I installed Elementary OS Freya this morning, and I setup the partitions as follows:

  • swaparea: 17GB
  • /home : 50GB
  • / : 50GB
  • reserved bios boot thingy: 1024MB

And this is on a 128GB SSD.

So my problem is, why is Elementary OS Freya telling me that I am completely out of disk space? I have not installed anything other than the OS itself, and I left more than enough room on each partition.

This is really weird, and I hope someone can help shed some light on this.

df -h output:

me@me:~$ df -h
Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sdb1        28G   26G  8.0K 100% /
none            4.0K     0  4.0K   0% /sys/fs/cgroup
udev            7.8G  4.0K  7.8G   1% /dev
tmpfs           1.6G  1.5M  1.6G   1% /run
none            5.0M     0  5.0M   0% /run/lock
none            7.8G   92K  7.8G   1% /run/shm
none            100M   52K  100M   1% /run/user
/dev/sdb4       976M  3.4M  972M   1% /boot/efi
/dev/sdb3        71G  139M   67G   1% /home
  • Please add the output of the command df -h to your question.
    – Rafael
    Aug 21, 2015 at 0:03
  • @Rafael Just added output.
    – forloop
    Aug 21, 2015 at 0:29
  • I don't understand. None of that even remotely matches what I entered as the values for each partition.
    – forloop
    Aug 21, 2015 at 0:33
  • what is the output of lsblk?, also what did you use to create the partitions? the OS installer, gparted or fdisk? Aug 21, 2015 at 4:45
  • I used the OS installer. I'll try that command when I get back to the PC later tonight.
    – forloop
    Aug 21, 2015 at 12:26

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The best possible thing I can think of is 'your options did not save' at the time of partitioning and the installer somehow pointed to system defaults. Did you really save your partition settings before proceeding (and did not do back/forward clicks)?

  • This is what I am thinking. I have tried formatting and repartitioning and reinstalling from scratch several times with no success. I think it's a bug in Ubuntu based distros. I had this problem with Ubuntu 15.04 and 14.04. I don't have this issue with Fedora though. And for some reason, Ubuntu and EOS aren't detecting my second internal hard drive.
    – forloop
    Aug 21, 2015 at 12:24
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    I am using Ubuntu 14.04 based elementary OS and it works smoothly Aug 22, 2015 at 0:14
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    I meant compatibility bugs, with respect to my particular hardware. I should have said that actually, but I am a lazy typer.
    – forloop
    Aug 22, 2015 at 0:21
  • By not detecting do you mean they are not showing up in a file manager or from sudo fdisk -l? In your examples above you list /dev/sdb, so it appears to me Linux is certainly detecting at least 2 drives. Is there any mention of another drive (sdc?) in dmesg at all? What is the model of hdd? Is it connected via a RAID controller per chance (not necessarily enabled, just connected to)?
    – elmato
    Aug 22, 2015 at 8:18
  • I am glad its working foe you, Kajal. I havent got it working yet, but I have had to switch back to Windows temporarily so i can finish my project. I havr made some progress with elementaty though booting with 'forcevideo' sonehow resolves many issues i was having, includong the partman errors.
    – forloop
    Aug 29, 2015 at 13:04

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