Trying to install EOS on dual-boot but EOS only recognizes USB drive

I have windows 11, wanting to install EOS on dual boot. I select bootable USB from boot options, and it automatically starts EOS. When trying to install into desktop, it only recognizes the USB drive to form partitions on, but not the SSD actually installed on the laptop.

I have an unallocated partition on the laptop’s SSD, and would like to install EOS on that partition.

What am I doing wrong?

I’d also like to know if i should install EOS on ext4, or stick with NFTS in order to preserve cross talk and file transfers with the windows partition?



Something, or nothing :smile: .
Post output from this terminal command (in text, not image):

sudo fdisk -l

liveuser@eos-2023.03.06 ~]$ sudo fdisk -1

Disk /dev/sda: 931.51 GiB, 1000204886816 bytes, 1953525168 sectors

Disk model: Super Speed

Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes

Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes

I/0 size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes

Disklabel type: gpt

Disk identifier: ODC41E8D-168A-4B48-ACCE-5125E03183FA

Device dev/sdai

Start 2048

End 1953525134

Sectors 1953523087

Size 931.5G

Type Microsoft basic data

Disk /dev/loop®: 1.69 GiB, 1815969792 bytes, 3546816 sectors

Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes

Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

1/0 size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

[liveuser@eos-2023.03.06 ~]$

I only see the 1 TB external drive. Out if curiosity, is this the proper install method? To load the USB drive on bootup, then click start the installer from the welcome menu, and its supposed to show all the drives accessible to the computer? I only turned off secure boot and fast boot, I didn’t change any other bios settings. The laptop’s SSD is formatted in NTFS with the exception of the unallocated space I left open. The external boot drive is formatted in fat 32 as NTFS didn’t let it show up in the boot loader list.

**The SSD SATA mode is RST with Optane. Just switched out to AHCI took a few steps but it worked. Installing now, will update if any new issues arise.


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Welcome to EndeavourOS!

The target partition to put EndeavourOS must not be NTFS. It might not work and that file system is propietary, there is no OS other than Windows that could do anything with it and M$ could change its format if they wanted to. That file system, and FAT16/FAT32 for that matter, doesn’t know how to handle “inodes” and other internal information Linux saves for each file on the system. Sadly there is nothing to do about it, if you want to share regular files between NTFS Windows partition and a Linux “/home/user” directory.

You have to format as “btrfs” or “ext4” but this will require some research. If you’re interested in having ready backups then maybe you should reserve a lot of space and go for “btrfs”. Maybe somebody else will answer you who knows more about this than I do.

Erm, Mr. Taktikos meant:
sudo fdisk -l

Lowercase “L” not “one”.

EDIT: finally before you paste a report please type three grave accents (don’t use shift with the “squiggle”, I don’t know what keyboard design you’re using). Then paste your text, then type the three grave accents again. It will produce text like this which is easier to read.


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