Facing issues during installation of garuda linux on external SSD

i tried to install GARUDA Linux on external SSD, but at the partition creation step it fails. Looks like am doing something silly but help. this error is showing

Installation Failed
The installer failed to create a partition table on INSPIRE.
Create a new partition table (type: gpt) on ‘/dev/sdc’
Job: Create new partition table on device ‘/dev/sdc’
Command: sfdisk --wipe-always /dev/sdc

Please post garuda-inxi from live iso and share the full name of iso.


iso name: garuda-dr460nized-linux-zen-231029.iso

Kernel: 6.5.9-zen2-1-zen arch: x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 13.2.1
clocksource: tsc available: hpet,acpi_pm
parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-x86_64 lang=en_US keytable=us tz=UTC
misobasedir=garuda root=miso:LABEL=GARUDA_DR460NIZED_RAPTOR quiet
systemd.show_status=1 ibt=off driver=free nouveau.modeset=1
i915.modeset=1 radeon.modeset=1
Desktop: KDE Plasma v: 5.27.9 tk: Qt v: 5.15.11 wm: kwin_x11 vt: 2
dm: SDDM Distro: Garuda Linux base: Arch Linux
Type: Laptop System: Micro-Star product: GF63 Thin 11UC v: REV:1.0
serial: <superuser required> Chassis: type: 10 serial: <superuser required>
Mobo: Micro-Star model: MS-16R6 v: REV:1.0 serial: <superuser required>
UEFI: American Megatrends LLC. v: E16R6IMS.113 date: 06/29/2023
ID-1: BAT1 charge: 38.0 Wh (77.4%) condition: 49.1/51.3 Wh (95.8%)
volts: 12.2 min: 11.4 model: MSI BIF0_9 type: Li-ion serial: N/A
status: not charging
Info: model: 11th Gen Intel Core i5-11260H bits: 64 type: MT MCP
arch: Tiger Lake gen: core 11 level: v4 note: check built: 2020
process: Intel 10nm family: 6 model-id: 0x8D (141) stepping: 1
microcode: 0x46
Topology: cpus: 1x cores: 6 tpc: 2 threads: 12 smt: enabled cache:
L1: 480 KiB desc: d-6x48 KiB; i-6x32 KiB L2: 7.5 MiB desc: 6x1.2 MiB
L3: 12 MiB desc: 1x12 MiB
Speed (MHz): avg: 800 min/max: 800/4400 scaling: driver: intel_pstate
governor: powersave cores: 1: 800 2: 800 3: 800 4: 800 5: 800 6: 800 7: 800
8: 800 9: 800 10: 800 11: 800 12: 800 bogomips: 62668
Flags: avx avx2 ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx
Vulnerabilities: <filter>
Device-1: Intel TigerLake-H GT1 [UHD Graphics] vendor: Micro-Star MSI
driver: i915 v: kernel arch: Gen-12.1 process: Intel 10nm built: 2020-21
ports: active: eDP-1 empty: HDMI-A-1 bus-ID: 00:02.0 chip-ID: 8086:9a68
class-ID: 0300
Device-2: NVIDIA GA107M [GeForce RTX 3050 Mobile] vendor: Micro-Star MSI
driver: nouveau v: kernel non-free: 535.xx+ status: current (as of 2023-09)
arch: Ampere code: GAxxx process: TSMC n7 (7nm) built: 2020-23 pcie:
gen: 4 speed: 16 GT/s lanes: 8 link-max: lanes: 16 bus-ID: 01:00.0
chip-ID: 10de:25a2 class-ID: 0302
Display: x11 server: X.Org v: 21.1.9 with: Xwayland v: 23.2.2
compositor: kwin_x11 driver: X: loaded: modesetting,nouveau
alternate: fbdev,intel,nv,vesa dri: iris,nouveau gpu: i915 display-ID: :0
screens: 1
Screen-1: 0 s-res: 1920x1080 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 508x285mm (20.00x11.22")
s-diag: 582mm (22.93")
Monitor-1: eDP-1 model: AU Optronics 0xaf90 built: 2020 res: 1920x1080
hz: 144 dpi: 142 gamma: 1.2 size: 344x193mm (13.54x7.6") diag: 394mm (15.5")
ratio: 16:9 modes: 1920x1080
API: EGL v: 1.5 hw: drv: intel iris drv: nvidia nouveau platforms:
device: 0 drv: iris device: 1 drv: nouveau device: 2 drv: swrast
surfaceless: drv: iris x11: drv: iris inactive: gbm,wayland
API: OpenGL v: 4.6 compat-v: 4.3 vendor: intel mesa v: 23.2.1-arch1.2
glx-v: 1.4 direct-render: yes renderer: Mesa Intel UHD Graphics (TGL GT1)
device-ID: 8086:9a68 memory: 14.97 GiB unified: yes
API: Vulkan v: 1.3.269 layers: 3 device: 0 type: integrated-gpu name: Intel
UHD Graphics (TGL GT1) driver: mesa intel v: 23.2.1-arch1.2
device-ID: 8086:9a68 surfaces: xcb,xlib device: 1 type: cpu name: llvmpipe
(LLVM 16.0.6 256 bits) driver: mesa llvmpipe v: 23.2.1-arch1.2 (LLVM
16.0.6) device-ID: 10005:0000 surfaces: xcb,xlib
Device-1: Intel Tiger Lake-H HD Audio vendor: Micro-Star MSI
driver: sof-audio-pci-intel-tgl
alternate: snd_hda_intel,snd_sof_pci_intel_tgl bus-ID: 00:1f.3
chip-ID: 8086:43c8 class-ID: 0401
API: ALSA v: k6.5.9-zen2-1-zen status: kernel-api tools: N/A
Server-1: PipeWire v: 0.3.83 status: active with: 1: pipewire-pulse
status: active 2: wireplumber status: active 3: pipewire-alsa type: plugin
4: pw-jack type: plugin tools: pactl,pw-cat,pw-cli,wpctl
Device-1: Intel Tiger Lake PCH CNVi WiFi driver: iwlwifi v: kernel
bus-ID: 00:14.3 chip-ID: 8086:43f0 class-ID: 0280
IF: wlo1 state: up mac: <filter>
Device-2: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet
vendor: Micro-Star MSI driver: r8169 v: kernel pcie: gen: 1 speed: 2.5 GT/s
lanes: 1 port: 3000 bus-ID: 03:00.0 chip-ID: 10ec:8168 class-ID: 0200
IF: enp3s0 state: down mac: <filter>
Device-1: Intel AX201 Bluetooth driver: btusb v: 0.8 type: USB rev: 2.0
speed: 12 Mb/s lanes: 1 mode: 1.1 bus-ID: 3-14:2 chip-ID: 8087:0026
class-ID: e001
Report: btmgmt ID: hci0 rfk-id: 0 state: up address: <filter> bt-v: 5.2
lmp-v: 11 status: discoverable: no pairing: no class-ID: 7c010c
Local Storage: total: 1011.18 GiB used: 188.01 GiB (18.6%)
SMART Message: Unable to run smartctl. Root privileges required.
ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 maj-min: 259:0 vendor: Micron model: 2400 MTFDKBA512QFM
size: 476.94 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: 63.2 Gb/s
lanes: 4 tech: SSD serial: <filter> fw-rev: V3MA001 temp: 41.9 C
scheme: GPT
ID-2: /dev/sda maj-min: 8:0 vendor: SanDisk model: USB 3.2Gen1
size: 57.3 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B type: USB rev: 3.2
spd: 5 Gb/s lanes: 1 mode: 3.2 gen-1x1 tech: N/A serial: <filter>
fw-rev: 1.00 scheme: MBR
SMART Message: Unknown USB bridge. Flash drive/Unsupported enclosure?
ID-3: /dev/sdb maj-min: 8:16 model: PiBOX INSPIRE size: 476.94 GiB
block-size: physical: 4096 B logical: 512 B type: USB rev: 2.1 spd: 480 Mb/s
lanes: 1 mode: 2.0 tech: N/A serial: <filter> fw-rev: 4401
Message: No partition data found.
Kernel: swappiness: 133 (default 60) cache-pressure: 100 (default) zswap: no
ID-1: swap-1 type: zram size: 15.33 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) priority: 100
comp: zstd avail: lzo,lzo-rle,lz4,lz4hc,842 max-streams: 12 dev: /dev/zram0
System Temperatures: cpu: 55.0 C mobo: N/A
Fan Speeds (rpm): N/A
Processes: 281 Uptime: 7m wakeups: 1 Memory: total: 16 GiB note: est.
available: 15.33 GiB used: 3.41 GiB (22.3%) Init: systemd v: 254
default: graphical tool: systemctl Compilers: gcc: 13.2.1 Packages:
pm: pacman pkgs: 1228 libs: 353 tools: octopi,paru Shell: fish v: 3.6.1
running-in: konsole inxi: 3.3.30
warning: database file for 'garuda' does not exist (use '-Sy' to download)
warning: database file for 'core' does not exist (use '-Sy' to download)
warning: database file for 'extra' does not exist (use '-Sy' to download)
warning: database file for 'community' does not exist (use '-Sy' to download)
warning: database file for 'multilib' does not exist (use '-Sy' to download)
warning: database file for 'chaotic-aur' does not exist (use '-Sy' to download)
Garuda (2.6.17-1):
System install date:     2024-03-26
Last full system update: 2024-03-26 ↻
Is partially upgraded:   No
Relevant software:       snapper NetworkManager dracut
Windows dual boot:       <superuser required>
Failed units:

From where, did you do it with which command?
There is no /dev/sdc, you use an external USB drive?

Please, post

lsblk -f

sir i just followed the procedure in the garuda wiki

AME FSTYPE FSVER LABEL                          UUID                                 FSAVAIL FSUSE% MOUNTPOINTS
squash 4.0                                                                             0   100% /run/miso/sfs/livefs
squash 4.0                                                                             0   100% /run/miso/sfs/mhwdfs
squash 4.0                                                                             0   100% /run/miso/sfs/desktopfs
squash 4.0                                                                             0   100% /run/miso/sfs/rootfs
│    vfat   FAT32                                2DF1-51A9
│    ext4   1.0                                  cf0674e1-5c08-4c3a-874a-cc09d7f4551b
│    swap   1                                    85c45987-a36c-4e43-a361-eb2359288b97
ext4   1.0                                  5f18925d-ecf8-4dca-9a5a-96e20e721ab1
sdb  iso966 Jolie GARUDA_DR460NIZEDGAMING_RAPTOR 2023-10-29-10-57-46-00
│    iso966 Jolie GARUDA_DR460NIZEDGAMING_RAPTOR 2023-10-29-10-57-46-00                     0   100% /run/miso/bootmnt
vfat   FAT12 MISO_EFI                       94CC-E51B

│    vfat   FAT32 SYSTEM                         F291-5639
│    ntfs         Windows                        0ADE941FDE94055B
│    ntfs         New Volume                     689AA35D9AA32692
│    ntfs         WinRE tools                    087A95277A951314
ntfs         BIOS_RVY                       E65E97BB5E9782CB

and there is one more issue…whenever it gets failed, the external ssd automatically gets unmounted and i have to disconnect and reconnect it to try to install again!


Again, please answer all questions.

On the Micron NVME is windows with GPT: OK.
On the SanDisk USB flash drive is:


And on the (?)PiBox NAS(?) is the garuda.iso:


Do you want to install Garuda from the NAS to the USB stick, or what?
Can you please explain in more detail what you want to do?

Either I’m confused or the whole thing is confusing…or I need a coffee…


I need a coffe too…i have a bootable usb with garuda, and i want to install garuda on my external ssd. so i whenever i try to install it, it shows the error that the partitions cannot be created. and ssd get unmount. is there any permission related issue with ssd?

sir, link : Installation Manual | Garuda Linux wiki
yes sir am using external usb drive(bootable) and i want to install it on external ssd.

Four sentences of harakiri…you’ve written that before.

Where do you have the garuda.iso, on a usb stick? How, with ventoy or what? What do you want to install Garuda on, does the external SSD have a name (manufacturer/type)?

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yes i have garuda.iso my usb stick, using rufus…and i want to install it on external ssd.
i dont remember the manufacture but its nvme ssd 512gb.

You have a laptop that, according to your garuda-inxi, has an NVMe with 512GB ← and Windows is installed on it.
A sandisk USB stick (or is that a USB SSD?) and a PiBOX via USB (NAS? docking station? what is that?) are connected.

Are you sure? Not that you mean the internal nvme…

Please try to explain yourself more clearly.
And as @SGS said: please answer all questions.

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i have msi laptop with nvme SSD 512 gb and I have pibox ssd sata with another 512 GB SSD. i have bootable Garuda USB stick. now I want to install GARUDA on my external SSD pibox not on my laptop’s internal SSD. when I try to install it on my pibox(external)SSD it shows error that partitions cannot be created, and automatically my pibox(external)SSD gets unmount and I have to unplug and plug it again. I hope that this time I have explained the whole situation :roll_eyes:

–>pibox is the SSD sata adapter name

I’m confused as well.
Are you sure you didn’t flash the iso on the Pibox by mistake and are booting from it? So you cannot also install there.
Make sure you flash your /dev/sda USB key, boot with it. Maybe disconnect the Pibox before booting and connect it afterwards and install again.


no no…usb is bootable…not pibox. and am booting from usb.
okay will try to disconnect and connect afterwards!

not working!

That sounds better :slight_smile:

I suspect that you are using Windows to create the bootable USB stick. I advise you not to use rufus.
It is better to use ventoy (Ventoy) for the bootable USB stick and then copy the garuda.iso to the USB stick. Then boot Garuda with the USB stick.

If you want to install garuda from the live iso, can you select the external nvme adapter (PiBOX) in the installer (calamares)?
For example:

WHAT is not working?


it’s not working…using ventoy

I have the same suspicion too.

@skaddy: Boot the garuda live environment and post the output again

lsblk -f
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squash 4.0 0 100% /run/miso/sfs/livefs
squash 4.0 0 100% /run/miso/sfs/mhwdfs
squash 4.0 0 100% /run/miso/sfs/desktopfs
squash 4.0 0 100% /run/miso/sfs/rootfs
│ exfat 1.0 Ventoy 4E21-0000
│ └─ventoy
│ iso966 Jolie GARUDA_DR460NIZEDGAMING_RAPTOR 2023-10-29-10-57-46-00 0 100% /run/miso/bootmnt

btrfs b8542ad9-b5fa-46cb-8f67-1a73e1a9d278

│ vfat FAT32 SYSTEM F291-5639

│ ntfs Windows 0ADE941FDE94055B
│ ntfs New Volume 689AA35D9AA32692
│ ntfs WinRE tools 087A95277A951314
ntfs BIOS_RVY E65E97BB5E9782CB