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  • On my laptop I have Windows 7
  • My disk drive has several partitions whereof not all are used (for now) Partitions
  • My plan is to install Linux Mint on the 20000 MB (19,53 GB) partition (called I: in the picture)

To complete my plan I:

  1. Downloaded the iso Linux Mint 11 "Katya" - DVD (64-bit) (I have also tried Linux Mint 11 "Katya" - CD no codecs (64-bit)).
  2. Downloaded xBoot
  3. Used xBoot to installed the iso on a bootable USB-pin.
  4. Booted Linux Mint from the USB and choose to install Linux Mint.
  5. When I come to the partition screen, there are only four partitions - all partitions starting from the blank partition is viewed as ONE partition with the attribute UNKNOWN.


  • In Linux Mint I can easily mount the partitions K: and I:
  • I have tried to format I: to ext2 and to ext4
  • I have also tested other USB-installers, but with the same result.

Any ideas...?

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What does 'fdisk -l' run as root print? – Anton Barkovsky Nov 17 '11 at 18:15
Does Windows 7 come with a fdisk command line utility? If it does, run it in some mode that makes it display the partition table in a “geeky” way and copy-paste the output. – Gilles Nov 17 '11 at 23:43
@Gilles No, fdisk is deprecated on windows 7 (not part of xp or vista either I think). But I think it is still ok in the linux/unix world... I will check it as soon as I get some spare time! – AD. Nov 18 '11 at 8:17
@AntonBarkovsky Thanks but 'fdisk -l' gave nothing about the disk. – AD. Nov 22 '11 at 5:18
@AD., Have you tried formatting those partitions to NTFS and attempting to install Mint? – user14517 Feb 13 '12 at 16:11

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