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I want to install Arch Linux on my desktop, it is going to be dual-booted with Windows.

I loaded the installation CD, but when I started cfdisk to partition my hard drive it gave me the following error.

root@arch # cfdisk
FATAL ERROR: Primairy parititon 1, partition ends in the final partial cylinder

How can I troubleshoot and fix this?

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You will need to start from scratch, delete all partitions, Configure new partitions and install your OS's.


It could have something to do with the New Advanced Format hard drives,


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Thank you for the answer, I suppose there is no other way. But do you know what the error means by any chance? – Duijf Jan 9 '11 at 17:40

I've had the same problem, and the solution was to use gparted to resize/move the existing partitions aligned to cylinder boundaries. Gparted has an option to align partitions to cylinder boundaries when setting the resize options.

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