exactly whay I can't do. I have them set up on my HD. I have downloaded the 2010.05 iso (which is the one featured in the website) and cdisk can't identify my partitions – Yotam Aug 9 '11 at 9:09
But it does display your partition table? Switch to TTY2 and run cfdisk /dev/sda5. But as I said in my answer, your best bet is to download a more recent ISO and try again. Arch has moved on a lot in 15 months... – jasonwryan Aug 9 '11 at 9:26

There is Archboot which (iirc) uses parted instead of cfdisk to do the partition stuff.

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