Ubuntu to Iomega 1tb Protable USB 3.0 Hard Drive

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  1. cshemby

    cshemby New Member

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    I recently purchased a Iomega Prestige 1tb protable hard drive with the hope of installing ubuntu on it. I have had friends install it to other external drives before. However, whenever I go to partition the drive from the Ubuntu Installer it only recognizes 125 gb of the drive and then gparted fails on install. I have tried wiping the drive and formatting if before installing but nothing seems to work. Can anyone help with this issue?

  2. Darwin

    Darwin New Member

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    The Disk is not compliant with the sector amounts used in all probability. Probably only compliant with 512mb. This is a problem with some externals. Maybe a quick chat with your local hardware store techie could help you with that issue, it may be that you need something a little more robust for the partition size.
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    No idea here; I only stopped in to remark that Iomega was a brand that I haven't seen mentioned in many years. Support may be sketchy...
  4. cshemby

    cshemby New Member

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    Thanks for the replies. I talked to their support and they were no help at all. They even told me they thought it was the USB cable and were going to send me another one. I got a package in the mail and it was a refurbished drive. So now I have two drives and neither one of them work.
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    Did you manage to solve the problem? I'm in the same situation :(
  6. Victor Leigh

    Victor Leigh Member

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    How about trying this? Make a Hiren BootCD. You can get the iso file here:
    http://www.hiren.info/pages/bootcd

    Then either burn it to a cd or use Unetbootin to put it on a pendrive. You can get Unetbootin here:
    http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/

    Boot up with HirenBootCD. There's a partition manager in there. It might work for your 1Tb drive.
  7. cshemby

    cshemby New Member

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    Haven't had an luck

    I haven't had any luck or much time to really work on it. Its sad when you are a computer programmer working on enterprise level software and can't figure out how to partition a simple external hard drive. Someone posted after you on my thread about a solution but I haven't tried it yet. May be worth looking in to.
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    Does fdisk work on it?
    Also, check if SMART reports anything unusual.
    (I have a 2tb IOMega and this worked for me: )
    smartctl -a -d sat /dev/sdx

    (Sorry for necro.)

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