installing arch linux on old hp mini laptop.

I first wiped the hard drive using dban.

Did a Usb install.

I've created a partition table, after following several installation guides on youtube and other places.

I think the next step after creating partitions is to format them? or at least format the root partition.

keep getting this error enter image description here

Any help would be greatly appreciated


  • Have you unplugged the Arch Live USB? Coz you are not supposed to do that (unless you booted with parameter copytoram). – Tom Yan Aug 25 '17 at 5:41
  • this may have been the problem, thankyou..mkfs.ext4 seems to have worked for sda1, Do I do the same for the other two partitions? – David Aug 25 '17 at 16:06

Your disklabel is DOS which probably means that you are trying to install arch with UEFI boot.

If you want to use fdisk you must use a MBR(this is used with BIOS).

If you still want to use UEFI you need to make your partition with gdisk.

  • Thank you for the response.I am using MBR with a Bios not a UEFI. I am under the impression that I have no choice if I have a BIOS system I need to use MBR. – David Aug 25 '17 at 4:35
  • It has nothing to do with the problem (which seems more like a problem with the USB drive), and most tools work with GPT anyway. – cylgalad Aug 25 '17 at 7:07

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