Facing issues during installation of garuda linux on external SSD

And now the output from

inxi -d

shared the whole terminal as values get changed acc. to previous comment because i have to boot up in garuda again for inxi -d command

Now it’s right. Garuda live iso on the usb stick is the source and the PiBOX is the target.

Now try to install.

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i was doing the same thing.

Maybe you could try creating the GPT in the external SSD (whatever /dev/sdX will be next time) from GParted (there is a function to do that) in the live USB and, if it will work…, try installing again.


Your laptop is UEFI-only and Windows was also installed in UEFI mode.
If you want to install garuda, which option did you choose when partitioning in the calamares installer, erase disk? If so, then calamares does everything automatically, including the gpt scheme.

Anyway, try @filo’s suggestion.

At the moment I suspect this strange PiBOX. You can counteract this by reversing source and target. Flash the Garuda live environment onto the PiBOX, boot from it and select the USB stick as the installation target. If that works, then the problem lies with the PiBOX.

Edit: Do you really want a portable Linux on an external SSD?
Your laptop has 2 slots internally for drives…1 x m.2 pcie nvme and an empty 2.5" sata port.


manually GPT not working and making pibox as bootable is also not working…i guess i have to drop my garuda dream :frowning: … yeah one more thing…i can install kali on pibox normally…but garuda installation not working… :frowning:

Answer the questions:


Kali runs? :thinking: Ok…
Check your BIOS/UEFI settings:
disable fastboot
disable secureboot
enable ahci

Try again.

yes erase disk and yeah i want a portable linux.
already disabled fastboot…secureboot…and ahci

(Be sure you have a backup of all important files from your Windows installation.)

Create a bootable USB stick with garuda.iso.
Go to BIOS → Boot mode select → if it says UEFI with CSM, set it to UEFI → save and exit.
Boot the garuda live environment.
Connect the PiBOX to the laptop.
Open gparted and select the PiBOX.
Delete all partitions on the PiBOX.
Menu bar → device → create partition table → set it to gpt.
Create a new partition and format it with btrfs.
Apply all operations and exit gparted.
Open the calamares installer, select the PiBox at the top of the partitions page. It should say EFI on the left and GPT on the right.
Try to install.
If the installation ends with the error message again → open the console and post the output from

sudo parted -l

not working
Model: PiBOX INSPIRE (scsi)
Disk /dev/sda: 512GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/4096B
Partition Table: unknown
Disk Flags:

Model: USB SanDisk 3.2Gen1 (scsi)
Disk /dev/sdb: 61.5GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: gpt
Disk Flags:

Number Start End Size File system Name Flags
1 1049kB 61.5GB 61.5GB Ventoy msftdata
2 61.5GB 61.5GB 33.6MB fat16 VTOYEFI hidden, msftdata, no_automount

Model: Micron_2400_MTFDKBA512QFM (nvme)
Disk /dev/nvme0n1: 512GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: gpt
Disk Flags:

Number Start End Size File system Name Flags
1 1049kB 316MB 315MB fat32 EFI system partition boot, esp
2 316MB 450MB 134MB Microsoft reserved partition msftres
3 450MB 100GB 99.6GB ntfs Basic data partition msftdata
4 100GB 491GB 391GB ntfs Basic data partition msftdata
5 491GB 492GB 944MB ntfs Basic data partition hidden, diag, no_automount
6 492GB 512GB 20.3GB ntfs Basic data partition hidden, diag, no_automount

Model: Unknown (unknown)
Disk /dev/zram0: 16.5GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 4096B/4096B
Partition Table: loop
Disk Flags:

Number Start End Size File system Flags
1 0.00B 16.5GB 16.5GB linux-swap(v1)

when it fails…PiBox automatically unmount, as you can see above!
what to do…this is the first time am facing so much issue in linux installation

  1. No matter what method you use, creating the gpt partition table on the PiBOX always fails.
    At the moment I still suspect the strange PiBOX. I only know one PiBOX, and that is a NAS that can also be used as mass storage via USB. Can you share a link to the PiBOX INSPIRE?

  2. Set your BIOS to CSM and boot the live.iso. Create an MS-DOS partition table on the PiBOX with gpartet and try to install garuda.

  3. Install Kali again on the PiBOX and post from the installed Kali (not from the kali-live.iso):

sudo parted -l
  1. Try installing another arch based distro, e.g. EndeavourOS.

  2. Since you obviously don’t get any i/o errors when partitioning, the PiBOX seems to be ok. You can still check the smart values.
    With linux (replace sda ​​with your PiBOX’s mapping):

sudo smartctl -x /dev/sda

With windows: Download CrystalDiskInfo and use it to check the PiBOX.


not working. dropped the idea… it’s better to use other os instead of Garuda!
thanks for the help btw!!

If you happen to find the error at any point, please let us know.

And remember, a real nerd never gives up :slight_smile:


Try a different adapter instead of giving up . Buy a good quality one from a trusted manufacturer . I have had many issues with cheap-ass adapters in the past.


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