SSD Not Found on Calamares After Failed Install

When the computer is booting up, press F11 (or what is appropriate) and you get this screen for choosing which ISO to boot from. This is where it all starts when deciding whether to do a legacy install OR a UEFI install. Many new users are confused about this. They just pick one and hope it is right.

If legacy is not enabled or available, only the entries starting with “UEFI” are listed.
In this case only the legacy option is available, and not UEFI choices.



Output of lsblk with nvme_core.default_ps_max_latency_us=0 and iommu=soft:

loop0    7:0    0 128.7M  1 loop /run/miso/sfs/livefs
loop1    7:1    0 809.6M  1 loop /run/miso/sfs/mhwdfs
loop2    7:2    0   1.7G  1 loop /run/miso/sfs/desktopfs
loop3    7:3    0 645.3M  1 loop /run/miso/sfs/rootfs
sda      8:0    0   7.5G  0 disk /run/miso/bootmnt
├─sda1   8:1    0   3.3G  0 part 
└─sda2   8:2    0     4M  0 part 

This is different to what mine shows? But i have my system set to UEFI only no legacy CSM disabled and secure boot disabled and all secure keys erased.

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Before this problem, I was afforded two options: Either the USB, or the SSD. When I would try to choose the USB, the screen would flicker and return me to the same menu. I then remembered that I had to disable Secure Boot in order to get into the Live USB environment. On this menu, only the name of the USB was provided. No partitions.

I disabled Secure Boot, and on the same menu, I was provided the same options as above. No partitions were optioned. Only the full name of the USB.

This was on the latest EOS ISO.

The proper usb is listed in the menu you just need to move it to the top to boot first. Highlight the entry and use the plus and or minus keys to move it up or down in the list.

Edit: One other thing you might try is to turn secure boot back on and then clear all the secure boot keys then disable secure boot again after clearing the keys.

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USB is at the top. See below.


Re: your second suggestion – I will try that now.

I would also move the nvme to the top under the usb hdd Scandisk Cruzer Glide

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Received. Will try that now. I will edit this post with results.

No dice, friends. I followed @ricklinux’s instructions in Post #77, tried two different combinations as described in Post 62 and Post 66, same output as lsblk as described in Post 71. The SSD does not show up in Gparted nor in the Manjaro installer.

@fbodymechanic – I tried using the Windows installer yesterday. It initializes, but doesn’t locate a storage media (Edit: I should say it tells me it fails or can’t proceed or some such language). With that, I would doubt Ubuntu would see it? I guess I could try until the enclosure I purchased to test the drive via USB on my working machine arrives.

Personally i wouldn’t waist any more time on it. Get another m.2 drive to try. But as you say that drive type may be harder to get hold of. I use only m.2 2280 Nvme drives.

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Yeah, I was feeling that this morning but really wanted to explore this avenue further. The next steps for me are as follows, with consequent actions in place should the first fail.

  1. USB enclosure with the faulty(?) KIOXIA drive to see if my working machine can recognize it. If it does, I will format it and try this all again.

  2. Order a M2 2242. Thankfully, there are a couple eBay sellers that sell this form factor and the right storage size. Install EOS and off we go.

  3. Proceed with Lenovo warranty service.

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Okay …good luck. Let us know how it turns out. You should be able to boot on the live ISO and see the drive.


Cheers, all, for your help and patience and following me down this way. I will be sure to follow up. This was a really positive experience for me.


Sorry man, but I’d say there’s a good chance it’s no good. Windows tends to be even less picky about installing to bad out dying drives. I’d imagine that’s your most likely issue.

I’m looking forward to helping you once you do get it up and going. I’m a Thinkpad/x1 nut, so I always like seeing them on Linux.

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i have no clue but it is the relevant part of the boot log…

Friends –

Just a quick update and an additional question. The USB enclosure method I mentioned in Post 83 did not work. Perhaps the MBR was damaged, as the output of lsblk was 0 bytes.

The new SSD I ordered is in the mail – should be here by Thurs or Friday. I have an additional question:

In Posts 49 and onward, you can see @ricklinux and I going back and forth trying to figure out how to change a boot mode to “AHCI.” I failed to find the menu in my Lenovo BIOS to change that.
The question: will the new SSD HD need to be in that mode? If so, I’ll have to find a way to change it…otherwise I may have to install Windows, change it from Windows (there are many pages provided guidance how to do this), and then install EOS.

Thanks, all.

You don’t need to install Windows to change settings for your drives. Those settings should be in the UEFI bios if it even has them. It may be the default because it doesn’t have a Raid setting. So don’t worry about this as i don’t believe it has anything to do with the drive problem.

What drive did you end up getting?

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Okay, great. I started the Lenovo warranty process just in case the SSD doesn’t work out for whatever reason.

I got this one, same as I showed you. I’m really limited by the form factor. Can only get M2 2242 PCIE NVME single-sided.

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Update friends: The new SSD is in and I write this message from EndeavourOS!

Super happy with it so far. Thanks for everyone’s help!


So it just works then! Glad to hear!

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