Cannot create ext3 partition when installing 7.04 over old HPFS partition

Bug #114248 reported by Jean-Yves Rouffiac on 2007-05-12
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
ubiquity (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

I have a 20GB Western Digital IDE drive on which I had previously installed eComstation 1.2R (OS/2 Warp 4.5 codebase with many changes - website is at

The drive was partioned thus:

4GB: Primary Bootable HPFS
Remainder: Logical HPFS, non-Bootable

I did *not* have IBM's PartitionManager installed.

I attempted to install Ubuntu 7.04 from the CD Canonical sent - I booted into the LiveCD mode, double clicked on the "Install" icon.

Whether using the standard or advanced partitioning method, I would get a pop-up error box during the install at around 10-15% saying that Ubuntu had failed to create the ext3 partition for hd0 master (apologies, I did not write down the exact message).

I eventually used the advance method to select ReiserFS instead, and the installation worked fine, no other problems at all during the install. The swap partition size defaulted to 880Mb and I kept it as that.

Other settings I made during the install:

Language: English
Location: London, United Kingdom
Keyboard: UK, UK
Default User: Administrator

My PC: AMD Athlon 2400+, 872MB memory, ATi A3 chipset with built in Radeon7000 graphics plus dual-head support allocated 128Mb, sorry not sure what kind of sund card it is ("ALi"?), standard Realtek 10/100 networking, DVD-ROM, DVD-RW, PS/2 Mouse and Keyboard.

Jean-Yves Rouffiac (jrouffiac) wrote :

Forgot to say: The drive is in a removable caddy and was the only hard drive present during install as I had removed my main WinXP drive first.

Brian Murray (brian-murray) wrote :

Thanks for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. This bug did not have a package associated with it, which is important for ensuring that it gets looked at by the proper developers. You can learn more about finding the right package at . I have classified this bug as a bug in ubiquity.

Adam Niedling (krychek) wrote :

Feisty is not supported anymore. Please reopen this report if this is still an issue in a later version of Ubuntu.

Changed in ubiquity:
status: New → Invalid
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